Levine Foundation Grants

Leon Levine Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: North Carolina, South Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina, South Carolina

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  • LOIs accepted throughout the year without deadline. LOI reviewed by grants committee within 60 days.
  • If approved, an organization receives an invitation to submit a proposal. Proposals due 45 days from invitation. 
  • Note that, if invited, full proposal application windows for specific regions are as follows:
    • The Piedmont Triad & Western N.C. - eligible to submit proposal between October 1 & December 1
    • Upstate S.C. & the Midlands - eligible to submit proposal between January 1 & March 1
    • The Research Triangle - eligible to submit proposal between April 1 & June 1
    • Charleston & Coastal S.C. - eligible to submit proposal between July 1 & September 1

Leon Levine Foundation

The Leon Levine Foundation funds some of the most compelling, impactful nonprofit programs in our region. Our grantees must meet rigorous requirements for funding that set them up for success, and our community benefits from their outcomes.

The Leon Levine Foundation funds a variety of organizations and programs that serve the public without discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or national origin.

What kind of funding does the Foundation provide?

The Foundation will provide funding consideration for general operating support, project/program support, scholarship support, capital campaign support, and in some cases, endowment support. 


Supporting quality healthcare, improving access, & investing in local programs/medical research to prolong & improve quality of life. 

One of the characteristics of a successful and thriving community is access to quality physical and mental healthcare. By investing in effective healthcare programs, we have a unique opportunity to enrich lives. The Foundation not only funds local programming and medical research to improve health outcomes, but also supports grantees that improve access to healthcare for those who are living with disease and illness.

Access to Care: Bridging the access gap between healthcare and patients

Good health is important to all of us. We are working to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the highest quality healthcare.

Our region is fortunate to have some of the best healthcare services in the Southeast if not the nation, and we are proud to be partners with many of these facilities. Whether it’s the largest children’s hospital between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia or a unique, comprehensive, cancer option for rural citizens, we work to improve the overall quality of offerings in our region.

Complementing our Human Services focus, many of our healthcare grants seek to assist hardworking and motivated individuals, who may have fallen on hard times. Circumstances beyond a person’s control should not prevent access to quality healthcare.

The Foundation funds nonprofits supporting patients and their families to improve access to care and medical support services. We take a special interest in funding organizations that provide assistance to those who may not otherwise be able to afford such care.

Local Programming & Research: Funding local programming and research to prolong and improve lives

The Leon Levine Foundation wants to improve quality of life through our support of local programming and research to help individuals live longer and healthier lives.

The Foundation has a special interest in local programs and research for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s and mental health—some of the most prevalent diseases of our time.

We welcome impactful ideas from strong nonprofits who share our commitment toward promoting a healthier future through outstanding programs, research, and treatments.


Strengthening birth-12th grade public education & providing post-secondary access to disadvantaged & motivated individuals.

Education and opportunity come hand-in-hand. At The Leon Levine Foundation, we believe education is one of the keys to a thriving economy and community. By investing in students from birth through post-secondary education, we are helping to end generational poverty and building a prosperous future for us all

Scholarship Programs: Providing the toolbox to succeed

The Leon Levine Foundation seeks to support driven minds who need a boost to reach their full potential.

We strive to invest in the most effective scholarship programs that allow the disadvantaged and motivated among us the ability to better their lives through their own hard work.

We focus on providing need-based scholarship opportunities for students attending universities or community colleges in the Charlotte region. The Foundation takes a special interest in scholarship programs that provide additional support services and enhanced programming.

Student Achievement: Lifting students up to success

At the Foundation, we believe all of our young people should have access to a quality education no matter whom they are or what they wish to pursue.

Our funding helps nonprofits support disadvantaged and motivated individuals achieve self-sufficiency through education. Our grants focus on innovative and/or research-proven models that raise student achievement or close the achievement gap between different socio-economic backgrounds.

Our investments focus on giving teachers and school leaders the resources they need to create thriving educational programs, including programs for pre-school aged children and programs expanding the school calendar.

Jewish Values

Carolinas: Instilling Jewish values and strengthening communities

At the Foundation, we believe that spiritual and emotional fulfillment improves society overall.

Therefore, we invest in Jewish organizations helping to instill Jewish values, traditions and customs in the lives of Jewish people in Charlotte and the Carolinas.

Human Services

Helping motivated individuals & families attain self-sufficiency by addressing personal crisis, affordable housing & sustainable income.

The Leon Levine Foundation works to ensure everyone in our community, who has the desire and motivation, has an equal opportunity for success. We focus our investments in organizations that serve people who want to make a better life for themselves and their families through education and hard work. Our grantees make the region stronger by increasing access to affordable housing and a living wage, improving the lives of children and families, and providing quality services to seniors and veterans.

Crisis: Creating an environment where everyone can succeed

The Foundation understands that good people can catch a bad break sometimes. We invest in programs that provide emergency temporary housing, clothing and food along with utility and rental assistance. These programs meet basic life needs for the “working poor” or recently unemployed who have fallen on hard times and are facing financial emergencies.

As opposed to a handout, this “hand up” approach is intended to help individuals and families get back onto the path of self-sufficiency. It’s critical for organizations in this sector to partner across the continuum of care to ensure their clients achieve this goal.

Self Sufficiency: Working to break the cycle of poverty, preserve dignity and restore community

The Foundation assists hardworking individuals who have a positive outlook and a sincere desire to improve themselves and others by funding highly effective programs that help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty.

Access to housing and income are important components of building a path toward sustainable self-sufficiency. We support programs that help individuals in their pursuit of earning a living wage, accessing earned benefits (e.g., veterans, disability or social security benefits) and obtaining affordable housing.

The Foundation believes children are our hope for building a stronger and better community. We look for programs that specifically support children, improve their lives and also benefit the lives of the generations that follow. Therefore, we invest in programs that rebuild and reinforce basic principles of family, marriage, parenting and caring for children.

The Foundation also works to assist those who have made countless contributions to our community. We believe all seniors should be given the ability to live an independent lifestyle, if they are willing and able. Our funding seeks to create a sense of community and fund care for those who cannot fully care for themselves.

Because of veterans’ numerous sacrifices in defense of this country and our freedoms, the Foundation believes Americans have the obligation to make certain these men and women are treated with dignity and respect. The Foundation seeks to fund initiatives that provide avenues for veterans to successfully re-enter society upon their return from service, whether it be through employment, education, access to healthcare and housing, or family support.


Improving our communities by enriching the lives of citizens through meaningful arts and culture programs and facilities.

We contribute to enhancing the cities of the Carolinas by supporting institutions—cultural, historical and educational—that enrich the region for current residents, and make it a destination for new residents. The Foundation invests in cultural projects and programs that support cultural diversity and have a significant and meaningful impact on these communities. There is primary interest in best-in-class organizations with long track records of quality programming and substantial budgets.

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


  • All nonprofit organizations seeking funding must meet these minimum requirements:
    • Grant requests will be considered only from tax exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and further classified as a public charity within the meaning of Section 509(a) (1) or (2) of the Code, or governmental units described in Section 170 of the Code. 
    • The Foundation will consider only one LOI and one Funding Proposal application from an organization within a 12-month period.
    • The Foundation primarily accepts LOI’s from organizations which serve individuals primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina, the surrounding region, and other major North Carolina cities through targeted geographic expansion.
    • Typically, the Foundation does not support organizations with total revenue less than $250,000


  • 509(a)(3) Supporting Organizations will not be considered for funding.
  • Grants are not made to individuals.
  • The Foundation does not provide grants to foreign organizations.