Small Grant Program

The Small Grant Program was established in 2020 to allow qualifying smaller non-profits and those who have not partnered with the Mecklenburg County ABC Board in the past an opportunity to apply for funding to reduce or prevent alcohol and/or substance abuse (substance use disorder) in their target populations. The ABC Board is excited to once again offer this grant opportunity to the community.

 We have good news! This year, the maximum award for a small grant has been increased to $10,000. The ABC Board anticipates funding up to ten (10) grant awards to community agencies through the Small 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 Small Grant Program application in Foundant.

  • Funding is only available for education and prevention 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 that focus on target populations in the 11-26 year age range.
  • The ABC Board is interested in new projects that show innovation in reaching the identified target population.
  • Grants will be awarded up to $10,000 for FY 2022, depending on and in alignment with the applicant's proposed project and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.
  • All small grants are for a one-year project period.
  • Although current Small Grant Program grantees are allowed to apply again in the FY 2022 grant cycle, the ABC Board encourages new agencies to apply.
  • Although matching funds are not a requirement of the Small Grant Program, all applicants are encouraged to demonstrate financial commitment to their grant project.
  • 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.

    • Gross receipts greater than $50,000.

    • Evidence 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) – OR – the organization’s two (2) most recently filed 990 full version – OR – the organization’s three (3) most recently filed 990-EZ. Note: 990-N postcards will NOT be accepted. There will be no exceptions.

  • 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.

 Important Information About The Application

 Getting Started

Getting started means getting organized! This will help applicants 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 Small Grant Program can be found at Foundant. Be sure to select the correct application process for the Small Grant Program. Failure to do so will disqualify the applicant from the grant cycle (for example, if the applicant applies for a small grant under the Annual Grant Program application process).

 Required Application Documents

Prior to beginning the application, be sure to download and carefully read the Small 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) – OR – the organization’s two (2) most recently filed 990 full version – OR – the organization’s three (3) most recently filed 990-EZ

      • 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