Moving Flint ForwaRD

Moving Flint Forward Small Business Grant Criteria, Past Recipients, and Advisory Committee

About Moving Flint Forward

The Moving Flint Forward grant program will award 17 grants up to $10,000 each to small businesses that effectively demonstrate needs or challenges that are barriers to growth, with 75 percent earmarked for minority-owned businesses. NEW in 2023, the Moving Flint Forward program invites past grantees to apply to receive up to $5,000 each and will award 6 alumni a grant.

The program is designed to help businesses grow and expand, make repairs and leasehold improvements, and/or purchase inventory and equipment. (Funds may not be used for payroll, rent, staffing or mortgage payments. Additionally, debt service on any federal, state or local taxes owed are not eligible expenses for program consideration.) The collaborative effort between GM and the Economic Alliance will help to broaden revitalization efforts beyond the city’s downtown and into the neighborhoods.

Grant Criteria​

All grant applicants must complete the application process and comply with all program requirements. Grantees will be required to meet as a cohort 3-4 times during the grant period to network, provide updates on grant activities, share best practices/lessons learned, receive expert training, and receive technical support.

  • Must own and operate a business within the City of Flint
  • Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend at least one informational session before applying
    • Upcoming sessions TBA
  • All applicants must complete each step of the application process to receive the entire grant
  • Businesses must host at least one site visit with staff dedicated to this program to showcase progress/completion of grant activities
  • Business must have a current business plan available to be submitted alongside grant application
  • Business may not be a franchise
  • Business must be in good standing as of the date of submission and not in bankruptcy
  • Owners must not be listed on the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry; and must comply with the U.S. Patriot Act3-4

Grant Recipients

The Best of the Best Carpet Clean, 1314 Lillian Dr.

Elle Jae Essentials, 250 E. Boulevard Dr.

Genusee, 615 S. Saginaw St.

Heart of Worship Dance Studio, 2920 W. Court St.

Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Café, 444 S. Saginaw St.

Jessica Hatter Photography, 130 E. Second St., Suite 101

Junk Pirates, 314 Sheffield Ave.

Lewi’s Landscaping, 4025 Sterling St.

Mr. Be Great Services, 3111 Prospect St.

Mr. Prince Gourmet, 301 E. 1st St.

New Beginnings Accounting and Financial, 432 N. Saginaw St., Suite 1001

Smoke Rattle and Roll, 303 S. Saginaw St.

Stemletics, 3281 Tall Oaks Ct.

Tees Plentiful Salads, 301 E. 1st St.

Wayne the Barber, 932 Kensington Ave.

The Historic Bryant’s Barbershop, 4217 Clio Rd.

Cafe Rhema, 432 S. Saginaw St.

CompuNinjas, 1202 S. Grand Traverse Ave.

Beauchamp Ace Hardware, 1101 W. Pierson Rd.

Curtis Accounting & Tax Services, 111 E. Court St.

Flint Trading Co., 134 ½ W. Second St.

Bella LLC, 2829 Yale St.

Prism Lacquers, 2220 Nolen Dr.

Sal’s Gym LLC, 1113 University Ave.

Yum Vittles, 401 S. Vernon Ave.

Comma Bookstore & Social Hub, 132 W. Second St.

A Kut Above Barbershop, 1517 W. Atherton Rd.

MaMang, 300 E. First St.

Sunny Patch Learning Center, 1160 Donaldson Blvd.

Sweet Tee’s Kid Spa, 1701 Briarwood Dr.

Totem Books, 620 W. Court St.

Honey Bee Palace Childcare Center, 642 E. Pierson Rd.

Great Lakes Facility Management, 1428 W. Court St.

N’Dapanda Consignment Shop, 3022 Martin Luther King Ave.

Beck’s Barber and Beauty, 1818 S. Averill Ave.

Tenacity Brewing, 119 N. Grand Traverse Ave.

FlintPrints, 615 S. Saginaw St.

Sherman’s Lounge, 4211 Fenton Rd.

Vern’s Collision, 2409 Davison Rd.

GoodBoy Clothing, 522 S. Saginaw St.

Liberty Way Holdings, 1200 W. Court St.

Sisco’s Catering, 2202 Proctor Ave.

Glam Box Boutique, 620 S. Saginaw St.

In & Out Complete Services, 3010 Wilton Place

Holmes Building & Construction, 7014 Clio Rd.

Advisory Committee