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 ABC Board’s current grant partners include:


The Board of Directors awarded $750,000 to the following grant partners:

A Better World

$5,000 Preventative Therapy at A Better World

Care Ring

$75,000 for ACT to Prevent Substance Abuse

Central Piedmont Community College

$48,865 for Preparing Addictions Counselors of Tomorrow (PACT) Program

Charlotte Rescue Mission

$75,000 for Addiction Recovery Program

$75,000 for Community Matters Cafe Life-Skills Training Program

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

$69,008.88 for CCSC Relapse Prevention Program

Dilworth Center

$75,000 for Enhanced Family Program

Fashion & Compassion

$46,568.40 for Dilworth Jewelry Project Community

Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage

$5,000 Healthy Relationship Curriculum Development and Courage Club Engagement

Let Me Run

$2,500 Let Me Run Middle School Support

Mental Health America of Central Carolinas

$75,000 Saving Local Lives through Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and QPR (Question, Persuade & Refer)

Safe Alliance

$73,800 for Domestic Violence Shelter Recovery Program

 Teen Health Connection

$15,027.72 for Underage Drinking Prevention Education Program

The C. W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc.

$91,850 for Integrated Substance Use Disorder Services for Underserved Populations in Mecklenburg County

 Roof Above (formerly Urban Ministry Center)

$75,000 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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