$406,590 in repaid-response grants awarded to 18 non-profits from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund

FLINT — Rapid-response grants totaling $406,590 have been awarded from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund to 18 nonprofit organizations in Flint and Genesee County.

Funding is available to local nonprofit organizations that work with vulnerable communities and meet the Fund’s strategic criteria. Grant criteria and information about the submission process is available online at www.loveflint.org.

Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund Grants to Genesee County Nonprofits:

$50,000 to Carriage Town Ministries to provide beds in triage area, additional staff, and food services.

$50,000 to Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties to provide support for increased services during the COVID-19 crisis including daily feeding at three Soup Kitchens, filtered water stations, distributing personal needs items and mail to the homeless along with utilize the filtered water stations, foster care programming, and providing telemedicine (phone) counseling to clients.

$50,000 to My Brother’s Keeper to provide expanded services including additional beds, care staff, protective gear and cleaning supplies in response to COVID-19.

$45,000 ($5,000 each) to nine COVID-19 Community Help Distributions Centers for operating support. Referrals are being made through the Sheriff’s Emergency Line at 810-257-3422 or 211. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan will deliver food on different days to each Hub, that will be packaged for “porch drops” conducted by volunteers. Any leftover food will be offered in a drive-through giveaway. The nine Hub locations are: Greater Holy Temple, Bethel United Methodist Church, Asbury United Methodist Church, Catholic Charities, Families Against Narcotics, Mayfair Bible Church, Emmanuel, Fenton Center for Hope and River Church Goodrich

$30,000 to YMCA of Greater Flint to support meal preparation and distribution at eight sites, seven days a week.

$26,000 to Shelter of Flint to support the isolation ward and extra costs associated with the ward, coupled with loss of revenue from regular beds.

$25,000 to Flint Diaper Bank to provide 480,000 diapers free of charge to the community.

$25,000 to Whaley Children’s Center to provide essential basic needs and services for 42 children in direct care 24 hours a day.

$18,000 to Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry to meet an increasing need by providing food, personal hygiene products, and diapers to families in need with as few barriers as possible (including mobile giveaways) as well as provide “Hazard Pay” stipends to volunteers.

$17,090 to Fenton Center of Hope to enable the Center to continue assembling and delivering food to low income residents, providing both a basic need and a regular wellness check.

$15,000 to Communication Access Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to provide COVID-19 relief and interpreting services to bridge the communication barrier for the deaf and hard of hearing.

$15,000 to Urban Renaissance Center to advance a community response to the crisis by focusing on awareness, education, community connectivity, and meeting basic needs.

$10,000 to Franklin Avenue Mission to support the Franklin Avenue Dinner Program, Clothes Closet Program, and Infant Gear Room Program.

$7,500 to Bethany Christian Services of Flint to provide food, cleaning supplies, diapers, and medicine/health supplies for foster families.

$5,000 to Clio Area Human Services Fund to support the Clio Disaster Fund with its priorities of providing food and preventing utility shutoffs and evictions. Assistance will be provided to individuals and organizations in need of emergency assistance in the Clio area.

$5,000 to United Way of Genesee County for emergent COVIC-19 response.

$5,000 to Valley Area Agency on Aging to purchase 1,000 locally made masks for home healthcare aids and VAAA staff serving frail, homebound seniors.

$4,000 to Clingman Foundation to support the SAT tutoring program.

$4,000 to MADE Institute to build internal capacity to provide services to citizens returning to the Flint community following incarceration.

A $1 million fundraising goal was set for the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund (GFURF) hosted at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund was established in partnership with United Way of Genesee County by a coalition of philanthropic, government, and business partners. As of April 15, $980,000 has been raised including a $500,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a $100,000 grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, and a $50,000 contribution from Huntington Bank.

Grants are posted on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfgf.org along with a list of donors supporting the Fund. — G.G.