City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Boost COVID-19 Response Fund Efforts


Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, $4 million in funds are now available in grants to support critical nonprofit organizations in Mecklenburg County through the COVID-19 Response Fund.


Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte each committed $2 million of CARES Act funds to support the COVID-19 Response Fund, which is administered through a partnership between Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas in close coordination with Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte.


The combined $4 million will be awarded through a competitive grant application process to nonprofit organizations in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that are experiencing revenue losses or increases in expenses as a direct result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


The application opens at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 and closes at noon on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Organizations whose grant requests are approved will be notified by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.


The funding expands the capacity of the local community to respond to the social, health and economic conditions resulting from the coronavirus, helping organizations to remain financially solvent and continue to support individuals and families in need throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.


To apply for CARES Act funds, specific eligibility criteria and areas of focus must be met by organizations. Funding areas include:


  • 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


For complete application guidelines and information, visit