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Community Panel Application


Nine hundred residents shared their views through telephone and online opinion surveys conducted in the first half of 2019. Key findings are summarized, including ratings for different aspects of life in Flint. Ratings are based on a scale of one to five, in which five means “very positive” and one means “very negative.” For more information about how the ratings were calculated, see Methodology.


This section highlights survey results regarding what’s working and what needs improvement. If a section of Focus on Flint does not include information about Things to Celebrate or Things to Improve, it’s because the survey didn’t yield responses to fit the categories.


In addition to results of the opinion survey, Focus on Flint shares information that local nonprofit organizations and agencies have reported hearing from the residents they serve.


Support for the organizations and programs presented in bold text includes funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which produced this report. To learn more, visit the Foundation’s website,


Each section includes data and statistics that illuminate strengths of the Flint community and highlight challenges. These facts were collected through opinion surveys of Flint residents; from city, state and federal agencies; and from local nonprofit organizations. The Flint surveys were conducted in the first half of 2019. Unless otherwise noted, all remaining data are from 2018.


This section highlights organizations and programs working to address issues in the Flint community and provides information about how to connect with them.


Focus on Flint explores nine important issues facing the local community: Arts and Culture, Economy, Education, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Quality of Life, Standard of Living and Water. This section describes why each issue is critical to the community and summarizes work underway.

In August 2019 the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation distributed the Focus on Flint publication to every Flint mailing address. Focus on Flint captured community data and became a springboard for conversation between Mott Foundation staff and residents. We held 29 community conversations, where we spoke with over 400 residents. Residents told us repeatedly that neighborhood improvements were their top priority. As a result:

  • We invited residents to submit ideas for improving neighborhoods in the following categories:
    • demolition;
    • beautification/cleanup;
    • home improvements; and
    • sidewalk/street repair.
  • We received 625 ideas from 447 people via the website, notecards, mail and email.
  • We announced that we would award $1 million in grants for neighborhood improvement projects in 2020 — and that we would ask residents to vote on how the funds would be spent.

Community Panel

Because we want to work alongside residents every step of the way, we are inviting residents to apply to serve on a Community Panel that will help us design and implement the voting process for $1 million in grants for neighborhood improvements.

Based on the priorities and ideas collected from residents in the fall of 2019, the nine members of the panel will be asked to:

  • review the data collected last fall;
  • offer input on the ideas for residents to vote on;
  • provide feedback on the size of grants for projects;
  • help us think through how the voting process should work; and
  • encourage neighbors and other Flint residents to vote.

As with any community, there are diverse opinions on a wide range of ideas. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to act on all of the ideas. But we will listen, engage and do our best to be responsive to community input about how to create an inclusive process. The Community Panel will not make final decisions about grants or grantees.

Application Timeline

  • Applications available February 12, 2020
  • Applications due February 19, 2020
  • Community Panel notified week of February 24, 2020
  • Community Panel meetings March 9–26, 2020
  • Public voting begins April, 2020


By submitting your application for the panel, you confirm your availability for the following dates and times:

  • Monday, March 9, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

We understand that your availability might change due to circumstances beyond your control. However, panelists must attend the orientation on March 9 in order to participate in the process. These meetings will take place at the Mott Foundation offices at 503 S. Saginaw Street in Flint. 

Please see the additional information about the process and expectations on the application form.

How to Apply

Applications to serve on the Community Panel must be received by 4 p.m. on February 19, 2020.

If you have questions about the application or need further clarification,  please contact us at 810-237-4888 or      

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