What We Fund

Our goal is to help residents of north Flint neighborhoods create and sustain opportunities to contribute and thrive. We envision a healthy community that is economically strong and culturally vibrant, where north Flint residents are empowered to access the resources needed to see and shape their future. To achieve this, the Ruth Mott Foundation will focus our grantmaking on key areas identified by the north Flint community. We held a series of community forums that engaged more than 500 people, most of whom were north Flint residents, to help us understand their priorities. 

Going forward, any grants must address youth, safety, economic opportunity, or neighborhoods—and specifically the themes within them that residents identified as most important.

Youth
Public Safety
Economic Opportunity
Neighborhoods

Youth development programs outside of school hours 

Blight
Small business development/support
Neighborhood centers/community schools
Job training/employment
Community policing
Job training
Neighborhood engagement supports
Parenting education/daycare
Lighting
Ex-offender programs
Housing


We heard:

Youth matter. North Flint needs out-of-school programs for young people (including arts, sports, and mentors) and parenting help.
Safety matters.  Cleaning up blight, community policing, and better lighting will help make north Flint safe.
Economic opportunity matters.  Small local businesses, job training, and programs for ex-offenders will help north Flint succeed.
Neighborhoods matter.  People in north Flint value community centers and community schools as places to access services, learn, and have fun.  Neighborhood involvement and good housing are important too.

Top Votes By Priority Area:

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Flint Water Funds

In addition, the Ruth Mott Foundation in 2016 pledged $1 million to addressing the Flint water crisis. Read a list of the grants awarded so far here:

 
 
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