The Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund

The Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund has been established by a coalition of philanthropic, government and business partners to quickly coordinate and deploy resources to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Flint area that are working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

About the Fund

Established by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in partnership with United Way of Genesee County, the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund will award grants on a regular basis to nonprofits that are addressing the gaps that are surfacing in key services for our most vulnerable community members. The Community Foundation and United Way will work to ensure the Fund has maximum scope and impact.  The Fund Partners encourage institutions, companies and other donors to contribute to the Fund.

Genesee County nonprofit organizations may access the grant application and submission information here. Funding decisions will be announced within 10 days. Our goal is to be as nimble and flexible as possible in ensuring that critical services are received by those most at risk in our community.

The three priorities are: 

  • Assisting with immediate and anticipated direct service needs/gaps
  • Maintaining or expanding internal operations and infrastructure for critical nonprofits; and
  • Support costs associated with additional volunteer capacity as needed in this time of crisis.

The Fund Partners:

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
City of Flint
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Hagerman Foundation
Ruth Mott Foundation
United Way of Genesee County

Inquiries about the Fund:

For general questions about the Relief Fund, please direct your question to relieffund@cfgf.org.

For interested philanthropic and business partners, please contact our Transitional Vice President of Development, Karima Amlani, at kamlani@cfgf.org or 810.767.3653.

For media inquiries, please contact our Director of Communications, Mary Jo Herbig, at mherbig@cfgf.org.

For grant inquiries, please contact our Grants Administrator, Stephanie Whitledge at swhitledge@cfgf.org.

Applying for a Grant:

Required Basic Eligibility Criteria:

  • To be selected for funding, applicants must be legally incorporated with IRS 501(c)3 status or be a governmental or religious organization with a clear, charitable purpose.
  • This fund does not grant to individuals.
  • Funds cannot be used for partisan efforts.

Submission: 

  • Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Completed applications can be submitted to relieffund@cfgf.org.
  • Questions can be directed to: Stephanie Whitledge, Grants Administrator, at 810-767-3505 or swhitledge@cfgf.org

Access the grant application here. Completed applications can be summitted to relieffund@cfgf.org.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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

The Fund Partners will announce the process for requesting funding from the Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund in the coming days, as capital is raised. However, it should be noted that this 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.

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?

We expect grants from this Fund will be made on a rolling basis, beginning within the next few weeks. We will publish the names of grantees and more information on a regular basis at www.cfgf.org.

Greater Flint Urgent Relief Fund

Providing resources to nonprofit organizations working to address gaps that are surfacing for our most vulnerable community members.

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