What We Do
The CUPPAD Regional Commission provides a variety of planning services to the communities in Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft Counties.
Prosperous Places Placemaking Mini-Grant Program
Through the Regional Prosperity Initiative, the Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development (CUPPAD) Regional Commission established a competitive mini-grant program available to local governments and nonprofit organizations to initiate or improve placemaking principles in their local communities.
Initiatives that enhance downtowns, parks, neighborhoods, plazas, or any public gathering space can greatly impact a community’s sense of place. The Prosperous Places Mini-Grant Program aims to build a thriving future for Central Upper Peninsula communities by creating places where people want to live, work, and play.
Grant requests were between $500 and $5,000 and required a one-to-one match. Careful consideration was given to projects that were accessible to the whole community and that had demonstrated local support.
Please click here to view the awarded projects.
Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs Mini-grant Program
CUPPAD has administered the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) mini-grant program for over 20 years.
Minigrants provide up to $4,000, on a 1:1 matching basis, for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects, which are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs and increase public access to arts and culture. Minigrants support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce, or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.
Community Planning Services
CUPPAD staff works closely with member units of government throughout the region to assist in local/regional land use and community/regional planning through various services such as: brownfield redevelopment, coastal management, environmental reviews and hazard mitigation planning, master and recreation plan development, non-motorized and transportation planning, assisting with zoning issues, and much more.
Community Development Block Grant Assistance/Services
CUPPAD staff has extensive experience in developing, preparing, and administering CDBG grants. CUPPAD staff can assist a community with all aspects of the CDBG grant process beginning with the initial notice of intent through the closeout activities.
Economic Development Planning Services
CUPPAD’s purpose is to foster stable and diversified local economies within the region. Each year CUPPAD is required to prioritize economic development activities for the region; this is done through our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Heritage Route Planning Services
The CUPPAD Regional Commission manages one of the fifteen routes in Michigan. To learn more about the U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route visit www.uphiddencoast.com.
Mapping and GIS Services
CUPPAD maintains a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) database for the six central counties of the U.P. Data available includes: aerial photography, base information, parcel information, topographical maps, and much more.
Transportation Planning Services
CUPPAD is involved in asset and access management, non-motorized trails, traffic counts, and providing transportation planning assistance to MDOT and the communities in the central U.P. region.