On Friday, the General Motors Foundation announced grants totaling $80,000 to support programs at 13 Flint-area non-profits and organizations that serve children, adults and seniors. The grants will be used to address environmental issues within the community.

This is the fifth year in a row that the GM Foundation has issued Plant City Grants in the Flint area. In all, the Foundations funding in support of the community has totaled more than $1.2 million during that time frame. Lori Wingerter, vice president of the GM Foundation, says "through this program, the GM Foundation continues its mission to give back to the Flint community to help those local nonprofits and organizations carry on their worthwhile work."

In an event that took  place at the For-Mar Nature Preserve and Arboretum in Burton, the GM Foundation announced the distribution of the grants to the following organizations: Flint River Watershed Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, Priority Children, Shelter of Flint, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan, Winter and Woods FSC-Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, YWCA, Sloan Longway, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan Backpack Program, Hispanic Technology Center and Wounded Warriors, a Fenton High School Program.

This year the GM Foundation will provide more than $1.7 million in funding to over 200 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees work and live said Wingerter in hopes that the grants to these organizations and institutions will make these communities even greater places to work, live and grow.