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 we allocate funds needed to operate the system, 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 our 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 our community here.

Community Grantmaking

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

As of June 30, 2021, the Board has returned over $102,000,000 to nonprofit organizations in our community. Please help spread the word about our Community Health & Wellness Grant Program as the ABC Board strives to partner with new organizations in the community with a focus on BIPOC-led and serving organizations.

Current Grant Partners

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.

The Board of Directors awarded $1,000,000 to the following grant partners for the FY 2023 grant cycle:

Small Grant Program

100 Black Men of Charlotte
$10,000, Healthy Behaviors Program

A Better World
$20,000, A Better World Enrichment Program

Changed Choices, Inc.
$10,000, Changed Choices Re-Entry Program

FBC-W CSA dba Charlotte CSA
$10,000, Too Good for Youth Substance Abuse Program

Healthy Charlotte Alliance, Inc.
$11,000, Addiction and Aging: Identifying Alcohol and Substance Abuse in Aging Adults and What to Do

RunningWorks, Inc.
$20,000, RunningWorks for Healthy Lifestyles

Supportive Housing Communities
$17,600, Client and Staff Empowerment and Peer Support Specialist Training

Thrive Global Project
$19,197, Ready to Thrive (RTT) – Substance Abuse Awareness

Annual Grant Program

Care Ring
$75,000, Mobile Health Screening and Intervention to Reduce Substance Use Disorder

The C. W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc.
$75,000, Community Behavioral Health & Wellness Program

Center for Prevention Services
$75,000, Mi Vida Quince

Dilworth Center
$24,503, Outdoor Experiential Therapy Program

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation
$75,000, Behavioral Health Inpatient Peer Support Specialist Services

Safe Alliance
$40,000, Domestic Violence Shelter Family Resiliency Program

Charlotte Rescue Mission
$40,000, Mental Health Services

Carolina Youth Coalition
$64,000, Turn Down for What? Exploring Risk Perceptions of Underage Alcohol Use Among Under-Resources Students in Mecklenburg County

Carolinas CARE Partnership
$58,200, The After-Hours Project

Renewal Grant Program

$40,000, Evening and Weekend Project: Increasing Access to Empowerment for Women & Families Overcoming Addiction, Trauma and Injustice, Bridging the Gap from Pain to Purpose Through Impactful Connections, Inspired Creations and Economic Confidence.

Care Ring
$40,000, ACT to Prevent Substance Abuse Project

Dilworth Center
$40,000, Outcomes Measurement Project

Florence Crittenton Services, Inc.
$40,000, Whole Package Health

Hope Community Clinic
$40,000, Whole Person Care

Hope Haven, Inc.
$40,000, A Path to Hope and Healing

Mental Health America of Central Carolinas
$38,000, Preventing Crises and Suicides Through Mental Health Education

Roof Above
$40,000, SABER Treatment Program

Teen Health Connection, Inc.
$37,500, Underage Drinking Prevention Education Programs

Helpful Community Resources

Is Alcohol or Substance Abuse a Problem?

Services are available in our area if you feel you need help with any type of substance; including alcohol. If you contact any 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.