For over 27 years, CFGF has worked with Flint residents to identify the changes they want to see in their neighborhoods. We know that lasting change happens when residents have resources to drive the kind of change they want to see where they live, work and play.
Flint kids are playing on beautiful new playgrounds in six Flint parks, thanks to the generosity of entertainer Bruno Mars.
We are committed to supporting Flint residents create vibrant, safe, attractive neighborhoods through the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program. CFGF staff work closely with over 50 block clubs and neighborhood associations, helping them connect with each, identify effective leadership development strategies, and apply for grants that will provide important dollars for neighborhood improvements. Grants are advised by the Neighborhoods Small Grants Committee, a group of dedicated volunteers who know and understand the needs in Flint.
Our work is made possible by the generosity and support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, and charitable funds of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint – Mary Elizabeth Adams Manley Beautification Fund, Neighborhoods Small Grants Program Endowment Fund, and Poverty Fund.
Neighborhoods Small Grants Program
The 2021 Neighborhoods Small Grants deadline for grant application is March 31. Learn more during the 2021 Connect the Blocks: Flint Neighborhood Summit, A Virtual Event, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Register for the event today!
The Neighborhoods Small Grants Program was created to support established and emerging citizen-base groups or organizations in moderate to low-income neighborhoods in and near the City of Flint to develop projects that address pressing issues within their neighborhoods; build alliances with other community institutions; and develop community-based leadership.
The intended outcomes of NSGP grants are:
- Community members actively engage in community change efforts
- Community members view themselves as stakeholders that can partner with institutions to address critical issues
- Community members have pride in their neighborhoods and motivation to continue their work
Charred houses, debris-filled basements, and rotting trees filled vacant lots in the Eastside Franklin Park neighborhood for several years, until members of the local neighborhood association starting cleaning up the area. The group eventually retained a five-year lease to transform the vacant land into an area residents could enjoy. “Everyone wants their neighborhood to be a place where families feel safe and welcome,” said Edna Sabucco, President of the Eastside Franklin Park neighborhood association. “We wanted to turn this eyesore into a beautiful spot where we could gather.”
One of the Community Foundation’s strategic goals is to foster strong neighborhoods throughout the county. The Eastside Franklin Park neighborhood association received a $1,000 grant to help it create a pocket park out of the vacant lots. The association used the funds to fell a dangerous tree and to remove other debris from the space.
Future plans for Eastside Franklin Park include planting dwarf fruit trees, installing picnic tables and benches, and installing a raised vegetable garden and flower beds for neighbors' use. In addition to regular cleanups, the association hopes to paint storm drains to deter dumping, trim trees to better expose street lights, and create decorative boarding on various derelict properties.