2017 Special Opportunity Grants

2017 Special Opportunity Grants

We The People of Detroit

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Creating Water Stations in Flint

Project Description: We the People of Detroit will set up a Water Rights Hotline, Water Stations and Emergency Water Drops for the elderly and disabled in Flint.


Community Based Organization Partners

Amount: $3000

Project Title: Building Relationships and Collaboration for Water Issue Advocacy

Project Description: Community based Organization Partners will work to build a relationship with invited participants – The City of Flint, Genesee County Health Departments, Sierra Club Michigan, University of Michigan Public Health, Water We Fighting For, We the People of Detroit and others – to create a collaboration for advocacy related to water issues.



Amount: $2000

Project Title: Roadmap to Water Security Report

Project Description: With the help of the University of Michigan’s master’s students, EcoWorks will research and document the social costs of municipal water costs to advocate for water affordability.



Amount: $1000

Project Title: Going Blue & Going Green

Project Description: Funding will assist the Youth Energy Squad to create posters highlighting information about green infrastructure, stormwater management, water quality, and the Great lakes to increase public awareness and build support.


Flint Development Center

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Connecting Flint Youth with Positive Water Interactions through Gardening

Project Description: The Flint Development Center will use funds to assist youth in planning, building, maintaining, and harvesting food gardens while incorporating an understanding of the water they’ll use and impact they have on the water system.


“All About Water” Participants

Amount: $1500

Project Title: Travel Scholarships for All About Water Participants

Project Description: Freshwater Future held a meeting February 1, 2017 for organizations and individuals in Flint and Detroit  who have a deep desire to improve the quality and accessibility of water in their communities. Travel scholarships were awarded in the amount of $300 to 5 people who requested assistance to be there.


Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative

Amount: $10000

Project Title: Water Shut-Off Prevention Program

Project Description: Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative will develop a program to help prevent water shut-offs before they occur. Additionally, they will assist local residents in developing plans for reconnecting if there has been a shut off.


Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative

Amount: $5000

Project Title: Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative Relocation Project

Project Description: Funds will assist the Genesse County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative with relocation expenses resulting from the sale of their current office space. Costs incurred could include rental space, moving costs, water hookup, etc. The relocation will be necessary so that they may continue to ensure resident on the east side of Flint will continue to have access to safe water, information about water safety and availability and assistance with heath care needs related to contaminated water.


Saugtuck Dunes Costal Alliance

Amount: $3500

Project Title: The Saugatuck Dunes: Building a Balanced Solution

Project Description: Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance will use grant funds for their project to create alternative designs that wouold minimize the environmental impacts of a proposed permit for excavation of a marina channel on the northshore of the mouth of the Kalamzoo River.


We The People of Detroit

Amount: $3500

Project Title: Inaugural Women?s Convention ? Water Issues in Flint and Detroit

Project Description: Will the People of Detroit will assist 12 women in attending the Inaugural Women?s Convention in Detroit, where they will have an opportunity to raise the profile and knowledge of water issues among women actively working for change in Detroit, Flint, and across the country.

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