Flint Area

Meeting Evolving Community Needs

We work to strengthen the capacity of Flint area programs and organizations to help children and families meet their needs and improve their lives.

AmeriCorps member Jani Toney sits at a table while working with a young student.

How it Works

Mott has always sought to help our hometown of Flint navigate the tension of meeting immediate needs, seizing unexpected opportunities and staying the course on long-term goals.

A woman wearing a mask leans over a child wearing a face shield as they work together on a computer in a computer lab.

That challenge has perhaps never been clearer — or the outcomes more critical — than during the Flint water crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.

Flint’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector served as the backbone of the local response to both. From helping residents to meet their most basic needs, to bringing much-needed resources to the community, to protecting and nurturing the positive momentum that had been emerging in Flint, Mott grantees are helping Flint recover and rise from the dual crises.

As our hometown reimagines its future, Mott is reaffirming our longstanding commitment to helping people and organizations come together, often in new and innovative ways, to create a vibrant and sustainable community.

Our grantmaking focuses on two objectives:

Nonprofit / Philanthropic Sector

We envision a strong nonprofit and philanthropic sector that contributes to quality of life in Flint.

We make grants to:

  • Support activities and organizations addressing the basic needs of area residents.
  • Build the operational and leadership capacities of local nonprofits.
  • Provide technical assistance to organizations delivering critical services in the community.
  • Promote the long-term strength and sustainability of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Special Opportunities

This grantmaking provides us with the flexibility to help leverage opportunities and resources for the Flint community, test new ideas, incubate local projects and meet specific, unforeseen needs as they arise.

Our grantmaking in Flint and Genesee County is about building connections and linkages — between and among grantees, local organizations, people, ideas and resources.”
William White headshot. WILLIAM S. WHITE, MOTT FOUNDATION PRESIDENT, 1976-2014


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