Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation - Children, Youth, and Young Adult Fund

Foundation for the Carolinas

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Apr 3, 2020 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF) is a permanent endowment at Foundation For The Carolinas that envisions a community where every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions. Further, CMCF believes that the preservation and protection of our natural resources and environmentally conscious decision-making are vital to maintain our community’s quality of life.

Foundation initiatives focused on children and youth have been instrumental in leveraging broad support for programs that benefit our young people. 

As part of its grantmaking, the Children and Youth Committee is dedicated to fostering a landscape of economic opportunity for all children. Funding priority will be given to programs which encourage economic opportunity or upward mobility for children in our county. 

Result and Investment Areas:

The Foundation views itself as an investor in the community and is interested in creating the highest possible levels of community gain, focused on improving the lives of Mecklenburg County citizens. 

Specific investment and results areas are outlined below and should be reflected in grant applications.

Early Childhood (Birth-Kindergarten) 

  • Children have access to safe and enriching quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn.
  • Parents and caregivers have the tools, resources and information to nurture their children and provide experiences that promote school readiness.
  • The early care and education workforce has the resources and professional development opportunities to provide quality care and experiences for children from birth through age five.

College and Career Readiness (Elementary School to Age 24) 

  • Currently underachieving children and youth perform at or above grade level.
  • K-12 students have access to and support for exploring, building and eventually fulfilling tangible college and/or career aspirations.
  • Students and their parents or caregivers have the necessary information and guidance to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparation and processes.
  • High school students have access to high quality, paid work-based learning opportunities.
  • Youth value and recognize the need for postsecondary degrees and/or industry certifications to successfully compete in our rapidly changing labor market.
  • First-generation college students and children from low-opportunity environments transition to and complete post-secondary programs successfully.
  • Disconnected youth and young adults have the opportunity to attain their educational, training and employment goals. 

The Foundation typically awards grants between $10,000-$50,000 to eligible organizations. However, actual award amounts will be determined based on merit of the project and available funds.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants must be awarded to eligible organizations including 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, congregations, governmental and educational institutions for projects that will serve residents of Mecklenburg County.
  • If the organization conducting the project is not an eligible organization, a grant can be applied for under the fiscal sponsorship of an eligible organization. 
  • Geographic focus: Mecklenburg County – NC
  • Investment Area:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Education: K-12
    • Education: Higher Education and Workforce Development
    • Human Services
    • Social Capital


  • Areas Not Typically Funded
    • Capital requests
    • Debt retirement/deficit funding or expenses incurred prior to grant award decisions
    • Direct support of individuals (e.g. scholarships, hardship)
    • Duplication of existing programs or services by new organizations
    • Endowment funds
    • General operating support
    • Travel and conferences
    • Publication of books
    • Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local government
    • Projects that promote political or religious views
    • Political or lobbying activities
    • Sponsorships or fundraisers