COVID-19 Resources   

COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund is a partnership comprising Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, corporations, houses of faith and others. The Fund’s goal is to help those individuals and families in Mecklenburg County most impacted by the pandemic, with a special emphasis on providing for the basic human needs of our community’s most vulnerable residents. The Fund will issue grants to eligible nonprofits able to meet existing needs. 


The Fund complements government interventions and investments and expands the local community’s capacity to address the outbreak’s social, health and economic impacts, with a special focus on populations disproportionately affected by the outbreak. Funding is restricted to Mecklenburg County organizations offering programming and services for residents, with preference given to organizations providing safety net services such as housing/shelter, food, and emergency financial assistance, including rent and utility assistance. Typical grants will range from $25,000 - $75,000, but final award amounts are at the discretion of the grant committee.


In addition, for this round of grants, strong preference/emphasis will be given to organizations that are:

- Grassroots and/or neighborhood-based with budgets under $1M

- Serving immigrant populations

- Providing financial assistance that is not covered by the American Rescue Plan


The Fund is jointly administered by Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas.


Deadline for applications is Monday, June 7, 2021, at 5pm.


Please direct any questions to helpcharmeck@uwcentralcarolinas.org.

Eligibility Guidelines

Please review the Grants FAQ and email helpcharmeck@uwcentralcarolinas.org if you have additional questions.


Organizations must have the ability to track and report on utilization and outcome data

501 (c) 3 organizations providing assistance to individuals & families through education, health & mental health, food security, workforce development, shelter, financial security or other related services.  

Funding is restricted to Mecklenburg County organizations offering programming and services for residents.

Organizations must have a demonstrated ability to deploy resources quickly, effectively, and to scale their efforts 

Faith organizations may apply for funding, but only if the project for which funding is requested seeks to address the stated purposes of the fund without regard to a particular religious belief. Additionally, the program must be open to participants without regard to religious affiliation or requirements.


While the Fund is open to any nonprofit that meets the eligibility criteria outlined above, the Grants Committee may prioritize grants that respond to the most emergent needs. In the May 2021 cycle, preference will be given to organizations providing safety net services such as housing/shelter, food, and emergency financial assistance, including rent and utility assistance.

How to Apply

Please direct all questions to helpcharmeck@uwcentralcarolinas.org.