ABC Board Giving History

The Mecklenburg County ABC Board is pleased to continue its long-standing practice of providing grants to eligible non-profit organizations in Mecklenburg County.


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 the ABC Board allocates funds needed to operate its 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 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 residents.


To demonstrate further commitment to the health and wellness of the 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 offered by the Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center.

Community Grant Making

In 1996, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board had a vision to broaden the scope of giving to reach more non-profits doing innovative and meaningful work in the community around alcohol and/or substance abuse (substance use disorder) education, prevention, treatment or research. The ABC Board’s Community Health & Wellness Grant Program grew from this vision and is now a key community investor in this funding area.


As of June 30, 2019, the ABC Board has returned $93,607,760 to local non-profit organizations who serve residents of Mecklenburg County.


Eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations may apply for grants during the competitive grant cycle that opens on March 1 of each year. Please go to the Community Health & Wellness Grant Program page for more information.


Current Grant Partners

There is great value in partnering with non-profit organizations whose work contributes to the mission of the ABC Board’s Community Health & Wellness Grant Program. Their commitment to reducing alcohol and/or substance abuse in the community is unwavering and greatly appreciated.


The ABC Board’s current grant partners include:



The Board of Directors awarded $600,000 to the following grant partners:


Atrium/Carolinas Medical Center – Injury Prevention Center

$200,000 for CARE (Counseling for Alcohol and Referring to Treatment in an Emergency Room)


Charlotte Rescue Mission

$200,000 for Community Café Matters


Safe Alliance

$200,000 for Domestic Violence Shelter Family Resiliency Program


The Board of Directors awarded $150,000.00 to the following grant partner:

Dilworth Center

$150,000 for Outcomes Measurement Project


The Board of Directors awarded $1,011,083 to the following grant partners:

Care Ring

$56,934 for ACT to Prevent Substance Abuse


Charlotte Rescue Mission

$100,000 for Addiction Recovery Program


Community Culinary School of Charlotte

$62,548.45 for CCSC Relapse Prevention Program


Dilworth Center

$100,000 for Enhanced Family Program


Fashion & Compassion

$42,000 for Dilworth Jewelry Project Community


First Baptist Church-West CSA (dba Charlotte Community Services Association)

$49,919 for “I Know Somebody” Summer Institute


Florence Crittenton Services

$100,000 for Generations of Impact


McLeod Addictive Disease Center

$100,000 for Equitable Education in the Criminal Justice System


Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation

$99,681.64 for NHPMC Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Peer Support Specialist Services


Safe Alliance

$100,000 for Domestic Violence Shelter Recovery Program


Teen Health Connection

$100,000 for Underage Drinking Prevention Education Program


Urban Ministry Center

$100,000 for SABER Treatment Program


Helpful Community Resources

Is alcohol or substance abuse a problem for you, a family member, friend, or co-worker?


Services are available in the Mecklenburg County area for those who feel they need help with alcohol and/or substance abuse. Information shared with a provider is protected by federal law and can only be shared in accordance with the law.


Self-help or community support groups are available 24/7 through in-person meetings or by phone.


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