Grants: Communication

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Great Mural Project

Dec 2019

Proposed by the Downtown Saginaw Association, the Great Mural Project is composed of a group of engaged and connected young professional Saginaw City lovers who believe that every great city needs art, music and cultural events and are willing to enrich the Saginaw community by transforming eyesores or forgotten space with beautiful murals and community art installations. TGMP has approached WIN to support a minimum of two murals that will focus on sustainability, the river system, non-motorized trails and other projects that have been a focus of WIN investment regionally, and in Saginaw specifically. WIN will provide a small advisory committee to inform the project and artists, and come up with ideas, concepts, and guidance.

Places Create Stories : The Power of Nature

Dec 2015

Proposed by a partnership of Heart of the Lakes and Little Forks Conservancy, this media project builds on and expands an ongoing project that is receiving financial support through the Coastal Zone Grant Program. The objective is to develop 3 short videos that focus on the value of nature and its protection and conservation from an economic and community perspective. There is growing concern that people are disconnected from nature, and this video series will be built to focus on the importance of that relationship as it relates to community character, job retention and recruitment, and economic development. Distribution will be through land conservancies, and can be tailored for each group to use. Additional groups, such as local film festivals, Delta College and others have shown interest in showing them as previews before main attractions. There are also sponsorship opportunities.

Nature Kindergarten Pilot

Jun 2012

This grant supports the development and purchase of equipment for a new nature-based kindergarten pilot project at Bullock Creek Schools. Building on the successful nature-based preschool program at Chippewa Nature Center, Bullock Creek – in cooperation with CNC – plan to carry this program forward into two kindergarten classroom in 2012-2013 as a pilot project.

MI Great Bay Regional Tourism Marketing & Development Phase 1

Oct 2008

This project requested WIN funding to jump start the development and implementation of a regional tourism initiative for the Saginaw Bay Coastal communities. Based around a joint website (, Saginaw Bay coastal communities will implement a comprehensive web-based tourism program – in coordination and supported by the State of Michigan’s Pure Michigan program. The Bay City Convention and Visitors Bureau is providing oversight for the project and has agreed to be the long-term project manager of this effort.

2004 WIN Annual Report

Sep 2004

Publication of 2004 report – based on 2001, 2002 and 2003 reports – highlighting WIN activities and accomplishments in 2003. Provide information about the concept of sustainability through text and examples.

Eco-tourism and Environmental Education in Michigan's Gateway to the North

May 2004

This project supported the Clare County Board of Commissioners and Clare County MSU-Extension in their endeavor to develop recreational and eco-tourism programming in Clare County. Specifically, this project identified, databased, mapped, marked with new signage and market natural and recreational resources and eco-tourism routes. In addition, this project updated and distributed information about outdoor, leisure, eco-tourism, environmental education and recreation events and activities via a web page, newspaper and other media. Finally, this project provided new recreational/environmental education activities to youth in their own communities through an innovative “roving leader” program using Central Michigan University Recreation Program interns.

2003 WIN Annual Report

Nov 2003

Publication of 2003 report – based on 2001 & 2002 reports – highlighting WIN activities and accomplishments in 2003. Provide information about the concept of sustainability through text and examples.

2002 WIN Annual Report

Nov 2002

Publication of 2002 report – based on 2001 report – highlighting WIN activities and accomplishment sin 2002. Provide information about the concept of sustainability through text and examples.

WIN Youth Connections Action Grant Program

Apr 2001

The Youth Connections Action Grant Program will seek opportunities to increase awareness of the symbiotic relationship of the community, the economy and the environment through small grant funding for innovative, educational projects. It is anticipated that grant awards will range from $100 to $500 and be awarded to projects that demonstrate the concepts of sustainable development. An interdisciplinary team of grant reviewers and project coordinators will be assembled to design and administer this project. The project will begin in September 2001, and continue through October 2001, with awards announced in November, 2001.

WIN Communications Plan Phase 1 Implementation

Mar 2000

In early 1999, the WIN Communications Task Group engaged the services of consultant Barb Muessig to assist WIN in developing a plan to provide for effective communications, both internally and externally. Barb completed her work in March, and provided a written report of her findings, along with implementation tactics, to the Task Group. The project involves the implementation of the some of the short-term tactics identified as most important in that document.

WIN Communications Plan

Oct 1999

WIN’s Communications Task Group has identified a need to to develop a communications strategy forWIN. The Conservation Fund will retain a professional consultant to assist the Communications Task Group with the work.

Communications Materials for FY 1999/2000

Apr 1999

The Communications Task Group requested funding to cover the cost of communication materials for May 1999 – May 2000. The budget includes funding for WIN Folders, Letterhead, envelopes, development of 35 slides, and web page maintenance.