COVID-19 Response Fund

As the impact of COVID-19 grows, many in our community are feeling the effects of this unprecedented pandemic. United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas have partnered to launch the COVID-19 Response Fund. You can help by giving today.


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The COVID-19 Response Fund will support a range of nonprofits assisting the people most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Importantly, this fund will help not just those who get sick but also those who are economically impacted.

This fund was launched March 16 thanks to a $1 million lead gift from LendingTree and a $1 million matching gift from the City of Charlotte. These gifts have inspired additional donations, totaling more than $15 million to date.

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COVID-19 Response Fund Information

How the Fund Works

The COVID-19 Response Fund is administered through a partnership between the Foundation and United Way. A grants committee has been established to review and distribute grants from the fund. The committee is made up of 17 local leaders representing a diversity of business sectors, backgrounds and Mecklenburg County geographic locations.

COVID-19 Response Fund Grants Committee:

Tanya Blackmon, Co-Chair, Novant Health

Edwin Peacock, Co-Chair, Pomfret Financial

Charles Bowman, Bank of America

Jordan Boyd, Rockwell AME Zion Church

Heath Campbell, Truist Financial

Alexis Coleman, Davidson United Methodist Church

Betsy Conway, Lowe's

Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County

Malcolm Graham, City of Charlotte

Mark Jerrell, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

Cliff Matthews, St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church

Brian Middleton, Atrium

Dee O'Dell, U. S. Bank

Jill Olmstead, LendingTree

Susan Patterson, Community Volunteer

Federico Rios, City of Charlotte

Lisa Saunders, Christ Church Charlotte

How to Apply

A competitive grant cycle recently closed. The next cycle will open Monday, April 13 at 10 a.m. and will close Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. Mecklenburg County 501(c)3 nonprofits that meet eligibility requirements may apply.

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Grant Awards

The initial round of awards was distributed as direct grants by the COVID-19 Response Fund Grants Committee. These grants ensure rapid funding for organizations on the frontlines meeting basic needs for those affected by the pandemic: food, shelter, housing and emergency financial assistance. 

Direct grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund include:

  • $70,000 to Ada Jenkins Center to provide emergency financial assistance and sup-port to individuals and families in North Mecklenburg.
  • $75,000 to Camino Community Center to increase access to food and household products for the elderly and families.
  • $75,000 to Charlotte Family Housing to increase rental subsidies for clients who have lost employment or income.
  • $275,000 to Commonwealth Charlotte to provide no-interest loans and deferred payment schedule to workers in restaurants and hospitality fields.
  • $75,000 to Communities in Schools to facilitate delivery of food and hygiene kits to homeless children and families living in hotels.
  • $600,000 to Crisis Assistance Ministry to help those who reside in motels – and are unemployed or have lost wages – to remain in place.
  • $100,000 to Latin American Coalition to set up a bilingual hotline and electronic clearinghouse to assist the immigrant community.
  • $100,000 to Loaves & Fishes to assist with new delivery strategy required due to the crisis.
  • $243,462 to Men’s Shelter of Charlotte to reduce numbers in its shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide rental subsidies to clients who have lost employment or income.
  • $90,200 to Safe Alliance to reduce numbers in its shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide hotel rooms for domestic violence victims at highest risk.
  • $138,448 to Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte to reduce numbers in shelters, maintain staffing levels and provide rental subsidies to clients who have lost employment or income.
  • $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to purchase food to provide to those in need.
  • $500,000 to SocialServe to work with landlords renting to families and seniors unable to pay due to the crisis, as well as help homeless families leaving hotels find secure rental housing.
  • $75,000 to Supportive Housing Communities to increase mental health services for residents, provide stipends for residents who are volunteering, and assist with in-creased housing needs for residents who have lost employment or income.
How to Give

You can give in three easy ways:

  • Visit
  • FFTC Fundholders can request a grant to United Way of Central Carolinas via Be sure to designate your contribution for the COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • You can mail a check to the COVID-19 Response Fund, c/o United Way of Central Carolinas/FFTC, P.O. Box 890685, Charlotte, NC 28289-0685.
  • Corporations and foundations that wish to make a donation may contact: Catherine Warfield, Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Advancement at FFTC, at 704.4515 or; or Clint Hill, Chief Development Officer at United Way of Central Carolinas, at 704.371.6359 or

Now is the time for our community to come together, even as we are asked to maintain a safe social distance to avoid contracting or spreading the coronavirus. Many of our neighbors will be adversely affected by the virus even if they never contract it. So please join us by giving at

Our Generous Donors

Following are corporate and foundation donors who have announced major gifts to the fund. For a full list of generous donors, visit

City of Charlotte
Howard R. Levine Foundation
Truist Financial Corporation
Mecklenburg County
David A. Tepper Charitable Foundation
Bank of America
Lowe's Home Improvement
C. D. Spangler Foundation
National Gypsum
Coca-Cola Consolidated
Ally Financial
Duke Energy Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation
Weisiger Fleming Family Fund
The John M. Belk Endowment
Charlotte Hornets Foundation

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