Mott grants aim to help Flint community during pandemic

To help address the needs of the Flint community during the pandemic, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has made a series of grants to help our hometown. We will continue to update this page as additional grants are made.

  • Community school directors have found new ways to connect with Flint families while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19. The Crim Fitness Foundation, which employs the directors, repurposed $140,000 in Mott Foundation grant funds so staff could assemble and deliver care packages to the more than 4,000 families they would normally look forward to seeing in school. The care packages were filled with things like nonperishable food items, hand sanitizer, face masks, books, learning activities, educational toys, and information on community education and Genesee Health Plan resources.
  • A grant of 1 million disposable face masks at a cost of $700,000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan aims to get masks into the Flint community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Food Bank, the City of Flint and local Help Centers will work together to distribute the masks.
  • A grant increase of an additional 1 million disposable face masks at a cost of $490,000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will allow for more masks to be distributed throughout the city of Flint to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are being distributed to small businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and Flint residents.
  • A $100,000 grant to the Flint Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will allow them to continue to correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown district by providing important services, including trash collection, cleaning, planting and caring for flowers, and parking management. The grant increase will help to replace parking revenue lost during the pandemic.
  • A $25,000 grant will allow the Opportunity Resource Fund to help small businesses and nonprofit organizations in Flint and Genesee County apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans authorized through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • A $130,000 grant to the Council of Michigan Foundations will help state health and education leaders create a roadmap for reopening Michigan’s K-12 schools. The funds will allow the state to draw on the expertise of Opportunity Labs, a national nonprofit organization, to develop a safe and equitable plan for Michigan students to return to school.
  • A grant of $262,500 to the Genesee Chamber Foundation will support African American-owned small businesses in the city of Flint through the Restart Flint & Genesee Grant Program. The program, which is run by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, will award grants of up to $5,000 each to help small businesses reopen as restrictions ease.
  • A $163,000 grant to Flint Community Schools will help the district to safely deliver educational content to students during the pandemic by purchasing 800 mobile Wi-Fi hot spots and 1,500 Mobile Guard applications. This technology is necessary to ensure that students can still learn and be part of a community — even when they can’t physically be in a classroom.
  • A $60,000 grant allowed the Freedom Center Church to purchase 325 gallons of coffee and nearly 5,300 meals from downtown Flint restaurants to deliver to health care workers at the three Genesee County hospitals, seven days a week during multiple shifts.
  • A grant increase of $40,000 allowed Freedom Center Church to work with at least 16 downtown restaurants, providing more than 3,800 additional meals and more than 200 additional gallons of coffee to local health care workers.
  • A $20,227 grant increase to St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center will help ramp up their production of non-medical grade masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
  • A $100,000 grant will help University of Michigan–Flint keep its residence hall open to health care workers from Genesee County hospitals, giving them a welcoming, safe and convenient place to stay at no cost to them, while also helping to protect their families.
  • An emergency grant of $200,000 will allow the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to purchase and distribute fresh and healthy food — roughly 1.2 million meals — for the most underserved populations in Flint and Genesee County.
  • A $500,000 grant to support the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund, established through the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and United Way of Genesee County and supported by multiple funders, aims to coordinate and quickly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations working with communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

While these steps will help to address immediate problems, we also are keeping an eye to needs that may yet unfold. We want to assure the Flint community that the Mott Foundation is here to work with you to address the challenges we face — today and in the future.

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