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 2019 grants include:

  • $25,000 to the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition for its Seed for Change project, which teaches life skills to young people by hiring them to work on an urban farm and weekly farmer’s market.
  • $28,250 to the Camino Community Development Corporation for its Familias Fuertes Comunidades Unidas program that provides health and mental wellness services to Latino parents.
  • $12,500 to Center for Community Transitions to hire a part-time program assistant to work with families affected by incarceration.
  • $25,000 to Care Ring, which provides vulnerable families with parenting education and other support services.
  • $50,000 to Heart Math Tutoring to provide one-on-one tutoring in 23 high-poverty elementary schools.
  • $15,000 to the Augustine Literacy Project – Charlotte to recruit and train volunteer tutors.
  • $25,000 to ourBRIDGE for KIDS to support children of immigrant and refugee families, helping them achieve academic success and integration into the community through innovative instructional methods, and to launch an ESL program for parents and older siblings.
  • $10,000 to Foundation for Girls to take 65 teen moms through a nine-month life-skills program.

“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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