Community Outreach

Community Outreach 

Since 1948, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board has directed part of its profits back to the community through a statutory distribution under Alcohol Education. By state law, once funds needed to operate the system are allocated, the ABC Board must return at least seven percent (7%) of profits from the sale of distilled spirits to qualified nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations which are 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 that provide substance abuse prevention, education, treatment, and/or research for the benefit of Mecklenburg County citizens.

To demonstrate further commitment to the health and wellness of the community, in the late 1950s, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board developed a supportive relationship with Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center providing a rent-free building and funding a substantial portion of their budget. Read more about the substance abuse programs and services that Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center offers. 

In the ABC Board’s 76-year history, over $118,000,000 has been distributed to nonprofits for alcohol and substance use disorder programs and services.

Community Grantmaking

In 1996, the Mecklenburg County ABC Board looked to broaden its scope of giving to reach more nonprofits doing innovative and meaningful work in the community around substance abuse prevention, education, treatment, and/or research by developing its own grant-making program.

The Community Health & Wellness Grant Program was established and promotes the well-being of local residents by awarding funds to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that offer programs and services which specifically focus on projects in alignment with the purpose of ABC Board grant funding.

There is immense value in partnering with nonprofit organizations whose work contributes to the mission of the ABC Board’s Community Health & Wellness Grant Program. The commitment of these community organizations to preventing or reducing alcohol and/or substance abuse in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community is unwavering and greatly appreciated.

Current Grant Partners

The Board of Directors awarded $2,338,105 in grant funds to 58 nonprofit partners for the FY 2025 grant cycle. 

FY 2025 Small Grant Program

  • 21 grant awards
  • $476,819 investment
  • Click HERE for a list of nonprofit partners

FY 2025 Annual Grant Program

  • 20 awards
  • $1,273,286 investment
  • Click HERE for a list of nonprofit partners

FY 2025 Renewal Grant Program

  • 17 awards
  • $588,000 investment
  • Click HERE for a list of nonprofit partners

The Board of Directors also awarded $221,246 in grant funds to 10 nonprofit partners for the FY 2024 grant cycle to pilot the new Special Grant Initiative which brings the Mendez Foundation’s Too Good for Drugs prevention education curriculum to children in Grades K-5. In addition, the ABC Board coordinated the curriculum training and provided curriculum kits to partners for a total investment of $238,839 for the children of Mecklenburg County.

FY 2024 Special Grant Initiative

  • 10 awards
  • $238,839 investment
  • Click HERE for a list of nonprofit partners

 

Helpful Community Resources

Is Alcohol or Substance Abuse a Problem?

Services are available in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area if you feel you need help with any type of substance, including alcohol. If you contact a provider, information you share with them is protected by federal law and can only be shared in accordance with the law. Self-help or community support groups are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week either through meetings or by phone.