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Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

2008 Total Grants     $1,260,170

A $16,000 grant from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation to the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation provided support for the Community Care Cruiser, a mobile doctor's office that provides free care. Watch the video above to learn more.

Children & Youth        $ 449,398

$30,000 to A Child's Place for My Place Summer Day Camp, a free summer camp for students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who are homeless and/or too young to be left unsupervised during the summer break.

$20,000 to the Alexander Youth Network for Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care, for youth and children with behavorial health issues.

$30,000 to the Allegro Foundation for the Movement Education Program to create a new vehicle to teach children with disabilities and enhance their quality of life.

$12,000 to the Bruce Irons Camp Fund to expand the current summer camp for campers from low-income households.

$30,000 to the Central Avenue Bilingual Preschool to expand a program that provides English classes to Spanish-speaking children before they enter kindergarten. 

$5,000 to Charlotte Emergency Housing Council to help residents in the Transitional Families Support Program pay for medical care and supplies for their children.

$20,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools Foundation for Parent University.

$20,000 to Community Health Services to provide nurse home visitation program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children.

$15,000 to Elon Homes for Children for its After School Enrichment Program to offer a variety of educational and recreational activities.

$25,000 to Greater Enrichment Program, Inc. for its Healthy Living and Fitness Program to provide an engaging environment for students during after-school hours, and to motivate and inspire students' continued learning outside of the regular school day.

$3,700 to Kids Voting North Carolina to give children the opportunity to practice civic engagement during the 2008 election.

$50,000 to KIPP Charlotte Academy to support the extended day program.

$9,950 to the Lakewood Community Development Corporation to create a year-round mentoring and enrichment program for youth whose families live in Lakewood neighborhood. 

$10,000 to Mind Body and Soul Youth Leadership Academy at Derita Alternative School to address gang and delinquency prevention and intervention, to promote literacy enhancement and to empower youth to become change agents in their communities.

$20,000 to Partners in Out-of-School Time, Inc. to provide a more skilled and committed workforce for after school programs.

$8,758 to the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation for classes targeting teen and young adult women in their last trimester or first year after birth.

$22,000 to Prevent Blindness North Carolina to provide photo-refractive vision screening in childcare centers across Mecklenburg County.

$25,000 to Seigle Avenue Partners Inc. for its Out-of-School Time Program to address the needs of children who are at-risk of school failure.

$10,240 to the Seigle Avenue Preschool Cooperative to improve language skills and emerging literacy in preschool children with the intent of reducing the incidence of learning difficulties and low achievement in school age children.

$25,000 to the Summit House for the Children’s Program, which addresses the comprehensive needs of children of nonviolent offenders. 

$35,000 to the Urban League of Central Carolinas to recruit gang members and other at-risk youth to paricipate in a peer to peer mentoring program.

$22,750 to YWCA of the Central Carolinas for the Very Involved Parents (VIP) program, which will include classes for parents and youth on topics such as reading with children, accessing the public library, child development milestones, and the importance of communication between parents and children.


Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina received a $2,500 Front Porch Grant for the production of a play entitled Miracle Kick: Stories from Florence Crittenton. Conceived, written, and edited by eight local playwrights, it was produced at Theatre Charlotte. The play portrays the realities of women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies. Photo credit: Marilyn Frenkel.

Front Porch Grants        $108,050

Funded by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, these grants are awarded to projects that build bridges of understanding between people of different backgrounds.

$4,000 to the Ausie Rivens Scholarship Foundation to extend a Smithville community festival performance to include several other racially diverse organizations.

$2,400 to the Centralina Council of Governments to bring an experienced facilitator to raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of elderly and disabled GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) patients within the Charlotte area.

$2,500 to the Charlotte Symphony for an event at the Excelsior Club of Charlotte to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to to recognize Dr. King’s impact on race relations in America.

$2,500 to the CharMeck Police Athletic League for the Integrated Marial Arts Academy to buy uniforms, trophies and equipment for participating youth, and to fund a grand opening party uniting business owners, residents, police officers, parents and youth.

$2,500 to Christ Lutheran Church for the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World Program to create social capital among parents experiencing the stressors of raising children in poverty.

$2,500 to Citizen Education Foundation (League of Women Voters of Charlotte-Mecklenburg) and Urban League-Central Carolinas to continue and expand the Mixed Income Housing Coalition.

$2,500 to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Steele Creek Youth Network for the College Football Social, introducing Davidson College students as mentors to at-risk youth during a Davidson football game. 

$2,500 to The Congress for The New Urbanism - Carolinas Chapter for the Civic By Design Forum to develop an interactive web site for online discussion of its free workshop topics, such as transit oriented development and economic integration in neighborhoods.

$2,500 to Fathers Against Violence and Repeat - Offenders (FAVAR) for the Successful Re-entry Celebration, an effort to sucessfully reintegrate those formerly incarcerated back into the community.

$2,500 to First Ward Community Fund for the Parkside of First Ward Homeowners Association's We Grow Stronger program, to increase stakeholders’ knowledge about home ownership and capitalize on the diversity of First Ward.

$2,500 to Florence Crittenton Services to produce a play with Theatre Charlotte to dismantle stereotypes about Florence Crittenton clients by portraying the realities of women who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and unplanned pregnancies.

$2,500 to Garinger High School for the Centurions Extended Tennis Program, an outreach effort for at-risk youth in the Garinger High School community that focuses on life skill lessons through the sport of tennis.

$2,450 to Generation Engage for the Now What? - Building Community after the 2008 Presidential Election Program to expand social capital by providing an opportunity for students and community members to convene after the election in three forums.

$2,500 to Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church for the Pen Pals Book Club, designed to create relationships between mentors and children of incarcerated parents.

$2,980 to Historic Latta Plantation for an event to bridge the gap between Charlotte natives and those who have recently relocated to the area.

$4,000 the J.H. Gunn Community Organization for bridge building activities with other ethnic groups in surrounding communities.

$2,500 to Kids Voting Mecklenburg Mecklenburg for the Youth Voice project to connect high school students across the county and train them to address issues relevant to their experiences.

$2,500 to the Latin American Women's Association for the Madres and Madrinas project, to connect Latino mothers of children at Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary schools with volunteers serving as a cultural interpreters.

$2,500 to Leadership Charlotte for Thomasboro/Hoskins Neighborhood Association to provide job readiness classes and skill-based learning between senior and youth of various neighborhood churches.

$4,000 to the Light Factory for relationship building events in conjunction with programs that enable students to communicate with one another through art projects.

$4,000 to Mecklenburg Ministries for an advanced InnerChange program that will bring together a diverse group of participants to focus on community action.

$2,500 to Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas for the Immigrant & Refugee Health and Well-being Annual Meeting, an educational forum intended to increase understanding of cultural perspectives, reduce discrimination and increase the likelihood of healthcare services available in more languages.

$4,000 to the Mint Museum for people from multiple generations to gather for two days at the Mint Museum of Art to view and utilize the work of Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden to examine and create poetry and narrative collages about their communities.

$2,500 to the Mint Museum for The Waiting Place, a play produced by On Q Productions about the intersection of people with different experiences, perspectives and daily life issues.

$2,500 to Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Huntersville for the Tracing Roots project to assemble support for a history museum of African American churches.

$2,500 to NC Outward Bound School for the Unity Club to cultivate leadership, respect for diversity, relationship building and community involvement for participants.

$4,000 to North Carolina Dance Theatre to invite liturgical dance groups that participated in the previous year's program to fully participate in a performance.

$2,500 to Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County for The Big Read Film Screenings to provide a facilitated discussion after viewing To Kill a Mockingbird within a framework of segregation

$2,500 to Partners in Out-of-School Time for the Where I Come From…Project, which seeks to dismantle cultural stereotypes between African American and Latino groups of students participating in the Middle School Matters after school program at Quail Hollow Middle School.

$2,500 to the Presbyterian Hospital Foundation for the Celebration of Life, remembering pediatric patients who have passed away and honoring their families through an annual event.

$2,500 to Queens University of Charlotte for the Lets Talk About … project for male students from four local high schools to participate in a Crossroads Charlotte experience, serving as a launching pad for field trips, access to Queens University culture and facilities and workshops related to transitioning to college.

$2,250 to the Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas for the 2009.01.01 Birthday Party Celebration to bring together members of the faith communities and refugees while raising awareness of the need for relationships with community members for refugees.

$2,500 to Shamrock Gardens Elementary PTA for the Hands on Shamrock II Project  to encourage families to participate in a community “edible garden”, a joint project with Slow Food Charlotte.

$2,490 to St. Peter's Home - McCreesh Place for the Gallery Crawl Open House and socials to coordinate monthly gatherings during NoDa’s gallery crawl Fridays, open to the community room for socializing, engage residents in planning events and hold a thank-you lunch for partners.

$2,500 to Statesville Road Elementary for the Building Bridges: Communicate, Get Involved, Have Fun Project to project provide weekly English-as-a-Second Language classes to adults while their children are being tutored by International Baccalaureate students.

$2,500 to Teen Health Connection to provide semi-weekly yoga classes for at-risk middle school students in partnership with YogaOne.

$2,500 UNC Charlotte for Forty Niner Friends: Getting Eye to Eye, pairing 100 representatives from campus organizations with 100 incoming freshmen of different races, religions and cultures.

$2,480 to Villa Heights Community Organization for a green space project, a shared meal, a photography exhibit, and storytelling for all Villa Heights residents at Cordelia Park.

$4,000 to WTVI to expand its partnership with Charlotte Housing Authority's Claremont Apartments to provide skills that enable residents to obtain employment that pays living wages.

Environment        $40,000

$10,000 to the Catawba Riverkeeper Fund for marketing support.

$10,000 to Discovery Place for the Environmental Awareness Interactive Workshop Program and to bring Carolina Raptor Center's "What's the Danger in Endangered" series to two schools.

$5,000 to North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light for its Hope Workshops, the Caring for Creation Luncheon, films, faciliated discussions, energy audit, newsletter and the North Carolina Cool Congregation program.

$10,000 to Partners for Parks for natural play area materials, plants, trail materials and climbing structures.

$5,000 to U.S. Green Building for an Earth Day celebration to raise awareness for energy efficiency and purchasing decisions.


Opportunity Fund        $387,200

$25,000 to Charlotte ArtsFest for a showcase of local and regional artists by using an expanded marketing approach to strengthen and publicize Charlotte-based arts and cultural groups.

$10,000 to Charlotte Observer Charities for seed funding for The Summer Camp Fund.

$10,000 to the Charlotte Trolley to develop final exihibit designs for a new museum in Charlotte's South End.

$25,000 to the Center for Community Self-Help for an effort to stablize the housing market in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood. 

$25,000 to Coalition Latinamerica for seed funding to provide an Immigrant Rights Program to the Charlotte Community.

$25,000 to Discovery Place for A Day in Pompeii, an exhibition that tells the story of life in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii before the castastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

$10,000 to Jacob's Ladder Job Center, Inc. to hire an independent consultant to provide research analysis and recommendations.

$25,000 to The Lee Institute to support process design and project responsibilites for work with the United Way of Central Carolinas.

$7,500 to the N.C. Center for Nonprofits for 2008 General Operating Support.

$12,700 to Neighborhoods for a Safer Charlotte (NSC) to create organizational infrastructure that will allow NSC to be self-sustaining while identifying needed changes and actions concerning Charlotte public safety.

$18,000 to the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research to make unique public policy research available to citizens, nonprofits and donors in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area.

$50,000 to NPower Charlotte Region for 2008 General Operating Support.

$10,000 to Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium for 2008 General Operating Support.

$15,000 to United Family Services to provide legal representation to women who are victims of domestic violence.

$25,000 to Urban Restoration to purchase a 15 passenger van for transportation needs.

$15,000 to Wildacres Leadership Initiative for capacity building.

$25,000 to the Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange to bring women of different cultures together to discuss common issues across cultures.

$4,000 to WTVI for the outreach and promotion of the Lost Boys documentary, a story of the commitment of several Charlotte Mecklenburg organizations to support black Africans in Sudan over the last 25 years.

$50,000 to the YMCA of Greater Charlotte for the Eastside Community Initiative to continue work with residents and civic leaders to prioritize issues, build capacity, celebrate sucess and strengthen partnerships.


Crossroads Charlotte Grants        $275,522
Funded by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, these grants are awarded to organizations participating in the Crossroads Charlotte project which encourages residents and organizations to make proactive decisions today that remove barriers of mistrust and shape a positive future for tomorrow.

$18,000 to Arts and Science Council for the Crestdale Neighborhood Residency Program to provide greater access to the Matthews Community Center for Crestdale residents, and to promote the inclusion of Crestdale residents in the cultural decision-making of the broader Matthews community.

$16,000 to the Asian-American Chamber of Commerce for the 2009 Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival to increase community participation and expand the event.  

$18,000 to Central Piedmont Community College for the 21st Century Literacy Project to recruit an additional 100 volunteers who will serve as tutors and mentors to 100 ESL and GED students.

$15,000 to the Charlotte Coalition for Social Justice to support a Children of Jerusalem art exhibit to build bridges of understanding among diverse faith communities in Charlotte.

$18,000 to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for a partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee to reverse the trend of youth and gang violence through the "Community Theater/Theater About Community Project."

$16,000 to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for the Community Engagement Project, to expand the engagement of parents, businesses and community groups in the decision-making and academic achievement processes of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

$18,000 to Charlotte Post Foundation for Empowering Underserved Children to Succeed, improving educational opportunities with a focus on illiteracy.

$16,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministry for Seeing Eye-to-Eye Through Advocacy, which provides poverty simulations that educate community leaders and the general population about the effects of ignoring the needs and differences of people living in poverty.

$18,000 to Johnson C. Smith University for At The Crossroads - Building a Bridge to Action, to aid and empower local grassroots constituencies through the Saturday Academy to actively address issues through training and support.

$13,000 to the Latin American Coalition for The Emerging Latino Leadership Forum to cultivate new Latino leaders who will represent their neighborhoods, successfully organize community members and serve in leadership capacities in non-Latino organizations.

$20,000 to Mecklenburg Ministries to build relationships, friendships and trust between people who are racially, ethnically or religiously different through the Friday Friends program.

$16,000 to Presbyterian Hospital Foundation for the Community Care Cruiser, to provide a portion of staff time for a mobile 'free doctor's office on wheels" for routine physicals, preventive care, immunizations, health education, medications, disease diagnosis and referrals.

$18,000 to The Park Ministries for the Leadership Economic Empowerment Project to establish a Leadership Development Institute that will bring together key leaders to learn from each other and enhance leadership skills.

$21,522 to UNC Charlotte for the Getting Eye to Eye project to gather information from the Levine Museum "Changing Places" exhibit and focus groups to develop a report related to newcomer issues.

$16,000 to WTVI for production crews and support materials for Hometown Stories: The Lost Boys in Charlotte, NC, a series of documentaries that reflect on the history and lives of ethnic communities in Charlotte.

$18,000 to the YWCA to support a part-time coordinator to develop Crossroads Charlotte partnerships, coordinate volunteers, schedule training, help secure resources, and plan activities for the students at Youth Development Sites.

More Information


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