ABC Grant Program

Application Information

Welcome to the ABC Board’s Community Health & Wellness Grant Program information center. Whether you are a returning grant partner, or a new nonprofit organization interested in our grant programs, we encourage you to read all of the drop-down tabs in our menu specific to our overall grant-making process and the grant program for which your organization is interested in applying.

The most important change for the FY 2024 grant cycle is that the Small Grant Program and Annual Grant Program will be moving to a Letter of Intent (LOI) process. Check the grant program pages for more information on the LOI process. Please note:

  • The ABC Board team will be offering five drop-in grant information sessions at various locations throughout Mecklenburg County. We invite you to come chat with us about your organization’s eligibility, the LOI/grant process, and your project ideas. 
  • The opening and closing dates for the LOI processes and the full grant application processes will be posted on the Small Grant Program and Annual Grant Program web pages.

Please note, if you are currently in the Renewal Grant Program or will be moving into the Renewal Grant Program from an annual grant, an LOI will NOT be required. The Renewal Grant Program application process will remain by invitation only.

All grant programs are competitive. ABC Board staff will work with potential applicants to determine eligibility and if proposed projects align with the purpose of ABC Board funding: 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.

Grant programs are open to all qualifying Mecklenburg County nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or governmental entities such as the State of North Carolina and its agencies, municipal corporations, and political subdivisions of the State. All 501(c)(3) determination letters must be located in and serving residents of Mecklenburg County.

The ABC Board requires all awardees to have a current active NC Charitable Solicitation License (CSL) or exempt status with the NC Secretary of State (NCSOS). Before applying for a grant, please check your organization's status HERE. If you do not have a CSL, exempt status, or your license has expired, please apply, or renew at this time. The ABC Board will require proof of application to the NCSOS to move forward in the grant process and proof of active or exempt status to receive an award.

Pre-Grant Workshop Information

ABC Board staff are here to help with your eligibility, programmatic, and technical questions prior to and during the grant cycle.

Virtual pre-grant information workshops will be held in the coming months. Please check back for specific dates and to register your organization. These workshops are for any organization intending to apply to the FY 2024 Small Grant Program, Annual Grant Program, or Renewal Grant Program. All current and past grant partners and new nonprofits intending to apply are highly encouraged to attend. A recorded video of the workshops will be made available on our website.

Grant Training Information

To assist nonprofit organizations that have no to limited grant writing experience or simply need a refresher, the ABC Board offers two webinars on basic grant writing and basic budget development which may be helpful in preparing your application. Click HERE to view the recorded webinars.

Need to Know More?

Please contact Terry Albanese, Program Officer Consultant, with any questions at

The ABC Board looks forward to partnering with qualified nonprofit organizations to collectively address substance use disorder challenges and find solutions that lead to improving the overall health and wellness of Mecklenburg County residents.

Find out more about the ABC Board’s current grant partners under the Community Outreach drop-down tab.