Letter of Intent (LOI)

Letter of Intent (LOI) Process

 This year, beginning with the FY 2024 grant cycle, the ABC Board will be implementing a mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) process for both the Small Grant Program and the Annual Grant Program to be submitted through Foundant, our Online Grants Management System.

No worries, we’re here to help!

To help all prospective applicants prepare, the ABC Board is 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.

Please help us to plan by pre-registering for the event you will be attending.

Tuesday, September 20, 10:00 AM – Noon at The Brooklyn Collective
Address: 229 S Brevard St, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Note: there is no onsite parking for this location.
This session is now closed for registration. 

Wednesday, September 21, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM at Community Matters Cafe
Address: 821 W 1st St, Charlotte, NC 28202
This session is now closed for registration.

Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 AM – Noon at University City Partners
Address: 8801 JM Keynes Drive, Suite 450, Charlotte, NC 28262
This session is now closed for registration. 

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 AM – Noon at Matthews Free Medical Clinic
Address: 196 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105
This session is now closed for registration. 

Friday, October 14, from 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM at International House (Rescheduled date & time)
Address: 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, Room 204
This session is now closed for registration. 

The LOI will serve as each nonprofit organization’s initial request to the ABC Board and will help to ensure that the organization is eligible for an ABC Board grant and is proposing a project idea that is in alignment with the purpose of ABC Board grant funding prior to submitting a full application.

Please read about the ABC Board grantmaking focus areas HERE.

The LOI process is also an opportunity for the ABC Board grantmaking team and prospective applicants to work together in the early stages of the grant cycle. Through the LOI, the ABC Board team can assess community interest in the grant program prior to receiving full proposals and screen for projects that fully align. As well, this will help us to determine how many community-based evaluators will be needed for the review process.

Through the LOI, we will request information about eligibility, organizational budget/financials, Charitable Solicitation License, leadership, and a summary of the project idea and how it meets the funding focus areas of the ABC Board. All LOIs that are screened favorably will receive an invitation to apply during the competitive grant cycle.

For More Information

More information on the LOI process will be provided in the coming weeks. Please return to this page for updates.

Please contact Terry Albanese, Program Officer Consultant, with any questions at terryalbanese28@gmail.com.