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Flint’s Resilient Communities: Grants available for projects tackling violence and mental health

Flint, Michigan – Community groups in Flint can now put in for small grants between $5,000 and $25,000 from Flint Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST). These grants are for projects that help stop violence, get kids involved in their communities in good ways, and offer support for mental health that takes people’s tough experiences into account. You can start applying on January 29, 2024, and the chance to apply ends on February 20, 2024, at 5 p.m.

You can find the details for applying and what they’re looking for in proposals online at two websites: flintrecast.org/our-efforts/mini-grant-program and https://bit.ly/3ubS5b3. All applications need to be done online – https://bit.ly/2024MiniGrantApp.

They plan to pick around 15 projects to give grants to. These projects should run from April 1 to September 30, 2024. If you’ve got questions, you can email them at [email protected] or call 810-232-2228.

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There’s also going to be a meeting on February 9, 2024, at 11 a.m. for people who are thinking about applying. It’s free, but you need to sign up beforehand online. Once signed up, you’ll get an email with details on how to join the meeting.

Your project idea should do one of two things: either help more young people get involved in good activities through community teamwork, or make it easier for people to get mental health services that really understand the tough stuff they’ve been through.

How they decide who gets a grant involves a scoring system and votes from the community. This way, the people who the projects are meant to help have a say in what gets picked. They’ll share more about how this voting works later.

The aim of Flint ReCAST is to give a hand to young people and families who are having a hard time, helping Flint’s community become strong again. This grant chance happens every year and is about finding ways to help young people and families bounce back from hard times.

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Flint ReCAST is part of what the City of Flint is doing, thanks to money from the US Department of Health and Human Services, specifically from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Shelly Sparks-Green, who’s the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Flint, is in charge of the program, and the Greater Flint Health Coalition is helping to make it happen.