Kresge Awards $2 Million to Boost Flint Lead Poisoning Recovery Effort

The Kresge Foundation has announced a $2 million grant to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to help protect children in Flint, Michigan, from the effects of lead poisoning and strengthen the city's health and human services delivery system.

To be deployed through the community foundation's core programs and its Flint Child Health and Development Fund, the foundation will re-grant the bulk of the funds, some $1.35 million, to local nonprofit organizations working to prevent and mitigate the effects of lead poisoning in the community and advance its own health strategies. The remainder of the funds will be used to enhance staff capacity at the community foundation as well as the design and implementation of an evaluation of its current investments in the community.

"This grant will help minimize harm to Flint children, make it easier for Flint families affected by lead poisoning to access the services they require, and build the capacity of local nonprofits providing health and human services," said Phyllis Meadows, senior fellow with Kresge’s Health Program. "We expect our contribution will help the community build out the systems that are needed to address some of the long-term issues going forward."