• Friends groups are nonprofit organizations that play an invaluable role in helping to protect Michigan state parks and recreation areas. Friends support these locations in a variety of ways, including fundraising, recruiting volunteers, leading restoration projects and providing educational programming for the public. Everyone who has an interest in supporting state parks is welcome to join or start a friends group.The following resources help new and existing friends groups in their efforts.

  • Partnership Match Program

    Friends groups put incredible time and effort into enhancing Michigan state parks, and fundraising is a big part of these efforts. The Partnership Match Program helps established friends groups (or other qualified organizations) leverage fundraising projects with matching funds. Typically 8 to 12 projects are awarded, totaling around $100,000.

    The funds for this program are enabled through the Recreation Passport Program and the Park Endowment fund.

    For more information, please contact Matt Lincoln at 517-284-6111 or LincolnM@Michigan.gov.

    2021 Application and Information

Additional Friends Group Resources