Teen Impact Fund

The 2011-2012 class of the Teen Impact Fund granted more than $9,000 to three nonprofits that address challenges facing teens.

About the fund
The Teen Impact Fund gives students the knowledge, the money and the power to create positive youth-focused social change in the Charlotte region. By providing young people with leadership skills in philanthropy and civic engagement, the Teen Impact Fund cultivates the future of charitable giving while providing youth with a voice and a role in their community.

Developed by Foundation For The Carolinas, the Teen Impact Fund provides ways for young people to take action on issues that they care about with money entrusted to them by the Foundation.

The year-long program brings together a diverse group of students to participate in team building exercises, educational sessions and outreach activities. Connecting young people who care to causes that matter is the heart of this initiative.

Who can participate?
The Teen Impact Fund is looking for energetic and dedicated youth interested in serving their community. Potential participants must be 14 to 18 years old and be a high school student in Mecklenburg County. No previous experience is required. Youth must be willing to attend and actively participate in monthly meetings with peers from across the county.

How it works
The Teen Impact Fund participants are entrusted with up to $10,000 from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (an affiliate of Foundation For The Carolinas) to be awarded in grants. Each month, Teen Impact Fund members receive extensive support and training. At the conclusion of the program, participants make recommendations to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation Board of Directors and present grants to selected recipients.

Community Impact
Grants are awarded annually to address challenges facing teens. In 2013, a total of $8,250 was awarded to three agencies:

  • $3,000 to Care Ring to provide children, living in proverty, access to life-saving specialty medical care through Physicians Reach Out.
  • $2,400 to Freedom School Partners to support the CN Jenkins site for summer 2013.
  • $2,850 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to support The Backpack Program.

*Grant Seekers: Please be advised that the Teen Impact Fund runs a closed grant cycle.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications for participation in the 2014-2015 Teen Impact Fund. Click here to download the application. Please note that the application deadline has been extended to Wednesay, May 28th.

For more information
Contact Lauren Evans, Board and Grants Specialist, at levans@fftc.org or 704.973.4568.

Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Teen Impact Fund.



Click here to download the 2014-2015 Teen Impact Fund calendar.

For more information about the Teen Impact Fund, please contact:


Lauren Evans
Board and Grants Specialist
Community Programs & Civic Leadership
704.973.4568
levans@fftc.org