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For immediate release	        		              For more information, contact
September 19, 2001	          				  Ruth C. Benedict, (313) 961-6675
              Angela Jeruzal (248) 855-6777

Community Foundation Grants $1.7 Million to Plan, Construct Linked Greenways

Unique program awards first grants to
13 municipalities, nonprofits working to create network of
trails, green spaces in southeast Michigan

Detroit, MI - The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (CFSM)
today announced 13 grants totaling $1,687,755, to plan and construct
projects to link - or lay the groundwork to connect - miles of greenways in
the region.  The $1.7 million in grants has already leveraged an additional
$4.8 million from public and private funders, and has the potential to
generate another $5 million as the projects are completed.  The grants are
the first of several rounds of funding through the CFSM's GreenWays
Initiative, a comprehensive effort aimed at improving the quality of life by
increasing the availability of natural areas or "green" space for use by the
public while enhancing the region's natural landscape.

The 13 grantees include six cities, two townships, one county, three
nonprofits and one university.  All were selected through a competitive
process after submitting detailed strategies to create new - or link
existing - greenways. Greenways are linear open spaces, including habitats
and trails, linking parks, nature reserves, cultural features or historic
sites, creating increased recreation and conservation opportunities. Two
types of grants were awarded - predevelopment grants to support final-phase
planning and land grants, to support the physical assemblage or construction
of greenways.

The 13 GreenWays grantees and their grants are:
land grants
*	City of Flat Rock, for a trail to cross the Huron River			$200,000
*	City of Rochester Hills, for its section of the Clinton River Trail
*	City of Sylvan Lake, for its section of the Clinton River Trail		$  75,000
*	Nortown Community Development Corp., Detroit, to develop
*	the Milbank/Conner Creek Greenway					$  75,000
*	Polly Ann Trailway Management Council Inc., Oxford, to develop
the Polly Ann Trail							$240,000
*	University of Michigan-Dearborn, for a trail along the Rouge
River, part of the Rouge Gateway Project			             $381,750
*	Washtenaw County, for part of the Border-to-Border Trail between
 Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti						$200,000

predevelopment grants
*	Charter Township of Clinton, to support an engineering study
for a bike trail to link to the Metropolitan Parkway Trail 			$  43,000
*	Charter Township of Van Buren, to plan the development of a trail
to connect to the Downriver Linked Greenways network			$  38,700
*	City of Ann Arbor, to assess the feasibility of using a dam as a trail
link along
the Border-to-Border Trail								$  25,375
*	City of Detroit, to explore the possibility of a trail to link Clark and
Riverside parks
 and Historic Fort Wayne								$  63,000
*	City of Trenton, to support the Trenton Waterfront Redevelopment Project
along the Detroit River									$  58,000
*	Northwest Detroit Neighborhood Development Inc., to plan the Lyndon
Project to connect to Eliza Howell Park							$  37,930

"As a result of these grants, people in southeast Michigan will have more
trails and bike paths and greater opportunities to enjoy the natural
environment," said Joseph L. Hudson Jr., chairman of the CFSM's Board of
Trustees.  "These grants demonstrate there is strong interest in preserving
and creating natural areas for relaxation and recreation. The hard work and
great ideas represented in these projects give us real hope that others will
step up to the plate to build greenways to strengthen our region's
environmental and social health. This is just the beginning."

Each of the 13 grant applicants had to provide evidence that it had
collaborated with other organizations and communities to build support for
its proposed project.  As a group, the 13 projects initiate a long-term
opportunity of linking a potentially large network of trails and green
spaces all around the area.

"As these 13 projects are completed they will bring significant additional
funding into the region," said Tom Woiwode, director of the GreenWays
Initiative. "There is already $4.8 million in matching funds coming to
southeast Michigan because of these grants, and if these projects are
completed as planned, that amount of leveraged funds will at least double.
These are exciting projects, and we hope they will trigger similar efforts
around the region."

The GreenWays Initiative, which will use $25 million in private support to
leverage a minimum of $50 million in untapped state and federal funds, is
helping nonprofits and local governments construct or restore green
corridors throughout the seven counties of southeast Michigan. The region
has nearly 2,400 miles of potential greenways corridors.  In addition to
grants, the GreenWays Initiative is engaging in public education, outreach
and capacity-building programs.

To date, the CFSM has raised about $16 million toward a goal of $25 million,
including the largest-ever grant made by the McGregor Fund, as well as the
largest grant The Kresge Foundation has made through its Detroit Initiative.
Major funding has also come from The Carls Foundation, John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation, Matilda R. Wilson Fund, Whitney Fund, The Americana
Foundation, the Frey Foundation, the Hudson-Webber Foundation and the DTE
Energy Foundation. Individuals and corporations interested in contributing
to the GreenWays Initiative should call (313) 961-6675.

The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, founded in 1984, is a
permanent community endowment built by gifts from hundreds of individuals
and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan.  The
Foundation works to improve the region's quality of life by supporting a
wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health,
human services, community development and civic affairs.  The Foundation has
assets of more than $300 million and, since its inception, has distributed
$115 million through 14,845 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout
Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston
counties.  Additional information on the GreenWays Initiative is available
at the Community Foundation's web site at www.cfsem.org.

Melissa McMillan
Administrative Assistant- the GreenWays Initiative
Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan
333 West Fort Street Ste. 2010
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-6675
(313) 961-2886 (fax)

For information about the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan,
how to apply for a grant, or how to establish a fund, please call or visit
our Web site at www.cfsem.org

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