Our Giving History:

Since 1948, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board has directed part of its profits back to the community through a statutory distribution under Alcohol Education. By state law, once we allocate funds needed to operate the system, the ABC Board must return at least seven percent (7%) of profits from the sale of distilled spirits to qualified  non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations which are exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities such as the State of North Carolina and its agencies, municipal corporations, and political subdivisions of the State that provide substance abuse prevention, education, treatment, or research for the benefit of Mecklenburg County citizens.

To demonstrate further commitment to the health and wellness of our community, in the late 1950’s, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board developed a supportive relationship with Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center providing a rent-free building, and, funding a substantial portion of their budget. Read more about the substance abuse programs and services that Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center offers in our community HERE.

Community Grantmaking

In 1996, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board looked to broaden the scope of giving to reach more nonprofits doing innovative and meaningful work in the community around substance abuse education, prevention, treatment or research by developing our own grant program. As of June 30, 2018, the Board has returned $88,704,060 to organizations in our community. Each year, eligible 501 (c ) (3) nonprofits may apply for grants by completing our grant application. If you know of a nonprofit that does innovative work in the field of substance abuse, please direct them to our grant program page for more information.

Current Grant Partners

Multi-Year Grant Partners:

The Board of Directors awarded $323,597.00 for FY 2018-2019 to the following organizations:

Organization Project Title Amount

Preparing Addictions Counselors of Tomorrow (PACT) Program $155,596.00 
CCSC Relapse Prevention Program $118,033.00
ServSafe Alcohol Training and Certification $49,968.00

The Board of Directors awarded $600,000.00 for FY 2019-2020 to the following organizations: 

Organization Project Title Amount
Carolinas Medical Center CARE (Counseling for Alcohol and Referring to Treatment in an Emergency Room) $200,000
Charlotte Rescue Mission Community Cafe Matters $200,000
 Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter Family Resiliency Program $200,000

Annual Grant Partners:

The Board of Directors awarded $757,301.90 for FY 2019 to the following organizations:

Organization Name Project Title Amount
  Addiction Recovery Program $50,000.00
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention Program $58,389.00
 Fashion & Compassion   $46,150.00
Generations of Impact  $100,000.00 
   Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training  $53,843.50 
 Novant Health   $48,919.40
Domestic Violence Shelter Recovery Project $100,000.00 
Underage Drinking Prevention Education Program $100,00.00 
Strengthening Families Program & Seeking Safety Program $100,000.00
SABER (Substance Abuse Education & Recovery) $100,000.00 


Helpful Community Resources

Is Alcohol or Substance Abuse a Problem?

Services are available in our area if you feel you need help with any type of substance; including alcohol.  If you contact any provider, information you share with them is protected by federal law and can only be shared in accordance with the law.  Self-help or community support groups are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week either through meetings or by phone.


↑ Top