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Unite Charlotte

New and grassroots organizations focused on improving racial equity and increasing social capital.

Originally launched in response to the civic unrest that erupted in Charlotte in the fall of 2016, Unite Charlotte provides not only funding, but also capacity-building initiatives, to local grassroots organizations advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility.

By the end of 2021, Unite Charlotte will have awarded $2.2 million in funding to dozens of organizations. In addition, leaders of these agencies receive, tuition-free, an opportunity to earn Duke University’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management, helping bolster their sustainability and community impact.

After the first year of funding, organizations can apply to receive larger grants and executive leadership training in subsequent years, thereby allowing Unite Charlotte to build a diverse, inclusive leadership pipeline for the Charlotte area’s nonprofit sector.

2022 Unite Charlotte Grants

United Way is opening its 2022 grant cycle for Unite Charlotte on August 2, 2021. This cycle will make one-year grant awards averaging $25,000 to 25 organizations with budgets under $250,000. However, grant awards may fluctuate based on funding availability and decisions made by the grant-making committee.

Funding will be prioritized for Black- and Brown-led organizations with a demonstrated commitment to serving historically marginalized groups. Unite Charlotte also invests in capacity-building trainings for nonprofits to strengthen program quality and foster organizational growth.

Information Sessions

Agencies interested in receiving funding through Unite Charlotte are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions about the 2022 Unite Charlotte funding priorities and process.


Registration is required for the sessions.


Information Session on June 15, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Register Here

Information Session on June 30, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Register Here

Unite Charlotte Partners

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2021 Unite Charlotte Recipients

2021 Unite Charlotte Recipients

  • Academy of Goal Achievers
  • Anthony Morrow Charities
  • Aspire Community Capital**
  • B.E.A.M. Foundation
  • Be More Foundation
  • Black Social Capital Initiative (The Lee Institute)
  • Block Love Charlotte
  • Carolina Migrant Network
  • Children of the World Learning Center
  • Circle de Luz
  • Cops and Barbers, Inc**
  • E2D- Eliminate the Digital Divide**
  • For the Struggle
  • GardHouse Limited
  • GenerationNation
  • Grooming Greatness Foundation
  • Historic West End Partners
  • Hope Vibes
  • Immigrant Impact Fund
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance**
  • Lionel Lee Jr. Center for Wellness
  • Mecklenburg Council of Elders**
  • National Black Child Development Institute (Charlotte)
  • North End Community Coalition***
  • Our Turn
  • Premier Foundation of North Carolina
  • Profound Gentlemen***
  • Project B.O.L.T.
  • Project One Scholarship Fund
  • Refugee Support Services***
  • Southside Rides***
  • West Side Community Land Trust***
  • Wilson Oasis

  • *2nd year recipient

    **3rd year recipient

    ***4th year recipient

2019 Unite Charlotte Recipients

2019 Unite Charlotte Recipients


  • Aspire Community Capital*
  • Camino Community Center**
  • Cops and Barbers, Inc*
  • E2D*
  • Mecklenburg Council of Elders*
  • Profound Gentleman**
  • Race Matters for Juvenile Justice**
  • Refugee Support Services**
  • Southside Rides**
  • Soy Latino Como Tu**
  • Stiletto Boss University*
  • The Light Factory*
  • West Side Community Land Trust**
  • Young Black Leadership Alliance*

*2nd year recipient


**3rd year recipient

2018 Unite Charlotte Recipients

2017 Unite Charlotte Recipients

Reducing Disparities in Access to Mental Health Care

Unite Charlotte partners Anthony Morrow Charities and Wilson Oasis eliminate barriers to mental health care access in minority populations.

Cultivating Our Community’s Youngest Leaders

Unite Charlotte partners The Academy of Goal Achievers and Building Excellence Affirming Manhood (B.E.A.M.) Foundation educate, mentor and strengthen young minds.

Keeping Neighbors Connected Through North End Community Coalition

North End Community Coalition advocates for equitable communities in Charlotte by amplifying voices and connecting neighbors to opportunities.

Supporting Innovation at Cops and Barbers Inc.

Cops and Barbers Inc. provides opportunities to foster dialogue and improve police-community relations for equitable community growth across Charlotte.

Eliminating the Digital Divide

Motivated by his young daughter’s concern about fellow students struggling to complete assignments because they lacked access to a computer and internet connectivity in their homes, Pat Millen sought a solution to bridge the digital divide in area schools.

Guiding Future Young Professionals

After working hard to become a successful philanthropist and entrepreneur, Jania Massey sought a way to fill the void she saw with social capital and opportunity for girls of color in Charlotte.

Adapting to a New Home

With nearly 17,000 refugees resettling in Charlotte over the past 20 years, Rachel Humphries saw a need for helping these newly-arrived residents successfully adapt to their new home.

Positioning Entrepreneurs for Success

Frustrated by a lack of public programming in Charlotte inclusive of black tech professionals and startups, Sherrell Dorsey sought a way to boost opportunities in the city for entrepreneurs of color.

Growing Teachers Into Leaders

Jason Terrell and Mario Shaw started Profound Gentlemen, a nonprofit focused on building a community of male educators of color – from pre-K through high school – who can provide a profound impact on boys and young men of color.

Creating New Opportunities

Dave Moore understands that young men getting out of jail most often won’t be able to secure a job quickly, because he’s an ex-felon himself; the idea for Southside Rides came to him while serving a sentence for dealing drugs.

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