Awarded as part of the foundation's 2015 Transitional Legacy Grant Program, which is in the process of disbursing one-time grants totaling $60 million to causes that resonated with Wilson, the longtime owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills franchise, the grants range from $25,000 (Grosse Pointe Historical Society) to $2.1 million (Angela Hospice, which will use the funds to establish a "tele-hospice" for caregivers, patients, and hospitals that need remote access to hospice staff). Other grant recipients include the Alzheimer's Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, the Chandler Park Conservancy, the Children’s Center, Forgotten Harvest, and United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
The foundation, which recently appointed David Egner as president and CEO, has indicated that its permanent funding programs will get under way in 2016.
"We are so proud and privileged to be a part of today's announcement," said Mary M. Wilson, widow of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. "Ralph loved our hometown of Detroit. And, as many of you in the room here today know, Ralph was incredibly passionate and devoted to doing everything he could to leave a lasting impression on the people on southeastern Michigan.''