Thursday, November 16, 2023

Dunning Foundation grant will fund Arc renovations

The Arc of Northwest Wayne County has received a $50,000 grant from The Margaret Dunning Foundation to complete building renovations at the new Canton Township headquarters of the organization. The grant will fund the installation of new flooring and carpet which will add to the safety and usability of the building, officials said.

Founded in 1961, The Arc of Northwest Wayne County is a grassroots membership nonprofit that strives to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc moved into a larger building in Canton more than a year ago, which allowed the organization to grow its programs, services, and staff to reach more families in need of support, according to a statement from the group.

The larger space also provided the opportunity for the Arc to host members, classes, and other organizations. “This grant will not only help the Arc NW continue to serve those with disabilities, but also help the larger community as the organization's new building upgrades create an inclusive space that is open to all,” the statement said.

Using the funds from the building grant, the space will be renovated to be ADA compliant, safe, and inviting for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the larger community. The  carpeting first installed in 1997 will be replaced with safer new carpet and vinyl flooring. Renovations also include the inclusion of a sensory-friendly carpet in the playroom for children with disabilities who learn in that space.

Renovations are expected to be complete in December with additional touch-ups and the transportation of furniture back into all common spaces by the end of January 2024. The Arc NW is regionally-focused on the northwest area of Wayne County, serving the communities of Canton, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth and Redford. To learn more, visit