Flint Neighborhoods

In many ways, ours is a tale of two cities. Exciting redevelopment is happening in downtown Flint, but in all too many Flint neighborhoods blight is an everyday reality.

Ball Player at Sarginson Park, Flint

For over 25 years, CFGF has been working 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. We are committed to supporting Flint residents create vibrant, safe, attractive neighborhoods.

CFGF staff work closely with over 50 neighborhood 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.

CFGF also works collaboratively with other funders and nonprofit organizations to create a more seamless approach to neighborhood revitalization. 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, Huntington Bank, Neighborhoods Small Grant s Program Endowment Fund, and Poverty Fund.

Note: The 2019 Neighborhoods Small Grants deadline for grant application has passed. Check back in early 2020 for more information.

Thank You, Bruno

Flint kids are playing on beautiful new playgrounds in six Flint parks, thanks to the generosity of entertainer Bruno Mars.

Cultivating Beauty

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.

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Gary Burns

Gary Burns, Vice President, Eastside Franklin Park Neighborhood Group

"It is a whole lot better than what it was,” says Gary Burns, Vice President, Eastside Franklin Park Neighborhood Group. "We have our ideal plans that will take a few years to put fully into place, but we want it to be used by all the neighbors.”