The Ruth Mott Foundation provides more than $ 1 million in grants for North Flint programs

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FLINT, MI – The Ruth Mott Foundation has awarded $ 1,028,070 to 18 programs that match their four priorities identified by North Flint residents: youth, public safety, economic opportunity, and neighborhoods.

Ruth Mott Foundation officials announced the awards in a press release on Friday, August 27.

This financial support comes at a time when organizations need to adjust their programs and find new ways to safely serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the press release said.

“The Ruth Mott Foundation prides itself on supporting the people and organizations who work in extraordinary times and circumstances to help North Flint residents create and maintain opportunities to contribute and thrive “Said Raquel Thueme, president of the Ruth Mott Foundation, in a statement.

The 18 scholarships are:

YOUTH

African Drum and Dance Parents Association: $ 20,000 in general operational support to provide culturally relevant, arts-based afternoon and summer programs that focus on traditional West African drums and dances for North Flint youth.

Always hope ministries: $ 7,470 for the Youth Summer Program: Prevent, which offers North Flint children individual reading time and activities while engaging adults, including some parents / carers of enrolled teenagers.

El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil: $ 15,000 to provide extracurricular Mexican folklore music, dance, and cultural programs in English and Spanish to teenagers at Richfield Public School Academy, north of Flint.

Faith Foundation Resources: $ 65,000 to the Helping Young People with Employment (HYPE) youth and young adult career preparation program that provides North Flint youth with professional communication skills, financial literacy, and personal credit development.

Flint Institute of Science & History: $ 69,600 in project and capital support. Project support will fund the North Flint Advisory Council and after-school STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for North Flint children and families. The capital support will help fund new hands-on exhibits at the Sloan Museum of Discovery.

Maternal intercession: $ 35,000 for the Reading and Counting to Success Plus program in support of the organization’s mission to provide a comprehensive support system to break the cycle of intergenerational imprisonment.

Tapology: $ 90,000 in general operational grants to provide North Flint youth with extracurricular youth development programs and tap dance employment.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Flint and Genesee County’s Crime Stops: $ 61,000 to educate, engage, and empower residents of Flint and Genesee Counties to anonymously share criminal information with law enforcement over a secure phone line or secure web connection.

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Center for Higher Educational Achievement (CHEA): $ 35,000 to provide in-depth reading and math tutoring to North Flint residents who: are 25 years or older, interested in getting their high school diploma or GED, and / or pursuing post-secondary education or professional training.

First child funding: $ 10,000 for the Community Conversations Plus program to facilitate discussions about the needs and challenges for North Flint’s childcare companies during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, to build trust, and to provide a clear pathway for low-interest loans and other technical assistance available to accomplish.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC): US $ 75,000 in support of the operations of the LISC Flint office, which provides local access to LISC national expertise as an intermediary in matters related to community development and economic recovery.

MADE Institute: $ 77,000 in general operational assistance to provide professional training and life skills services to those returning from custody in North Flint or who have a previous criminal conviction.

Re-Connections, Inc.: $ 25,000 in general operational grants to provide career training, life coaching, and employment opportunities to those returning from custody.

NEIGHBORHOODS

Asbury Community Development Corp..: $ 118,000 in general operational support to provide literacy programs, nutrition education, professional training, COVID-19 resource services and community meeting rooms for North Flint residents.

Evergreen Community Development Initiative: US $ 150,000 in support to operate the Flint Development Center as a hub in the North Flint neighborhood that provides a variety of services to local youth and adults.

Genesee County Habitat for Mankind: $ 75,000 for the owner-managed repair program that funds critical repairs and accessibility changes to homes in North Flint.

Safe and only Michigan: US $ 40,000 in support of Nation Outside’s Flint Chapter, which engages residents previously incarcerated through voter registration, education, and advocacy for election and policy changes.

FOUNDATION INITIATED FOUNDATION

Fair food network: $ 60,000 to the Double Up Food Bucks program, which provides one dollar of credit to purchase fruits and vegetables at participating Flint grocery stores and farmers markets for every dollar spent by SNAP participants on qualifying products. (SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.)

Visit ruthmottfoundation.org/grants to learn more.

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