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Blight elimination, north Flint programs among $1M in grants from Ruth Mott Foundation

FLINT, Mich. – The Ruth Mott Foundation has granted $267,400 for the cleaning, maintaining and beautification of vacant properties in north Flint.

The award to the Genesee County Land Bank’s Clean & Green program is one of 15 grants totaling $1,083,250 recently approved by the Ruth Mott Foundation Board of Trustees. Blight elimination is one of the key strategies identified by north Flint residents and adopted by the Foundation as part of its strategic plan to focus on north Flint.

“The Clean & Green program supports dozens of passionate community-based groups who are dedicated to their neighborhoods,” Land Bank Executive Director Michael Freeman said.

“Eliminating blight in neighborhoods is a high priority for the Land Bank,” he added.

As part of the program, community groups receive stipends to regularly clean up and maintain vacant lots held by the Land Bank and others in the spring, summer, and fall. The application period for 2022 is expected to open at the end of the month.

This is the tenth year the Ruth Mott Foundation has supported the Clean & Green program. Block clubs, schools, churches, neighborhood associations and local nonprofits are some of the nearly 100 community-based organizations that have participated in Clean & Green over the last decade and longer. Many youth are employed through the program.

“Clean & Green is critical in helping north Flint residents access resources and support in neighborhood blight elimination efforts,” said Raquel Thueme, Foundation president.

“Thanks to these residents and the Land Bank, Clean & Green neighborhoods are cleaner, safer and healthier for everyone who lives there,” Thueme added.

For more information on Clean & Green, visit

Last year, nearly 70 groups throughout Flint signed up for the program, with the majority of those groups working in north Flint. The Foundation defines its focus area of north Flint as the city limits on the west, north and east sides, and the Flushing Road/5th Avenue/Robert T. Longway Boulevard corridor to the south.

The Foundation awards grants primarily in four priority areas that were identified by north Flint residents: youth, public safety (including blight elimination), economic opportunity and neighborhoods.

In all, the Foundation’s latest grant awards are:




Bethel United Methodist Church

Flint Freedom School Collaborative


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County

Out of School Time Mentoring Program


Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint

General Operating Support


Child Care Network Washtenaw Regional 4C

Family Support Program


Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Civic Participation Fund


Crim Fitness Foundation

Safe & Active North Flint


Flint and Genesee Chamber Foundation

Minority-Owned Small Business Directory


Genesee County Land Bank Authority

Clean & Green


Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities

Development and Construction of the GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services



IMPACT – Father Engagement


Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

North Flint Legal Outreach Program


Metro Community Development

North Flint Voter Education Project





SIPI, Inc.

2021-22 North Flint Capacity Building


The Flint Institute of Music

Community Programs 2021-2022



More information on these awards can be found at

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