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Flint & Genesee Chamber receives $246,000 in grants

FLINT — The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has announced the receipt of $246,000 in grants and donations supporting the organization’s efforts to support youth education and economic growth.

The funding received includes two grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC. A $130,000 grant will support the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or PTAC, which provides procurement counseling and technical assistance to companies interested in doing business with local, state and federal governments.

Additionally, a $110,000 grant from the MEDC will support the work of the I-69 Regional Partnership, which includes the Flint & Genesee Chamber, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission, Lapeer Development Corporation, Sanilac & Huron County Economic Development Corporation, Shiawassee Economic Development Corporation and Tuscola County Economic Development Corporation.

Specifically, the MEDC grant will support two new initiatives for the seven-county partnership. This includes the Catapult Fund, which will provide budding entrepreneurs and new start-ups in the I-69 Thumb Region with access to technical assistance and financial support.

A $5,000 grant from the Jennings Memorial Foundation and a $1,000 donation from Stephanie Pasternak support YouthQuest, an afterschool program that is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund and made possible with primary financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The program serves students in grades K-12 at Flint Community Schools and the International Academy of Flint.

Details: Visit For information about the I-69 Thumb Region, visit — G.G.

LAFCU offers $5K in college scholarships, $1K in charity donations

LANSING — LAFCU is accepting applications for its unique 2020 Write to Educate Essay Contest.

The contest awards $5,000 in two $2,500 scholarships to high school seniors and asks each recipient to designate a charity to receive a $500 donation from LAFCU. The scholarships can be used at any accredited Michigan college or university beginning fall 2020. The entry deadline is March 31. Lansing State Journal is the community sponsor of the contest.

“LAFCU believes that higher education should be within reach of anyone who has the passion to pursue it,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer. “That’s why the recipients are selected based solely on their one-page essay without regard to other factors such as grades.”

The Lansing credit union is chartered to serve people and businesses throughout Michigan.

For the essay, applicants are asked to examine technology in their life: Does it have a positive or negative effect on their personal safety? For example, how do they handle texting and driving, whether for themselves or others? The winning essays will be published in the Lansing State Journal.

In support of the credit union philosophy where entries can also be uploaded.