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Vote on how Mott should grant $1 million for Flint neighborhoods

OVERALL RATING

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.

THINGS TO CELEBRATE/
THINGS TO IMPROVE

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.

ALSO HEARD

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 FROM MOTT

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, Mott.org.

FACTS & FIGURES

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

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

THE ISSUE AND THE RESPONSE

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.

Vote on how
Mott should grant
$1 million
for Flint neighborhoods
 

In November, the Mott Foundation announced we would give $1 million in grants in 2020 to strengthen Flint neighborhoods, and it’s been great to work alongside the community to collect ideas on how to do that. Now it’s time for you to tell us where those dollars should go! Learn more about the voting process.

Based on feedback from our Community Panel, we are including information to help you better understand what some projects cost. You can learn more here. Once you select a project below, you can move the slider to change how much money you want to give toward it. The minimum dollar amount needed to complete each project is where the slider will start. You’ll be able to give up to $250,000 per project, changing the amount in $5,000 increments.

 
Step 1: Select up to 10 projects that you’d like to see happen.
Step 2: Divide $1 million among those projects by giving up to $250,000 to each.

Funding Available: $1,000,000

Total Allocated: $0

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In November, the Mott Foundation announced we would give $1 million in grants in 2020 to strengthen Flint neighborhoods, and it’s been great to work alongside the community to collect ideas on how to do that. Now it’s time for you to tell us where those dollars should go!

We originally planned for in-person and online voting to take place in the spring. However, the coronavirus pandemic changed our plans, just as it changed plans for the rest of the community and the wider world.

As Flint begins to open up again, we want to get back to tackling the issues you identified as priorities.

To get money into neighborhoods quickly while protecting residents’ health, we will conduct online voting through Aug. 11.

After residents submitted 625 ideas, we read over all of them and created a list of 70 to vote on.

Here’s how we got from 625 to 70:

  • First, we took out ideas that could not be funded by the Mott Foundation. For example, one idea was to lower mortgage interest rates, which is not something Mott can do.
  • In order to fund more projects, we took out ideas that would cost more than $250,000 to achieve some real progress.
  • We removed ideas that were not directly related to neighborhood projects.
  • We combined some submissions to streamline the list because many people submitted the same or very similar ideas using different words.
  • We did not add our own ideas. Every idea on the list came from one or more community members.

Here’s how the voting works:

  • Vote for up to 10 projects that you’d like to see happen.
  • Tell us how you want to divide the $1 million among those projects.
  • You’ll be able to give up to $250,000 per project. Beginning with the minimum amount required to complete each project, you can move the slider to add funds in increments of $5,000.
  • Once you spend $1 million, you can no longer vote for more projects.
  • For example, you can vote for four projects to get $250,000 each, 10 projects to get $100,000 each, or another combination to reach $1 million. You must spend the full $1 million in order to submit your votes.
  • Each resident may vote only once.
  • Watch this video to learn more.

We will look at the top vote-getters, as well as the average dollar amounts they received, to guide us in how much we grant toward each of the top ideas. We will grant a total of $1 million toward at least four ideas. The Mott Foundation will then award grants to local nonprofit organizations to tackle those projects.

We will update you once we have the final results!

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