The Safety & Accountability for Everyone (SAFE) Charlotte Funding

In October 2020, Charlotte City Council adopted the Safety and Accountability for Everyone (SAFE) Charlotte plan, which included recommendations to re-imagine policing and make our city safer. The first recommendation in that report was to provide $1,000,000 to community organizations to address violent crime in our neighborhoods. Creating and sustaining a city where all residents feel safe requires collaboration, innovation and community involvement.

With funding from the City of Charlotte, United Way of Central Carolinas will distribute grants of $50,000 to 20 community organizations to implement initiatives and programs that support safe neighborhoods in Charlotte. The funding is intended to provide increased public assistance to help smaller organizations grow their capacity and effectively track outcomes. The Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds the majority of the SAFE Charlotte grant program.

Requested funding may only be used for eligible expenses that have been or will be incurred between May 2021 and April 2022. Applications for funding will only be accepted via the online application located below.  

Applications are due March 31, 2021 by 5 p.m. Organizations receiving grant awards will be notified no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Watch Our Informational Webinars

Organizations that are interested in applying for SAFE Charlotte funding are encouraged to watch the following webinars hosted by United Way of Central Carolinas, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and City of Charlotte.



This webinar provides an overview of the SAFE Charlotte grant process, data and evaluation requirements, and a review of eligible expenses and the financial documentation that will be used to determine reimbursements.

This webinar provides an overview of the application questions and required documentation.

Access Passcode: SAFE2021!

Access Passcode: 4cr=@ECZ 

Eligibility Guidelines

Funding is available to organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Organizations with 501(c)3 status, or registered religious organizations.
  • Providing services within the City of Charlotte. 
  • Budget of at least $10,000 for each of the last three completed calendar or fiscal years OR have a budget of at least $50,000 in the most recently completed calendar or fiscal year AND a budget of no greater than $150,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Received or applied for a Charitable Solicitation License from the North Carolina Secretary of State. If an agency is awarded funding, United Way cannot release any funds until the agency has received its Charitable Solicitation License.
  • Registered with, demonstrating eligibility to receive federal funds. If any agency is awarded funding, United Way cannot release any funds until the agency’s information is visible in

Before applying, please review all information about Eligibility Guidelines, Eligible Expenses and Funding Areas.

Funding Areas

Funding is available to organizations working in the following areas:

  • Youth services for youth ages 13-19.
  • Employment training for youth and adults (e.g. interview/resume building workshops).
  • Services for children under 13 and their adult caregivers.
  • Supportive services for child and adult victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.

Important Documents

Supplemental resources for the SAFE Charlotte Grant include documents that will inform the grant process and will help organizations understand what data collection will be required of them if awarded a grant. Organizations may find it helpful to review them prior to applying.    

Preview Application

SAFE Charlotte Overview PowerPoint

Evaluation Framework PowerPoint 

2020 Area Median Family Income Document for Housing & Neighborhood Services

Self-Certification of Annual Income by Beneficiary Document

How to Request a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Number System (DUNS Number) 

Release of Information Document