CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation – a regional affiliate and grant-making arm of Foundation For The Carolinas – recently granted $460,010 to 28 local nonprofits.
A portion of the grants, $310,000, was part of CMCF’s newly launched Family Stability grant-making program, designed to bring about positive change and reduce intergenerational poverty. The remaining funds, $150,010, were granted to projects that foster social capital.
The Family Stability grant program was announced in September and aligns with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force recommendations. Living in a stable family and community environment is one of three critical determinants the task force identified for increasing upward mobility, along with early care/education and career/college readiness. The grant cycle was open to organizations serving residents of Mecklenburg County.
Among the Family Stability grants were $50,000 to Care Ring for a program to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and $20,000 to International House to increase staffing for its Ginter Immigration Law Clinic, which provides legal representation to low-income clients.
“The Family Stability was created to fulfill the vision of CMCF, which is of a community where every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well-educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions,” said Brian Collier, executive vice president at Foundation For The Carolinas. “We also wanted to align our work with the findings of the Task Force. We feel these grants accomplish both of those goals.”
Social Capital grants include $10,000 awarded to 100 Words Film Festival for a student mentorship program, and $12,000 to Police Activities League of Charlotte for a “lifestyle navigation” program that will expose youth in low-income neighborhoods to opportunities.
CMCF’s grantmaking program was established following a $35 million bequest from Lucille Puette Giles in 1995. To date, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded more than $54 million in grants from the endowment.
Family Stability grants (visit www.charmeck-cf.org for full project descriptions):
• Care Ring, $50,000
• Children’s Home Society of NC, $30,000
• Common Wealth Charlotte, $20,000
• Communities in Schools, $30,000
• Crisis Assistance Ministry, $30,000
• Hope Haven Inc., $30,000
• International House, $20,000
• McClintock Partners in Education, $25,000
• Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas Inc., $15,000
• Safe Alliance, $25,000
• Thompson Child & Family Focus, $15,000
• YWCA Central Carolinas, $20,000
Social Capital grants: (visit www.charmeck-cf.org for full project descriptions):
• 100 Words Film Festival, $10,000
• Andreas H. Bechtler Arts Foundation, $9,650
• Behailu Academy, $10,000
• Community School of the Arts, $10,000
• Fulton Mentoring Initiative Inc., $9,000
• Generation Nation, $10,000
• North Carolina Outward Bound School, $13,860
• Opera Carolina, $8,000
• Police Activities League Charlotte, $12,000
• QC Family Tree, $10,000
• Que-Os, $5,000
• Students for Education Reform, $10,000
• Sustain Charlotte, $5,000
• The Arts Empowerment Project, $10,000
• Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange, $10,000
• YWCA Central Carolinas, $7,500