CARES Act Funding 

With federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding made available from Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte, United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas will distribute a total of $4 million in grants to critical nonprofit organizations who have experienced revenue losses or expense increases as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The funding expands the local community’s capacity to address the social, health and economic impacts of coronavirus, allowing organizations to remain financially solvent and continue to support individuals and families in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Download report for more information.


Requested funding may only be used for expenses eligible under the federal CARES Act that have been or will be incurred between March 20, 2020 and December 30, 2020 and that are not already covered by other public or private funding sources.


Organizations receiving funding must submit the required financial documentation to substantiate each expenditure made by 

November 30, 2020 until December 4, 2020. Expenditures made between December 1 to December 30, 2020 must be substantiated by January 4, 2021.


Funding has been allocated to 39 Mecklenburg County nonprofits. Click the button below to learn more. 

Please direct any questions to charmeckcares@uwcentralcarolinas.org.

Eligibility Guidelines

Organizations must also have the ability to document unexpected program expenses related to:

  • Increased incremental operational expenses in response to COVID-19.
  • Reductions in planned net revenues due to cancellations of revenue generating activities.

Before applying, please review all information about

Eligible Expenses and Funding Areas.


Organizations that provide direct services

or community facing activities.

Organizations that maintain an operating budget equal to or greater than $50,000.

501 (c) 3 organizations established on or before January 1, 2017.

Organizations based in and providing services to City of Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County residents.

Funding Areas

Funding is available to organizations working in the following areas:

City of Charlotte

  • Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • Environment
  • Housing and Neighborhood Development
  • Safety and Security

Mecklenburg County

  • Civic Engagement
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Human Services

Download the full list of Eligible Funding Areas.

How to Apply

Please direct all questions to charmeckcares@uwcentralcarolinas.org.