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 $100,000,000 to nonprofit organizations in our community. Each year, eligible 501(c)(3) organizations may apply for grants by completing our grant application. If you know of a nonprofit that does innovative work in the field of substance abuse or one that could reach community members -- especially young people -- with prevention/education programming, please direct them to our grant program page for more information.

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 reducing alcohol and/or substance abuse in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community is unwavering and greatly appreciated.

The ABC Board’s current grant partners include:


The Board of Directors awarded $788,802 to the following grant partners:

Small Grant Program

Supportive Housing Communities
$10,000 for Peer Support Specialist Training for Formerly Homeless Residents

Annual Grant Program

Hope Haven, Inc
$75,000 for A Path to Hope and Healing

Florence Crittenton Services, Inc.
$60,000 for Crittenton Whole Package Health

Smith Family Wellness Center
$60,000 for Whole Person Health and Wellness

The Relatives
$52,000 for Guiding Youth and Young Adults in Crisis to Safety, Stability, and Independence

Thompson Child & Family Focus
$65,000 for Thompson Outpatient Services Dually Licensed Clinician

Renewal Grant Program

Care Ring
$47,860 for ACT to Prevent Substance Abuse Project

Charlotte Rescue Mission
$50,000 for Addiction Recovery Program
$25,000 for Community Matters Cafe Life-Skills Training Program

Dilworth Center
$25,000 for Enhanced Family Program
$50,000 for Outcomes Measurement Project

Fashion & Compassion
$40,000 for Dilworth Jewelry Project Community

Mental Health America of Central Carolinas
$40,876 for Equipping Community Members with Life-saving Tools

Roof Above
$50,000 for SABER Treatment Program

Safe Alliance
$50,000 for Domestic Violence Shelter Recovery Program

Teen Health Connection
$38,066 for Underage Drinking Prevention Education Programs

 The C. W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc.
$50,000 for Increasing Access to Integrated Behavioral Health Services for Underserved Populations in Mecklenburg County

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.