Frequently Asked Questions

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. How can we be considered?

The Fund is designed to make grants only to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 organizations. The Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund is just one of several resources that civic and philanthropic organizations are creating to support the needs of individuals, nonprofits and other organizations in the Greater Flint area.

Grant requests should include:

  1. Explanation of impact of COVID-19. All requests must be tied directly to COVID-19, including capacity building and/or infrastructure.
  2. Time period of grant request.
  3. Details of any partnerships.
  4. If your request includes salaries, note if your organization is applying for the CARES Act or if this grant request is a bridge to public dollars. Explain how new expenses are tied to COVID-19.

I am an individual affected by the COVID-19 situation. Can I apply for assistance from this Fund?

The Fund Partners understand the COVID-19 pandemic is having and will continue to have a significant impact on individuals and families in Greater Flint. On behalf of the Fund Partners, the Community Foundation of Greater will work to move resources as quickly as possible to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local families and residents who are most affected. But unfortunately, we cannot offer direct funds to individuals at this time.

May I target my donation to a specific organization?

To ensure that we can coordinate and share resources as quickly as possible, donors may not restrict their gifts to an individual grantee. If you have a specific organization you would like to support, we encourage you to give directly to that organization.

Should I give to this Fund instead of making other donations?

No. This Fund is not intended to be the only vehicle to give funds to nonprofits working at the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. You are encouraged to give directly to organizations you may have supported in the past or nonprofits you know are addressing needs in your community. This Fund is another vehicle through which those needs will be addressed.

Is there a geographic focus for this fund?

The Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund will prioritize funding for organizations in the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s service area – Genesee County. Donors seeking to support organizations outside of Genesee County are encouraged to make direct gifts or reach out to that area's community foundation for assistance in getting resources targeted to that region.

When will you announce funding decisions?

Grants from the Fund will be made on a rolling basis.

What size are the grants?

Grants have been awarded from $500 to $50,000. The average grant award is under $13,000.