Investing in our Future

Recent Foundation grants aid families and the next generation


From boosting student achievement through increased tutoring, to promoting health and mental wellness for families, to creating college pathways and career readiness for young adultsthe Foundation's most recent round of grants invest in the next generation of Mecklenburg County.


Foundation For The Carolinas' Charlotte grantmaking board recently awarded more than $800,000 to 37 local nonprofits serving children, youth, young adults and families through its Family & Child Stability and Children & Youth grantmaking programs. Both grant programs are aligned with Leading on Opportunity report recommendations, which provides a roadmap for boosting economic mobility for all residents of our community.

Among other worthy causes, grants were awarded to programs that train and employ students as maintenance technicians, assist first-generation Latino students in college and career planning, and provide counseling for families impacted by addiction.

These grants are made possible through Foundation For The Carolina's discretionary grantmaking arm, which envisions a community in which every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well-educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Lucille Giles in 1995, we have awarded more than $56 million in to nonprofit organizations serving Mecklenburg County residents. 

Examples of recent 2020 grants include:

$25,000 to the Ada Jenkins Families & Careers Development Center for LEARN Works, a program that builds academic skills for elementary and middle school students.

$15,000 to Time Out Youth to create safe and welcoming spaces to decrease the dropout rate for LGBTQ+ students.

$20,000 to UrbanPromise Charlotte for its StreetLeader Program, which employs high school students as counselors and mentors for younger children.

$25,000 to Young Black Leadership Alliance to support its College and Career Development program, which provides training and support to 500 underserved students and parents.

$25,000 to Year Up to increase access to its Workforce Development Program from 53 students to 200 students enrolled.

$40,000 to Youth Villages for its YVLifeSet program, which helps young people develop independent living skills.

“The funds provided by these grant programs demonstrate CMCF’s long-term commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Leading on Opportunity report,” said Brian Collier, executive vice president at Foundation For The Carolinas. “It is our expectation that our grants, combined with support from others across the community, will have a meaningful impact on the lives of our children and the adults who care for them.”

View a complete list of our Charlotte board's recent grant investments

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