CMCF Grant Awards 2020

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

2020 Total Grants: $2,030,000

Children, Youth & Young Adults

$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 Augustine Literacy Project – Charlotte to bolster its work in providing tutors for multi-sensory reading instruction.

$10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas to bolster its one-on-one mentoring programs.

$20,000 to Carolina Youth Coalition to support its College Success program for high-achieving, under-resourced students.

$35,000 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to support and expand current programs offered to Latinx children, such as its preschool program.

$20,000 to Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center to support its Community Language Impact Program.

$25,000 to Communities in Schools to provide students with personal guidance and evidence-based support to help them stay in school and achieve.

$20,000 to E2D to provide computers for students enrolled in the CMS IT Career Pathway program that do not have access to home equipment.

$10,000 to EmpowHERment for its Leadership App and Mentoring Portal, which allows girls and women to access leadership curriculum, online workshops and more.

$10,000 to Foundation for Girls to enroll 65 homeless teen mothers in an 11-month program with weekly skills-based training to help them toward financial independence.

$10,000 to Freedom School Partners to support its six-week summer programs.

$25,000 to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to support its Construction Skills Training Center, which provides free skilled-trades training.

$35,000 to Heart Math Tutoring for one-on-one tutoring to students in high-poverty elementary schools.

$20,000 to International House for its Rising Readers: Free Summer Learning for Immigrant Children program, which helps students in grades 1-3+ with limited English proficiency avoid summer learning loss.

$10,000 to Latin American Women’s Association to support its High School Series workshops, which assist first-generation Latino students in college and career planning.

$25,000 to ourBRIDGE for KIDS to support afterschool and summer programs for children of immigrants and refugees.

$25,000 to Profound Gentleman to strengthen the pipeline of male educators of color in Charlotte.

$15,000 to Reach Out and Read Carolinas to provide evidence-based literacy programs to more than 30,000 children between the ages of 0-5.

$10,000 to The Learning Collaborative to provide Family School Readiness, which prepares children to successfully enter kindergarten and empowers parents with the skills necessary to support their child.

$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.

Family Stability

$20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas to provide virtual mentoring for students in Mecklenburg County.

$9,000 to Brave Step to provide group therapy in support of mothers impacted by sexual violence.

$35,000 to Care Ring for the Nurse-Family Partnership, which promotes prenatal care and parent education and resources.

$10,000 to Charlotte Rescue Mission for a program that helps families reduce aggression and anti-social behavior in children.

$16,000 to Common Wealth Charlotte to provide loans and financial coaching to individuals in the Latinx community.

$10,000 to Families Forward Charlotte to provide personalized mentoring and educational workshops to families in need.

$20,000 to Freedom Communities for the Moms Moving Forward program, which aims to build healthy habits for mothers and their families.

$5,000 to Hope Haven to provide long-term recovery care and more to families that have a caregiver who has a substance-use disorder.

$15,000 to International House to launch an outreach program for immigrant families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

$10,000 to McClintock Partners In Education to provide a “virtual family night” to keep students and families engaged.

$20,000 to Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to provide parent-to-parent peer support.

$25,000 to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic to provide health services and education in Mecklenburg County.

$25,000 to Renaissance West Community Initiative to help increase employment levels for residents.

$20,000 to Safe Alliance to provide critical community resources to adult and child victims of domestic violence.

$15,000 to The Center for Community Transitions to provide remote counseling sessions to children and caretakers affected by incarceration.

$20,000 to Thompson Child & Family Focus for a program that assists youth with mental health needs in transitioning back into the community.

$10,000 to Veterans Bridge Home to assist in improving upward mobility for veteran families.

$20,000 to YWCA Central Carolinas to assist families in securing permanent housing within 18 months of completing the Families Together, Families Stable program.

Social Capital

$10,000 to Andreas H. Bechtler Arts Foundation to conduct arts residencies to teach youth and adult inmates in Mecklenburg County Detention Centers.

$15,000 to Arts+ to support Project Harmony, a community-based orchestra outreach program for Charlotte-area youth.

$15,000 to Carolina Farm Trust to support a 6-acre, food-producing farm located in a designated food desert in Charlotte.

$10,000 to Cops & Barbers to provide scholarships, tuition reimbursement, social justice and leadership education to students.

$15,000 to Digi-Bridge to provide mentors to STEAM scholars.

$10,000 to EmpowHERment to provide a career coach that will help support and direct mentees.

$10,000 to Free Press to help fund its News Voices: North Carolina program that increases access to, and quality of, local journalism.

$10,000 to GardHouse to support a program that pairs students of color with healthcare workers of color to increase work-based opportunities.

$10,000 to GenerationNation to increase social capital networks and access to opportunity for 250 students from high schools throughout Mecklenburg County.

$10,000 to Mint Museum of Art for the Grier Heights Community Youth Arts Program that provides students art classes and teen health initiatives.

$10,000 to Our Turn to assist local students in affecting change in their schools by identifying issues and advocating with elected officials.

$25,000 to Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas to pair community volunteers with refugee families to provide assistance.

$5,000 to The Relatives for a mentoring program for young adults.

$10,000 to Thompson Child & Family Focus for a mentoring program that provides life-navigators to students.

$10,000 to YWCA of the Central Carolinas to educate and mobilize community members around issues of racial and social justice.

Other Grants

$250,000 to COVID-19 Response Fund to support COVID-19 relief efforts.

$100,000 to Carolina Thread Trail for multi-year pledge commitment.

$200,000 to Leading on Opportunity for multi-year pledge commitment.

$100,000 to LISC for multi-year pledge commitment.

$25,000 to GreenLight Fund for multi-year pledge commitment.

$100,000 to Read Charlotte for multi-year pledge commitment.

$100,000 to Family Immigration Collaborative to expand legal services for immigrants.

$185,000 to various for committees and capacity building.