Children, Youth and Young Adult Grant Program

Grants to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Nonprofits to
Benefit and Promote Economic Opportunity for Local Youth

GrantWatch ID#: 169951
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Foundation For The Carolinas - Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF)

08/04/17 Noon

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Grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies for projects and programs that aim to improve the lives of local children and youth. Funding priority will be given to programs which encourage economic opportunity or upward mobility for children in the county.

Specific investment and results areas are outlined below and should be reflected in grant applications:

Early Childhood (Birth to Kindergarten):

- Children have access to safe and enriching quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn.
- Parents and caregivers have the tools, resources and information to nurture their children and provide experiences that promote school readiness.
- The early care and education workforce has the resources and professional development opportunities to provide quality care and experiences for children from birth through age 5.

College and Career Readiness (Elementary School to Age 24):

- Currently underachieving children and youth perform at or above grade level.
- K-12 students have access to and support for exploring, building and eventually fulfilling tangible college and/or career aspirations.
- Students and their parents or caregivers have the necessary information and guidance to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparation and processes.
- High school students have access to high quality, paid work-based learning opportunities.
- Youth value and recognize the need for postsecondary degrees and/or industry certifications to successfully compete in a rapidly changing labor market.
- First-generation college students and children from low-opportunity environments transition to and complete post-secondary programs successfully.
- Disconnected youth and young adults have the opportunity to attain their educational, training and employment goals.

The Foundation typically awards grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to eligible organizations. However, actual award amounts will be determined based on merit of the project and available funds.

Grants are one year in duration.

Grants must be awarded to eligible organizations including 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions for projects that will serve residents of Mecklenburg County. If the organization conducting the project is not an eligible organization, a grant can be applied for under the fiscal sponsorship of an eligible organization.

Areas Not Typically Funded:

- Capital requests
- Debt retirement/deficit funding or expenses incurred prior to grant award decisions
- Direct support of individuals (e.g. scholarships, hardship)
- Duplication of existing programs or services by new organizations
- Endowment funds
- General operating support
- Travel and conferences
- Publication of books
- Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local government
- Projects that promote political or religious views
- Political or lobbying activities
- Sponsorships or fundraisers

Visit the online grants portal to view the grant guidelines and to apply:

Application Process and Award Timeline:

- Applications for this grant program are only accepted online using Foundation For The Carolinas' online grant application system.
- The grant cycle opens Monday, June 26, and will accept applications until noon on Friday, August 4. Please note: The online grant application system closes promptly at noon and will not accept any late submissions.
- Notifications will be made by mid-September.

Please Note:

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has limited discretionary funds; therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, the Foundation does not provide written feedback on proposals that are not funded.

To conduct a fair and ethical grants program, a conflict of interest policy is followed and requires that volunteers and/or staff not participate in the grant process for an organization with which they are affiliated. Please do not lobby board or grant committee members on behalf of your organization. If an individual or organization wishes to express support for your project’s application, please have them contact Will Jones.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to access the online application:

For more information about the program, contact Alli Celebron-Brown, Vice President and Director, Community Programs, at or 704.973.4533.

For questions about the application, please contact Will Jones at

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USA: North Carolina: Mecklenburg County

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