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Helping to meet such basic needs as food, shelter and clothing among struggling residents in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Michigan, is the focus behind $785,000 in Foundation grants to seven local organizations that provide social services assistance.
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Since it was established in 1926, the Mott Foundation has maintained a deep commitment to its hometown of Flint, Michigan. This longstanding support reflects the Foundation’s belief that through involved people partnering with strong organizations, the greater Flint community can face its challenges and create a more vibrant and sustainable future.
This grantmaking, done primarily through the Foundation’s Flint Area program, includes support for educational and cultural programs; economic and downtown development; job training; and emergency and human services.
This grant will renew operating support for the ongoing redevelopment efforts of the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation in downtown Flint. The Uptown Reinvestment Corporation and its supporting organization, the Foundation for the Uptown Reinvestment Corporation, have been leaders in efforts to revitalize Flint’s downtown district. Their work has focused on redeveloping downtown properties for residential and commercial reuse, attracting new employers to downtown Flint, and creating and enhancing community amenities for public use. The grant will support technical assistance by loaned staff who will facilitate the charitable purposes and functions of Uptown Reinvestment Corporation as well as costs for office rental, contracted accounting services, grants administration, and technology costs.
This grant provides support to the Flint Area Reinvestment Office to carry out its mission as a catalyst and facilitator for innovative community and economic development initiatives in the Flint region. A project of the United Way of Genesee County, the Flint Area Reinvestment Office convenes community-, regional-, and state-based partners around grant opportunities and provides supportive services to enable partners to pursue grants efficiently and effectively. Formerly a program of the Prima Civitas Foundation, the Flint Area Reinvestment Office was founded in 2009 and, since that time, has had direct involvement in securing $51,931,972 in federal and state grants. In 2014 the Flint Area Reinvestment Office broadened its activities to include developing and supporting entrepreneurship-related programming as a strategic focus.
Through a partnership between the Cranbrook Educational Community's Institute of Science and the Flint Community Schools, Flint students in grades seven and eight will receive supplemental educational opportunities in science that correspond with grade-level content. Programming offered by the grantee will include access to the institute's staff, collections, and resources; an opportunity for Flint families to spend a day at the institute, including transportation; annual membership passes to the institute and affiliated museums that families can check out for unlimited use; rich, in-depth professional development for faculty; and a summer program for a smaller group of Flint students.
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