Competitive Grant Programs

The Foundation serves a number of individual, family and collective giving client programs whose boards and committees choose to make distributions through competitive grant programs in a variety of interest areas and geographic regions in our service area. These competitive grant programs vary in grant size, application process and funding priorities.

Generally, the Foundation’s client grantmaking programs below conduct one competitive grant cycle, which may or may not be open for general requests. Completed applications must be received by the established deadlines. Applications will be available approximately four to six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Please note that grant dollars are limited and the application process is competitive; therefore, many good proposals cannot be funded. If applicable, click on the links below for additional information.

Alpha and Omega Foundation serves Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the area of human services, health care and children and youth. The Alpha and Omega Foundation will run a targeted grant process and select organizations will be invited to apply in 2014. For more information, contact Ayanna Wakefield at awakefield@fftc.org.

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund is a collective giving program serving nonprofit organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. For more information, contact David Snider at dsnider@fftc.org.

Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund serves Charlotte-Mecklenburg and supports efforts that promote educational excellence, economic self-reliance, and health and wellness within the region's African American community. For more information, contact Qiana Austin at qaustin@fftc.org.

The Cole Foundation serves nonprofit organizations providing services in Richmond County, NC. For more information, contact Brian Collier at bcollier@fftc.org.

Crosland Foundation is a supporting foundation serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the area of affordable housing, transitional housing, shelter and supportive services to the homeless. The Crosland Foundation will run a targeted grant process and select organizations will be invited to apply in 2014. For more information, contact Ayanna Wakefield at awakefield@fftc.org.

George D. Patterson Family Fund serves animal welfare organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. The Patterson Fund will run a targeted grant process in 2014 and select organizations will be invited to apply. For more information, contact Ayanna Wakefield at awakefield@fftc.org.

Ginter Foundation is a supporting foundation serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg and focuses on improving the lives of and opportunities for vulnerable immigrant and international populations. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking in the following areas:

  • Education and development of children & youth
  • Access to health care and medical assistance
  • Basic human needs, including food, shelter, clothing and safety
  • Prevention of exploitation through unscrupulous practices
  • Access to legal representation
  • Critical public policy and social issues

For more information, please contact Lauren Evans at levans@fftc.org.

Longleaf Fund awards grants in select North Carolina and South Carolina cities in the areas of k-9 public education support services and out of school time for special needs students. The 2014 grants process has not yet been determined. For more information, please contact Ayanna Wakefield at awakefield@fftc.org.

The Margaret C. Woodson Foundation serves nonprofit organizations providing services in Rowan and Davie Counties. For more information, contact Lauren Evans at levans@fftc.org.

New Generation of African American Philanthropists is a collective giving program serving nonprofit organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to increase the awareness of philanthropy in and meet the needs of the African American community. For more information, contact David Snider at dsnider@fftc.org.

Teen Impact Fund is a collective giving program serving nonprofit organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to address challenges faced by teens. For more information, contact Lauren Evans at levans@fftc.org.


Grant Applicant Orientation


Foundation For The Carolinas’ Outcomes Approach to Grantmaking

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Grant Procedures


Click here to review the Foundation's procedures on competitive grants.