Renewal Grant Program

The Renewal Grant Program was established in 2020 for all previous year grantees (from the Annual Grant Program and Multi-Year Grant Program only) in good standing with the ABC Board. The Renewal Grant Program provides a simpler application process for trusted partners. Renewal grants are considered step-down funding to help organizations become less reliant on ABC Board funding and take initiative to secure new funding for their important projects/programs.

This year, the maximum award for a renewal grant is capped at $50,000. The ABC Board anticipates funding up to seven (7) grant awards to current partners through the Renewal Grant Program. Current partners are NOT guaranteed funding by the ABC Board. Please note, the Renewal Grant Program is NOT open to new applicants.

The ABC Board virtual pre-grant information workshop registration closed March 1st.

What Current Grantees Need To Know

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

  • Renewal funding is for proven existing projects/programs with no significant or major changes.
  • Priority preference will be given to projects/programs that focus on underserved populations.
  • Renewal grants are step-down funding from previous grant years. Grants will be awarded up to $50,000 for FY 2022, depending on and in alignment with the applicant's proposed project/program, past performance/compliance, and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • All renewal grants are for a one-year project period, including previous multi-year grants.
  • Although matching funds are not a requirement of the Renewal Grant Program, all applicants are encouraged to demonstrate financial commitment to their grant project/program.
  • Renewal grant partners must have/maintain:

    • 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.

  • Both annual and multi-year grants moving into the renewal process are evaluated against each other in a competitive process.

  • In addition to other measures, grant evaluation looks for demonstrated compliance and adequate project/program progress in relation to proposed outcomes in considering the renewal.

  • 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 updating any information in Foundant that may have changed. It’s important to keep contact information current so that communications from the ABC Board are not missed. Go to the ABC Board’s online grants management system at Foundant to make updates to the organization’s profile.

Invitation to Apply

Current grantees in good standing with the ABC Board will be invited to apply and receive a link to the grant application in Foundant. This link will come via email through Foundant to both the Executive Director/CEO and the primary contact, if different.

Required Application Documents

Prior to beginning the application, be sure to download and carefully read the Renewal 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)

 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 terryalbanese28@gmail.com.