The Brooksie Way Minigrant Program Seeking Applications for Winter Funding Cycle

The Brooksie Way is seeking applications from local communities and non-profits interested in funding assistance for programming that supports healthy and active lifestyles for Oakland County residents.

The Brooksie Way Minigrant program uses proceeds from the HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon to support various programs that support healthy and active lifestyles. The minigrant program has allocated more than $135,000 since it began in 2010. The maximum award is $2,000.

“We have touched the community in more ways than I ever would have imagined,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Whether it was a karate program for kids with cancer, a yoga program for disabled children or a plan to keep seniors physically active and fit, the minigrants continue to pay dividends. My son would have been very pleased.”

The Brooksie Way is named after Brooks Stuart Patterson, the son of the county executive, who died after an accident in 2007.

Complete guidelines and instructions on how to apply for a Brooksie Way Minigrant can be found at The deadline for applications is March 15. The press release said they will be awarded at the kick-off for the HealthPlus Brooksie Way on April 25 at the Oakland University Recreation Center on the campus of Oakland University.

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon is set for Sept. 27 and begins and ends at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the OU campus. It includes a 10k and 5k race. All races can be run or walked. Participants can register for the races at Those who register before April 1 can save $5 on their race fees.

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