Critical Need Response Fund

A Fund to Support Our Neighbors In Crisis

Demand for services remains high at Crisis Assistance Ministry, which provides emergency rent and utilities for families in need. The organization is a recipient of grants from the Critical Need Response Fund.

The Critical Need Response Fund has awarded its final round of grants, totaling $586,150, to Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofits focused on helping the needy. Together with previous grants, just under $4 million will have been distributed through the fund to assist the needy in our community.

The grant awards in the final round focus on the needs of families, especially families with children. With the school year drawing to a close, many children no longer have access to school-provided breakfast and lunch. Additionally, several of the grants support summer day camps and other programming so that more children will have safe and worthwhile things to do during the summer.

The Critical Need Response Fund was a charitable effort to temporarily meet the extraordinary levels of need in our community caused by the economic downturn. More than $3.9 million was raised for the fund since December 2009 and nearly $4 million has been distributed to Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofits to shelter, feed, clothe and keep warm our neighbors in need.

Donations ranged from a $1 million challenge grant from the Leon Levine Foundation, to generous gifts from major area corporations, to gifts as small as $15 from individuals who heard about the effort through media reports.

A task force of community leaders helped raise and distribute funds to local nonprofit service providers that offer the best strategies to address well-documented increases in case work due to the economic crisis. The Critical Need Response Fund is held at Foundation For The Carolinas, which charged no administrative fees so that 100 percent of the fund was available for grants.

The Critical Need Response Fund was initially launched in December 2008 with a $1 million gift from the Sandra and Leon Levine through the Leon Levine Foundation. More than $3 million was raised during last year's effort, and grants were distributed to 34 Mecklenburg County nonprofits. The fundraising effort was jump-started again in December 2009 by another $1 million gift from the Levine’s.

Please note: grant applications are no longer being accepted for the Critical Need Response Fund. 

Nearly $4 million was distributed since December 2009 to the following grant winners:

A Child's Place
Catholic Social Services
Charlotte Emergency Housing
Charlotte Rescue Mission
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Cup Ministry
Freedom School Partners
Friendship Community Development Corporation
Friendship Trays
Harvest Center
Hope Haven
Hoskins Park Ministries
Jewish Family Services
Loaves & Fishes
Love INC
Matthews HELP Center
Men's Shelter of Charlotte
NeXus Urban Serve
Residential and Support Services
Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte
Second Harvest Food Bank
United Family Services
Urban Ministry Center
W.I.S.H. Program
YWCA Greater Carolinas


In the News

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