The Flint water emergency is a public health and economic crisis. While many of the recovery efforts focused on Flint will help address health and infrastructure problems in the city, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has focused its resources to respond to unmet needs in the business community, crumbling neighborhoods that lack accessibility to products and services, and a challenge to attract visitors to Flint & Genesee. To accomplish this, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce lauched the Moving Flint Forward Initiative with strategic partner FlintNOW.
The City of Flint has over 7,000 businesses, which have been overlooked in many of the recovery efforts, including plans for pipe replacement. Additionally, efforts to attract visitors have been damaged by the negative publicity, affecting many of the community’s attractions, hotels, and events slowing down the economic impact of tourism. These challenges are not currently addressed by private and public resources.
In order to create long-term, sustainable impact in these areas, the Genesee Chamber Foundation, a support organization to the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, established the Moving Flint Forward Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The fund, a centerpiece of the Moving Flint Forward Initiative, was created to provide financial support for small businesses, minority-owned businesses, North Flint redevelopment and activities that encourage tourism. The Moving Flint Forward Fund will help bridge the gaps that exist between the various government sources of funds as well as address the business recovery needs that are outside the realm of health and human services.
About the Fund
Contributions to the Moving Flint Forward Fund will be used by the Genesee Chamber Foundation to:
- Provide direct support for businesses through small business grants
- Support training programs for businesses, hotels, minority-owned businesses, and residents
- Fund facility investment, improvement, and maintenance;
- Support events and activities that drive entrepreneurship, tourism, outreach and networking, or other community impact
- Conduct research, assessment, and neighborhood outreach
- Promote Flint, its businesses, and events
The Moving Flint Forward Fund is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
A strong and vibrant business foundation–built by private and public partnerships–can create jobs that will unlock opportunities for our citizens. By allocating resources in these ways, we aim to improve the overall quality of life in Flint by:
- Fostering economic growth and diversification
- Increasing access to quality products and services
- Helping existing businesses and entrepreneurs create jobs
- Stabilizing neighborhoods
- Attracting visitors
- Inspiring community pride
To give by check, make payable to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and write “Moving Flint Forward Fund” on the memo line. Please mail to: Community Foundation of Greater Flint, 500 S. Saginaw St. Suite 200, Flint, MI 48502.
You may also contribute to the Moving Flint Forward Fund by calling the Community Foundation of Greater Flint at (810) 767-8270.
Donors will also receive a receipt for tax purposes from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint a 501c3 publicly supported charitable organization. TAX ID: 38-2190667
Learn more about the Moving Flint Forward Intiative by calling the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce at (810) 600-1404.