CMCF Grant Awards 2021

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

2021 Total Grants: $1,758,500

Children, Youth & Young Adults

$25,000 to Ada Jenkins Center to provide students in elementary school with access to afterschool academic support and enrichment programming.

$15,000 to Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte to provide tutoring to 300 low-income first and second graders.

$25,000 to Carolina Youth Coalition to provide high school students with mentors and college-preparatory resources.

$35,000 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to provide programming that will advance equity for Latinx children and families.

$20,000 to Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center to provide programming that promotes school readiness for low-income and at-risk children up to age 8.

$11,500 to Circle de Luz to provide intensive college-readiness mentoring program that supports first-generation college students.

$35,000 to E2D to provide computers for students lacking home-based computers sufficient to do their work.

$25,000 to Heart Math Tutoring to provide a math intervention program for students performing below grade level in CMS elementary schools.

$25,000 to Foundation for Girls to provide weekly career training and financial coaching for 300 single homeless mothers.

$15,000 to Freedom School Partners to provide a summer program that offers literacy tutoring and community-building skills to local students.

$10,000 to GardHouse to provide yearlong academic internships and fellowships to local students.

$25,000 to International House to provide English students in grade 1-3 with intensive tutoring.

$12,000 to Latin American Women's Association to host bilingual workshops and tours at colleges for local families.

$25,000 to ourBRIDGE for Kids to provide out-of-school programs for immigrant and refugee students in K-8.

$25,000 to Project Scientist to provide a virtual after-school STEM Club for local girls experiencing homelessness.

$20,000 to Reach Out and Read Carolinas to provide literacy intervention for children in primary care medical homes.

$10,000 to The Learning Collaborative to provide parents with the tools and knowledge needed to prepare their children for success in kindergarten.

$20,000 to Thompson Child & Family Focus to provide tutors to at-risk students from kindergarten to high school graduation.

$20,000 to Time Out Youth to provide programming that will ensure college readiness and career success for LGBTQ students in Charlotte.

$20,000 to The Relatives to pilot a GED-incentive program aimed at low-income young adults.

$20,000 to UrbanPromise Charlotte to provide mentors, tutors and role models for children attending out-of-school programs.

$15,000 to Vision To Learn for mobile clinics that provide Charlotte students with free eye exams.

$25,000 to Young Black Leadership Alliance to provide college and career advising, awareness and exploration for underserved students and parents in the Charlotte community.

$25,000 to Youth Villages to provide young adults leaving the foster care, juvenile justice and mental health systems with support and guidance to successfully transition into adulthood.

$15,000 to YWCA Central Carolinas to provide free out-of-school programming for students from low-income families.

Family & Child Stability

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

$35,000 to Communities in Schools for the Safe Journey Program, which assists teen parents with completing their high school education and strengthening their connection with their children/families/communities.

$35,000 to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic to provide health services and education in Mecklenburg County.

$20,000 to Common Wealth Charlotte to provide trauma-informed financial education and counseling.

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

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

$20,000 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to provide support for ParentChild+, a national evidence-based home visiting program for 75 children.

$20,000 to Renaissance West Community Initiative for the Cradle to Career Success Program, which aims to remove barriers through holistic, place-based programs and services for Black and Latinx families.

$15,000 to Aspire Community Capital for the Community Business Academy program, which provides one-on-one coaching, workshops, and support for participants to become financial healthy.

$15,000 to Foster Village Charlotte for two support groups: Partner Parenting, focused on building a trusted relationship between birth families and foster caregivers and Village Guides, which prepares first-time foster parents for their first placement.

$10,000 to Freedom Communities for the Moms Moving Forward program, which aims to build healthy habits for mothers and their families.

$10,000 to The Center for Community Transitions to provide counseling sessions and other programming to children and caretakers affected by incarceration.

$10,000 to Hope Haven to provide long-term recovery care and more to families that have a caregiver who has a substance-use disorder.

$10,000 to Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to provide parent-to-parent peer support.

$10,000 to International House to provide support services to immigrant families to ensure they are connecting to community resources to provide stability for their families.

$5,000 to City Startup Labs for the Re-Entry Entrepreneurship Program (REEP), which closes the entrepreneurial divide for formerly incarcerated parents and offers pathways to create financial stability.

Social Capital

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

$10,000 to Aspire Community Capital to support the creation of the Community Business Academy (CBA) program in a Spanish language version.

$15,000 to Black Social Capital Initiative (The Lee Institute) to provide an eight-session training program for Black junior and senior-level nonprofit leaders.

$10,000 to Bruce Irons Camp Fund (Wayfinders) to increase social capital through mentorship and enrichment for scholars in grades 4-12.

$10,000 to Charlotte Symphony Orchestra to support the Charlotte Youth Ensemble program, which aims to build bridges through musical experiences.

$10,000 to Digi-Bridge to provide mentors to STEAM scholars.

$10,000 to EmpowHERment to re-engineer the Leadership Academy’s leadership development and mentoring curriculum.

$10,000 to Fulton Mentoring Initiative to support the Youth Mentoring and Leadership Association (YMLA) program, which provides mentoring for leadership skills, social capital awareness and social capital education.

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

$10,000 to MeckMIN to host convenings that promote interfaith understanding and structured dialogues.

$10,000 to My Brother’s Keeper CLT-Meck for the MBK Fatherhood Institute, which helps young fathers of color between 18-24 be active and engaged in their children’s lives and future through workforce development support, social-emotional management and practical life skills.

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

$10,000 to Renaissance West Community Initiative to fund a Community Advocacy Navigator, a role which guides and mentors residents in the RWCI area.

$10,000 to She Built This City for the Women & Youth Building Networks/Opportunities in the Trades program, which assists participants in building a pathway to careers in the trades

$10,000 to Stiletto Boss University to connect young women to opportunities, build social capital and create the next generation of community leaders through program expansion.

$10,000 to The Academy of Goal Achievers to support a high school mentoring program that provides monthly leadership development sessions, study hall and team building activities for students and parents in Mecklenburg County.

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

$7,500 to World Affairs Council of Charlotte to provide a leadership program for high school students in low to moderate income neighborhoods that allows participants to engage with experts on world affairs, expand their worldview, network with community and business leaders and learn more about internationally centric careers.

$12,500 to YWCA of the Central Carolinas to educate and mobilize community members around issues of racial and social justice.

Other Grants

$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.

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

$25,000 to United Way of Central Carolinas for community organizing training to advance equitable outcomes.

$25,000 to Atrium Health Foundation for the Housing Impact Fund.

$165,000 to various for committees and capacity building.