Annual Grant Program

The Annual Grant Program is a long-standing grant opportunity provided by the Mecklenburg County ABC Board. Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals that bring important programming to their target populations. Together, partner grantee organizations and the ABC Board can have a positive impact on the community.

This year, the maximum award for an annual grant is capped at $75,000. The ABC Board anticipates funding up to four (4) grant awards to community agencies through the Annual Grant Program.

The ABC Board presented a virtual pre-grant information pre-workshop March 1st. The workshop presentation can be downloaded HERE.

 What Applicants Need To Know

This information can also be found in the process summary of the Annual Grant Program application in Foundant.

  • Funding is available only 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. These guidelines will be strictly followed.

  • Priority preference will be given to projects/programs that focus on underserved populations.

  • The ABC Board is interested in new projects/programs that show innovation in reaching the identified target population.

  • Grants will be awarded up to $75,000 for FY 2022, depending on and in alignment with the applicant's proposed project/program and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • All annual grants are for a one-year project period.
  • Eligible agencies that have not previously been funded by the ABC Board and have new projects/programs are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Current Annual Grant Program grantees are allowed to apply again in the FY 2022 annual grant cycle, however, they MUST demonstrate clear and compelling evidence that their proposed project/program is new (existing projects/programs or those with modifications will not be eligible).
  • Although matching funds are not a requirement of the Annual Grant Program, all applicants are encouraged to demonstrate financial commitment to their grant project/program.
  • Eligible organizations are/have:

    • Mecklenburg County 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. A fiscal agent/sponsorship arrangement will not be considered.

    • 501(c)(3) determination letters located in and serving residents of Mecklenburg County.

    • Evidence of a minimum of three (3) consecutive years of demonstrated organization strength in leadership, track record and sustainability results.

    • An independent audit completed by a licensed certified public accountant within two (2) years (2018 or 2019 audits accepted only). There will be no exceptions.

  • Agency site visits will NOT be conducted for FY 2022 as part of the evaluation process. However, applicants that make it to the final phase of the evaluation process may be contacted for an Applicant Clarification Call if deemed necessary by the Grants Evaluation Team in making their final award recommendations to the ABC Board.

  • Two (2) grant goal reports are required, due at six (6) months and at the end of the grant period.

  • As always, human interest stories and photos are required to share the good work of the grantees and the ABC Board. Please be prepared to take photos and get participant testimonials during the grant project/program.

 Important Information About The Application

 Getting Started

Getting started means getting organized! This will help applicants to prepare a better grant application.

Begin by creating an Organization Account (if the applicant organization currently has an account – do not create a duplicate – simply enter the system as typically done).

Go to the ABC Board’s online grants management system at Foundant. Select one (1) login email address/password to be used for all submissions. Provide the email address of the person ultimately responsible for grant administration. The ABC Board Grant Administration Staff will communicate all pertinent information to this email address. It’s important to keep contact information current so that communications from the ABC Board are not missed. Changes can be made to the organization’s profile at any time.

 Grant Application

The grant application for the Annual Grant Program can be found at Foundant. Be sure to select the correct application process for the Annual Grant Program. Failure to do so will disqualify the applicant from the grant cycle (for example, if the applicant applies for an annual grant under the Small Grant Program application process).

 Required Application Documents

Prior to beginning the application, be sure to download and carefully read the Annual Grant Program documents. By previewing the documents there will be no surprises and the application process will go more smoothly. Links to all documents are found in the application in Foundant. These documents include:

 Required Supporting Documents

Collect other required supporting documents in electronic file format that will need to be uploaded in the application process. These documents include:

      • Most current 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter/Letter of Proof
      • Independent audit completed by a licensed certified public accountant within two (2) years (2018 or 2019 audits accepted only – no exceptions)
      • Board Approved Annual Organization Budgets (both current & previous year)
      • Most current Board of Directors Roster

 Community / Substance Use Prevention Resources

 The ABC Board encourages applicants to review these important resources for project planning and proposal development purposes. Click HERE to access a Dropbox link to the following reports:

      • Mecklenburg County YRBS for High School (2017)
      • Mecklenburg County YRBS for Middle School (2017)
      • Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment (2019)
      • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report (2017)
      • A Guide to SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (2019)
      • SAMHSA’s Strategic Plan (FY19-FY23)

Helpful Sites

      • Review the Frequently Asked Questions which provide helpful information.
      • Take the Applicant Tutorial to get started with the application process.

 Technical Assistance

For assistance with any technical problems in the grant application process, contact Terry Albanese, Grant-Making Consultant, at