COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

Third Round Grants

Basic Needs

  • $6,342 to Charlotte Village Network to provide food to seniors and purchase gas cards for volunteers delivering basic needs to seniors.
  • $25,000 to Lakewood Neighborhood Alliance to provide basic needs assistance to its residents.
  • $10,000 to Liberian Community Association of Greater Charlotte to provide emergency financial assistance to members of the Liberian community.
  • $125,000 to Renaissance West Community Initiative to provide food and delivery service to residents.
  • $15,000 to Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte for senior medical and nonmedical transportation, as well as for food and supplies for program participants.
  • $25,000 to Universal Institute for Successful Aging to purchase food and personal protection equipment.
  • $5,000 to Vietnamese Association of Charlotte to provide emergency financial assistance to members of the Vietnamese community.

Child Care

  • $300,000 to Child Care Resources to purchase and distribute personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies to 323 childcare centers and homes.

Education

  • $30,000 to Augustine Literacy Project – Charlotte to purchase software and train staff to move literacy tutoring online.
  • $25,000 to Bethlehem Center of Charlotte to sustain Out of School Time, a virtual afterschool program.
  • $25,000 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to purchase Chromebooks to facilitate remote learning and to purchase basic supplies for families in need.
  • $40,000 to First Baptist Church-West to pay teacher salaries, purchase software and offer online tutoring for at risk students.
  • $60,000 to Freedom School Partners to purchase supplies and pay staff to launch “pop-up” educational events at eight locations throughout the summer.
  • $5,200 to Greater Enrichment Program to purchase tablets for K-2 students at Ashley Park and Merry Oaks elementary, and to hire bilingual staff to facilitate students' access to programming.
  • $25,000 to Promising Pages to purchase books, personal protection equipment and pay salaries for staff distributing books.
  • $20,000 to Stiletto Boss University to purchase technology for its youth entrepreneurial program.
  • $15,000 to Save Our Children Movement for children’s holistic services.
  • $20,000 to Urban Promise Charlotte to provide summer educational programming to local students.
  • $25,000 to Young Black Leadership Alliance to offer summer programming focused on college and career readiness, leadership development and mental wellness.

Emergency Financial Assistance

  • $25,000 to Changed Choices for emergency financial assistance for families and stipends for incarcerated clients.
  • $200,000 to Common Wealth Charlotte to provide no-interest loans and financial counseling.
  • $100,000 to Comunidad Colectiva to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals in the LatinX community who do not qualify for federal benefits.
  • $15,000 to InReach to provide rent, utility assistance and medication support to program participants who have experienced job loss or lost income.
  • $100,000 to Johnson C. Smith University to provide emergency financial assistance to students over the summer and to promote enrollment and retention.
  • $20,000 to Matthews HELP Center to provide emergency financial assistance and food.
  • $30,000 to QC Family Tree to provide food and rental assistance for residents in the Enderly Park neighborhood.
  • $20,000 to Youth Villages to provide emergency financial assistance for youth aging out of foster care, and prepaid cellphones to allow youth to access mental health services.

Food Security

  • $12,000 to Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen to purchase and distribute food and provide emergency financial assistance to local families.
  • $25,000 to Bags of Hope to purchase and distribute food to students.
  • $15,000 to First Legacy Church to purchase food for distribution and hire staff.
  • $16,500 to Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte to purchase food and supplies to prepare meals for distribution to seniors.
  • $20,000 to Little Rock AME Zion to purchase food for distribution and supplies to make masks for the homeless and working poor.
  • $60,000 to Loaves & Fishes to purchase trucks to aid in food distribution.
  • $25,000 to Project 658 to purchase food for distribution and laptops for students in need.
  • $900,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to purchase food for distribution.
  • $20,000 to The Bulb to hire staff to expand food distribution.
  • $45,000 to University City Foundation to purchase food for distribution, supplies to plant a community garden and hire additional staff.

Health and Mental Health

  • $15,600 to Agape Dental Ministry to purchase personal protection equipment.
  • $40,850 to Care Ring to provide free access to health clinic.
  • $20,000 to Center for Prevention Services to purchase personal protection equipment and hire an outreach staff person.
  • $50,000 to Charlotte Community Health Clinic to purchase medical supplies and pay staff and operational expenses.
  • $100,000 to Charlotte Rescue Mission to provide shelter, food and recovery support for 100 graduates and to admit 60 new clients into the 120-day recovery program.
  • $40,000 to HeartBright Foundation to meet increased demand for patient advocates.
  • $26,000 to Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte to purchase hardware and software to offer virtual therapy to seniors.
  • $20,000 to McLeod Addictive Disease Center to purchase hardware and software to offer virtual counseling services.
  • $8,398 to Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to hire additional staff to extend virtual programming for clients and their caregivers.
  • $15,000 to American Heart Association to purchase supplies for patients dealing with chronic health conditions and to increase staff to distribute supplies to local community health clinics.
  • $50,000 to C. W. Williams Community Health Center to provide co-pay subsidies, purchase personal protection equipment, and fund outreach and community education campaign.
  • $30,000 to Time Out Youth provide emergency financial assistance to clients and ensure mental health services continue.
  • $15,000 to Wilson Oasis to provide mental health counseling.

Legal Advocacy

  • $50,000 to Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy to hire staff to assist clients with accessing CARES Act benefits and preventing evictions.
  • $75,000 to Council for Children’s Rights to provide IT resources, purchase personal protection equipment and ensure children continue to receive mental health services.
  • $25,000 to International House of Metrolina to hire staff to provide more legal assistance for refugees and immigrants.
  • $25,000 to Legal Aid of North Carolina to hire staff to assist tenants facing eviction.

Shelter and Housing

  • $20,000 to Block Love Charlotte to purchase and distribute supplies for unsheltered homeless.
  • $50,000 to Hope Vibes to purchase cleaning supplies and complete construction of mobile sinks/shower for unsheltered homeless.
  • $13,000 to Samaritan House to ensure homeless discharged from the hospital continue receiving care.
  • $75,000 to Supportive Housing Communities to provide emergency financial assistance for clients and purchase supplies for unsheltered homeless.
  • $150,000 to Salvation Army Charlotte to relocate vulnerable seniors, provide rental assistance, increase staffing and continue to lessen burden on shelters.
  • $75,000 to UMAR Services to pay for increased operational expenses to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • $50,000 to YWCA Central Carolinas to provide rental assistance and provide support services for women in transitional housing programs.

Workforce Development

  • $30,000 to ASPIRE Community Capital to create micro-loan fund to sustain entrepreneurs.
  • $60,000 to Community Culinary School of Charlotte for operational expenses to continue to train formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • $33,000 to North End Community Coalition to create lending library for residents to access virtual programming and services.
  • $50,000 to She Built This City to purchase materials and software to print face shields and provide program scholarships to women to learn skilled trades.
  • $20,000 to Southside Rides Foundation to pay stipends for formerly incarcerated students learning automotive trade.
  • $75,000 to Urban League of Central Carolinas to retain staff and to offer three virtual job fairs and technical assistance to small, minority-owned businesses. 

Second Round Grants

Education

  • $50,000 to Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center to provide 250 children with virtual speech and language therapy and to assist 50 seniors with hearing evaluations/hearing aids.
  • $25,000 to E2D to purchase parts needed to refurbish donated laptops, open uptown lab to create expanded capacity to refurbish donated laptops and pay stipends to student-employees who work on laptops.
  • $10,000 to Latin Americans Working for Achievement to provide scholarships to LatinX college students.
  • $45,000 to the Learning Collaborative to support parents and students through their online instruction program, TLC@Home.

Employment

  • $150,000 to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to provide online training/retraining to unemployed individuals re-entering workforce.
  • $25,000 to Mecklenburg Council of Elders to purchase hardware/software to provide services virtually.

Emergency Financial Assistance

  • $75,000 to Ada Jenkins Center to provide emergency financial assistance and support to individuals and families.
  • $20,500 to Caterpillar Ministries to provide financial assistance for 40 families.
  • $50,000 to Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy to provide legal advice and representation.
  • $15,000 to Davidson Housing Coalition to provide emergency financial assistance to tenants in affordable housing units.
  • $30,000 to Lakewood Neighborhood Alliance to provide emergency financial assistance to neighborhood residents.
  • $15,000 to Pineville Neighbors Place to provide emergency financial assistance to neighborhood residents.
  • $75,000 to RAIN to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
  • $50,000 to Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas to provide refugees with supplies and emergency financial assistance.
  • $25,000 to Servants Heart of Mint Hill to provide food, hygiene supplies and emergency financial assistance.
  • $50,000 to Brookhill Community Resource Center to provide emergency financial assistance to neighborhood residents.

Food Security

  • $12,000 to Dilworth Soup Kitchen for food and supplies needed to provide to-go meals.
  • $25,000 to Friendship Trays to purchase food, prepare and deliver meals to seniors.
  • $40,000 to Heal Charlotte to purchase and deliver food to residents along Reagan Drive Corridor in Hidden Valley.
  • $5,000 to Hope Street Food Pantry to purchase food and build capacity to serve as a mobile pantry.
  • $300,000 to Loaves & Fishes to package and deliver food boxes to more than 35,000 people in need.
  • $22,480 to North End Community Coalition to purchase personal hygiene care packs and food for families in need.
  • $40,000 to ourBRIDGE for KIDS to provide food to immigrant and refugee families.
  • $10,000 to Reeder Memorial Baptist Church Missions Place to purchase food and equipment to expand pantry operations.
  • $25,000 to Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center to deliver food to seniors.
  • $500,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to purchase and distribute food.
  • $25,000 to University City Foundation to purchase and distribute food to residents of the University City neighborhood.

Health and Mental Health

  • $15,000 to Alexander Youth Network to continue mental health services for 340 youth.
  • $75,000 to Care Ring to maintain health outcomes for 6,500 clients receiving primary or specialty care.
  • $50,000 to Lake Norman Community Health Clinic to expand tele-health capabilities and increase behavioral health support.
  • $30,000 to Matthews Free Medical Clinic to continue serving 297 existing patients and increase access for unemployed clients without insurance.
  • $100,000 to MedAssist of Mecklenburg to continue serving 3,819 existing patients and increase access for unemployed clients without insurance.
  • $30,000 to Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center to provide remote mental health counseling services and increase capability of in-person interviews for high-risk abuse cases.
  • $50,000 to Promise Resource Network to maintain mental health services.
  • $40,000 to the Steve Smith Family Foundation to maintain mental health services at Steve Smith Family Wellness Center.
  • $35,000 to the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to purchase and distribute masks and cleaning supplies for residents.

Shelter and Housing

  • $25,000 to Beds for Kids to purchase new beds for distribution.
  • $83,500 to Carolinas CARE Partnership to provide temporary shelter and rental assistance for tenants living with AIDS.
  • $40,000 to Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte to provide rental assistance for 50 vulnerable households.
  • $100,000 to Charlotte Rescue Mission to maintain shelter and support services for 269 residents of Dove’s Nest and Charlotte Rescue Mission.
  • $50,000 to Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina to provide shelter, support and mental health services for 160 pregnant clients.
  • $20,000 to Friendship Community Development Corporation to maintain transitional housing for 26 women.
  • $10,000 to Watchmen of the Streets to purchase tents, blankets and other supplies for unsheltered homeless.
  • $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte to maintain housing for 600 homeowners.
  • $50,000 to Hope Haven to maintain shelter and support for more than 100 individuals in recovery.
  • $30,000 to the Lotus Campaign to facilitate housing placement for 100 families.
  • $75,000 to Safe Alliance to ensure adult survivors of abuse and their children are safely sheltered.
  • $50,000 to the Center for Community Transitions to provide social and emotional support to 210 formerly incarcerated women, as well as 80 children and their caregivers.
  • $35,000 to The Relatives to provide shelter and financial assistance to 25-35 young adults.
  • $250,000 to The Salvation Army to sustain housing and after-school programming for up to 1,000 individuals.

Other

  • $20,000 to Humane Society of Charlotte to help address financial expenses related to pet care.

First Round Grants

  • $70,000 to Ada Jenkins Center to provide emergency financial assistance and support 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.
  • $146,688 to Crisis Assistance Ministries 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 increased housing needs for residents who have lost employment or income.

Supplementary Grants - Arts and Cultural Organizations - Second Round

  • $35,000 to ARTPOP to help make media space available to assist selected local artists.
  • $15,000 to Brand the Moth to support artist workshops and stipends for teachers and students in its Meta Mural Residency program.
  • $25,000 to Caroline Calouche & Co. to support artistic and teaching staff, as well as purchase equipment to allow a safe reopening of the program.
  • $40,000 to Charlotte Center City Partners Community Trust to support the Charlotte Music Community COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will aid local musicians who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
  • $10,000 to the Charlotte Art League to support artistic staff and pay expenses to ensure artists have access to creative spaces after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
  • $20,000 to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture to sponsor virtual programming for its “Unmasked” conversation series.
  • $75,000 to Discovery Place to support its digital learning series and maintain its “living collection” exhibits for two months.
  • $28,500 to Goodyear Arts to support local artists who depend upon the organization and help the organization shift to innovative virtual programming.
  • $10,000 to Que-Os to support artists and expand online resources for the community.
  • $7,000 to The Arts Empowerment Project to design and deliver virtual culinary sessions for children at Thompson Child & Family Focus, Safe Alliance and Nazareth Child & Family Connection.
  • $10,000 to Tosco Music to help support local musicians through a reformatted and streaming Tosco Music Party.

Supplementary Grants - Arts and Cultural Organizations - First Round

  • $25,000 to Arts+ to support the shift to virtual programming for children.
  • $50,000 to ASC Mecklenburg Creatives Resiliency Fund to support local artists and performers who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • $185,000 to Charlotte Ballet to support its artistic, academy, education and production staff.
  • $150,000 to Children's Theatre of Charlotte to support the artistic and creative staff and ensure online programming for children.
  • $24,232 to JazzArts Charlotte to support musicians and efforts to shift to online performances and educational programs.

Brave of Heart Fund

For information about the Brave of Heart Fund for fallen healthcare workers, founded by New York Life and Cigna and powered by FFTC’s subsidiary, E4E Relief, visit www.BraveofHeartFund.com.

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