Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund

The Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Committee (CMAACC) facilitates grantmaking to nonprofit organizations addressing disparities experienced by Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s African American community.

The grant funds are made possible through the Lethia Henderson Fund Endowment and the Elizabeth S. Randolph African American Fund Endowment, both managed by Foundation For The Carolinas. The Henderson Fund was established in 1981 to support nonprofit programs and organizations with an emphasis on health and community service.  Ms. Henderson was an African American business woman and resident of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.  The Randolph Fund was established in 1993 to foster philanthropy and to support non-profit programs and organizations that address African American concerns.  Ms. Randolph was a teacher and principal in Charlotte and also lived along the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.

Focus Areas

The CMAACC accepts grant applications from nonprofit organizations in three focus areas: Public Education Support, Health and Economic Development.

Focus area: Public Education Support

The CMAACC supports students in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as programs serving students ages birth to 18 during out-of-school time.

K-12 Public Education Support Services 

The CMAACC seeks programs focusing on the following results:

  • Innovative and curriculum-based programs for underachieving students to achieve at or above grade level, with an emphasis on science, technology, English and math (STEM)
  • Students have access to and are provided the necessary support services to decrease the likelihood or occurrence of dropout indicators

Pre-K andOut-of-School Time for Students (ages birth to 18) 

The CMAACC seeks programs focusing on the following results:

  • Children and youth exhibiting positive behaviors during out-of-school hours through accessible, high quality pre-school, after-school, summer and extended day learning opportunities

Focus area: Health

The CMAACC also supports programs that address the health and nutrition of students ages birth to 18 and provide services for diseases that disproportionately effect African Americans. The Committee seeks programs focusing on the following results:

  • Innovative cultural and community-based interventions that reduce health disparities
  • Priority will be given to programs serving economically disadvantaged adults and families

Focus area: Economic Development 

The CMAACC also supports programs that provide business development and support for African American-owned businesses. The CMAACC seeks service providers focusing on the following results:

  • Providers offering training, counseling and technical assistance to increase the success of African American-owned businesses in Mecklenburg County
  • Providers offering expert and readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their employees

Areas Generally Not Funded Include:

  • Basic operating support except for professional development training leading to provider certifications or licensure
  • Endowment funds
  • Direct support of individuals; scholarships to private or parochial schools
  • Travel and conferences; publication of books
  • Projects that promote political or religious views
  • Purchase of equipment except for technology purchases directly related to delivering public education support programs


  • Grants are limited to eligible organizations for projects in or benefiting Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC.
  • A potential Grantee must be or have a fiscal sponsor that is either a United States-based private operating foundation, as defined in IRC § 4942(j)(3), or public charity, as defined in IRC § 509(a)(1), (2), or (3), which is tax exempt under IRC §501(c)(3).

2013 Grants

In 2013, a total of $17,600 was awarded to the following seven agencies benefitting Charlotte’s African American community:

  • Catawba Riverkeeper  Foundation, Inc. - $3,000
  • City Startup Labs/ Urban League of Central Carolinas - $1,200
  • Dress For Success Charlotte - $3,000
  • Exodus Foundation - $5,000
  • Little Rock Community Development  Corporation - $1,200
  • Men Who Care Global - $3,000
  • Neighborhood Family Resource Center - $1,200

2015 Grant Cycle

The 2015 grant cycle will open in the January 2015. Please continue to visit our website for any updates or changes.

For More Information:

Contact Qiana Austin, Vice President, Community Programs & Civic Leadership, at or 704.973.4535.

For more information, contact:

Qiana Austin
Vice President
Community Programs & Civic Leadership