FY 2021 Community Health & Wellness Grant Program 


The Mecklenburg County ABC Board's FY 2021 Community Health & Wellness Grant Program application period is now open!


OPENS: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EST

CLOSES: DEADLINE NOW EXTENDED TO Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT


The Community Health & Wellness Grant Program is open to all Mecklenburg County qualifying non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or governmental entities such as the State of North Carolina and its agencies, municipal corporations and political subdivisions of the State. Fiscal agent/sponsorship arrangements will not be considered. All 501(c)(3) determination letters must be located in and serving residents of Mecklenburg County.


Funding is only available for education, prevention, treatment and/or research of alcohol and/or substance abuse (substance use disorder) per Chapter 18B-805 (h) of the North Carolina General Statutes.


Each year, the ABC Board demonstrates its strong commitment to investing in the community by awarding grants to support innovative programs and services that lead to interventions or strategies that prevent or combat alcohol and/or substance abuse. The ABC Board looks forward to partnering with qualified nonprofit organizations to collectively address these challenges and find solutions that lead to improving the overall health and wellness of Mecklenburg County residents.

Find out more about the ABC Board’s current grant partners under ABC Board Giving History.




What’s New This Year?


New this year, there are four (4) different grant programs under the umbrella Community Health & Wellness Grant Program of the ABC Board. For details about each grant program, including eligibility guidelines, please click on the links below.


Small Grant Program: for new, smaller organizations never having an ABC Board grant CLICK HERE. 


Renewal Grant Program: for current grantees in good standing with the ABC Board and no significant changes in the project/program CLICK HERE. 


Annual Grant Program: for organizations with at least three (3) years of organizational growth and a new, innovative project/program idea CLICK HERE.


Multi-Year Grant Program: for organizations with at least five (5) years of organizational growth and a new, innovative project/program idea CLICK HERE.


It is incumbent upon the applicant organization to carefully read the grant eligibility Guidelines and Terms applicable to the grant program being applied to for information about that specific program. Although some requirements are the same, there are significant differences between the grant programs.


Where is the Grant Application?


The Community Health & Wellness Grant Program applications are available online through the Foundant online grants management system. There are four (4) separate applications based on the grant programs noted above. Applicant organizations must read the information about the specific grant program being applied to before starting an application. Be sure to select the right application.


Applying online makes it easier to develop, track and manage grant applications. All grant applications and required documents must be completed and submitted through the online system. There will be no exceptions.


Can an Organization Apply to More Than One Grant?


Yes. The Foundant online grants management system allows an applicant organization to start multiple applications to the grant program for which it qualifies and wants a proposal to be considered. Before applying, make sure to carefully read the website Community Outreach menu tabs, the Guidelines and Terms applicable to the grant program being applied to for information about that specific program and the grant application description to make sure the organization is eligible and qualifies for consideration.


What about Other Important Questions?


To save time and effort before applying, please review answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the ABC Board application process. CLICK HERE for the FAQs.


Who is the Contact for Technical Questions?


Please contact Terry Albanese, Contract Program Officer, at terryalbanese28@gmail.com with any questions.


In fairness to all applicant organizations, once the application process begins on March 1, 2020, the ABC Board and its representatives are unable to address any grant project-specific questions. Applicant organizations may consult a professional grant writer as needed.


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