The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation Announces Children, Youth and Young Adult Grant Program

June 26, 2017 - The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its Children, Youth and Young Adult grant program. The program is built upon the past success of CMCF’s Children and Youth program with additional alignment to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force recommendations.  

Specific investment and results areas are outlined below and should be reflected in grant applications.

Early Childhood (Birth to Kindergarten)

  • Children have access to safe and enriching quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn.
  • Parents and caregivers have the tools, resources and information to nurture their children and provide experiences that promote school readiness.
  • The early care and education workforce has the resources and professional development opportunities to provide quality care and experiences for children from birth through age 5.

College and Career Readiness (Elementary School to Age 24)

  • Currently underachieving children and youth perform at or above grade level.
  • K-12 students have access to and support for exploring, building and eventually fulfilling tangible college and/or career aspirations.
  • Students and their parents or caregivers have the necessary information and guidance to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparation and processes.
  • High school students have access to high quality, paid work-based learning opportunities.
  • Youth value and recognize the need for postsecondary degrees and/or industry certifications to successfully compete in our rapidly changing labor market.
  • First-generation college students and children from low-opportunity environments transition to and complete post-secondary programs successfully.
  • Disconnected youth and young adults have the opportunity to attain their educational, training and employment goals.

The grant cycle opens Monday, June 26, and will accept applications until noon on Friday, August 4. Visit the online grants portal to view the application and to apply. For more information about the program, contact Alli Celebron-Brown, Vice President and Director, Community Programs, at or 704.973.4533.

Media Contact

Tim Hager
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations