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Community Service Grants

The Community Service Grant (CSG) Program is an opportunity for Mecklenburg County government to partner with local nonprofit organizations to help meet critical needs in the community.

The Community Service Grant (CSG) Program is an opportunity for Mecklenburg County government to partner with local nonprofit organizations to help meet critical needs in the community. These one-year (July 1 through June 30) grants provide funding for nonprofit agencies that deliver services to residents aligned to Mecklenburg County departmental strategies. Applicants are encouraged to explore this site to get an understanding of the types of services typically provided.

The program begins with an info session in October where attendees will be provided with information about the upcoming year, eligibility, and how to apply. Interested agencies will have one month to submit applications through an online process including:

  • A problem statement
  • Description of the target population and service geography
  • Service delivery strategy
  • Proposed service results
  • Performance measures
  • A budget proposal and narrative

Any nonprofit that has received CSG funding for three consecutive fiscal years (FY2022 – FY2023 - FY2024) will be sunset and provided the opportunity to apply for a vendor relationship with the County. If selected as a vendor, the program will no longer compete in the CSG process.

*Recipients are required to re-apply each year and funding is not guaranteed.

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Eligibility Requirements

Please refer to the list below to determine whether your organization meets the minimum requirements to apply for a Community Service Grant.

Application Process

The Community Service Grant application period ran from Oct. 16 - Nov. 13, 2023. An information session was held on Oct. 16 to provide more information about the application process. View the presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently Funded CSGs

Achieving Success on Purpose, Inc.* - $150,000 
(The B.R.I.C.K. Program) A 3-4 month program that provides evidence-based life skills and counseling to help at-risk youth manage life and prevent unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Carolina Youth Coalition - $100,000
(Torch Fellows Program) An out-of-school program aimed at eliminating the academic, financial, and social barriers to college entry and completion for first-generation and low-income college-goers.

Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center* - $145,000 
(Better Hearing & Speech) Offers free speech-language screenings to children 2-5 years, navigation support and follow-up services, as well as 200 hearing devices to low-income adults and seniors.

GenOne - $55,000 
(College Access & Persistence Services) Provides academic advising, mentoring, financial aid workshops, and more to first generation students from grades 7 through 12. 

Heart Math Tutoring, Inc.* - $91,100 
(School Support) Provides free math tutoring to low-income K-3rd grade CMS students.

HopeWay* - $35,000 
(HopeWay Veterans Support) Provides evidence-based, holistic adult mental health care to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Jewish Family Services of Greater Charlotte* - $34,736
(Senior Wellness Program) Provides non-traditional therapeutic intervention for individuals 60+ to reduce negative effects of extended isolation.

Lake Norman Community Health Clinic - $100,000
(OurSmiles Dental Collaborative) Operates a dental bus serving patients below poverty at multiple clinics across the County. 

MeckEd- $50,000
(Career Pathways) Work one-on-one with low-income youth who face obstacles to college and career opportunities.

Memory & Movement Charlotte - $100,000
(Service Expansion to Address Growing Need) Care for patients and families living with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and related conditions by combining clinical treatment with education and emotional support.

Metrolina Association for the Blind - $340,000
(Vision Rehabilitation Services) Helps individuals with vision loss or blindness become or remain self-sufficient through visual rehab therapy, orientation and mobility, low vision training, door-to-door transportation, and case management.

Mind Body Baby NC - $81,300
(Doula Grants Program) Connects pregnant women to trained doulas to navigate their needs before & after pregnancy.

Monarch* - $50,000 
(Youth Crisis Center) Offers short-term stabilization for youth 6-17 who are experiencing an acute psychiatric episode, mental health crisis, or substance abuse crisis as an alternative to emergency department or hospital stays.

Out Teach - $300,000
(The REAL School Gardens) Program builds outdoor learning spaces in underserved Title I Meck County schools. Learning Labs will serve as educational resources for these schools as well as open outdoor spaces for the local community.

Present Age Ministries- $35,000
(For the One) Combats the sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of teen girls and equips communities to identify at-risk teen girls through prevention, awareness, and education.

RAO Community Health - $241,924
(RAO Doula Impact Program) Provides doula training in certification requirements and extended educational sessions.

Teen Health Connection - $104,000
(Community-Based Prevention Programs) Teen-led education for teens about substance abuse while providing mental health programming.


* = Newly funded CSG for FY2025.