Mott assists effort to provide water filters to Flint residents

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to the United Way of Genesee County to provide free water filters to Flint residents who are concerned about lead in their drinking water.

Ridgway H. White, President of the Foundation, announced the grant Friday afternoon.

“We understand the concerns of Flint residents, and we are encouraged that local and state officials are working together to find a permanent solution to elevated lead levels in the water,” White said. “In the meantime, we have been asked to support a stopgap measure by providing free water filters, and we are happy to assist in that effort.”

Along with other donations, the Foundation grant will help United Way reach its goal of providing free water filters to Flint’s most vulnerable residents.

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The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London. In 2020, the Foundation made 413 grants totaling more than $133 million and had year-end assets of approximately $3.6 billion. For more information, visit

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