Eyes on the Future

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation grants aid next generation

From boosting student achievement to promoting kindergarten readiness to creating college pathways and career readiness for young adults, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has an eye on helping the next generation of Mecklenburg County.

CMCF – an affiliate and the primary grantmaking arm of Foundation For The Carolinas – recently awarded from its Children, Youth and Young Adult cycle $630,000 to 27 organizations serving children, youth and young adults of Mecklenburg County. The largest grant was $70,000 to the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latinoamericana to provide renewal clinics and other services to assist DACA recipients. An additional $30,000 was reserved to fund emerging issues related to DACA immigrants.

"I’m proud of the board’s decision to focus the majority of our grantmaking towards increasing economic opportunity for young people in Mecklenburg County," said FFTC Executive Vice President Brian Collier. "We know that what we’ve accomplished over the years has been good but not nearly good enough to dramatically improve the life of every child in our community. Going forward, we’ll be looking for bold ideas that impact every stage of child’s life -- from pre-natal to career, especially opportunities for systems level change and ideas that increase the likelihood of ensuring every child has a caring adult in their lives." 

Grants were also awarded to fund programs that train and employ students as computer technicians, recruits math tutors as mentors for children and teaches reading for kindergarten through third graders.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation 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 maintaining our community’s quality of life.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Lucille Giles in 1995, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded more than $35 million to nonprofit organizations serving Mecklenburg County residents.  

Some of the 27 grants included:

  • $45,500 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to enable the program to aid at-risk Latino children through innovative, research-based solutions to closing achievement gaps, bridging cultural differences and building social capital.  
  • $70,000 to Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latinoamericana to provide renewal clinics, community education, and emergency planning for DACA recipients and their families.
  • $40,000 to HEART Tutoring, a math intervention program for students performing below grade level in math at high-poverty CMS elementary schools.
  • $30,000 to Profound Gentlemen to fund a 10-month pilot program to increase access to college and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and the Humanities for young men of color.
  • $30,000 to Read Charlotte for its Ready To Read program, a demonstration project to show local communities how to stimulate evidence-based literacy routines at home and in childcare programs.
  • $30,000 to Right Moves for Youth, which helps students learn and practice new skills, give and receive peer support, develop positive relationships with adult mentors, and find new meaning in succeeding in school and graduating.
  • $50,000 to YBM Leadership Alliance for Top Scholars, a college/career readiness, leadership development and community service program for under-represented, low-opportunity black students and their families.

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