Community-led and community-based model to create sustained neighborhood change.
United Neighborhoods launched in 2017 in Charlotte’s Renaissance West and Grier Heights neighborhoods. Working with a lead partner agency—a “Community Quarterback”—in each community, United Way funds and guides the work toward achieving its collective goal of building a thriving neighborhood in which families want to live.
Transformation and revitalization efforts are driven through community-specific strategies backed by multi-year funding and staff resources from United Way. Needs are identified by residents and addressed by a coalition of community stakeholders that includes residents, schools, nonprofits, government officials, places of worship, hospitals and businesses.
United Neighborhoods expands with the addition of six “Block Building Grants”.
These grants support neighborhoods in the early stages of comprehensive revitalization.
Grants will build the capacity of “community quarterback” organizations, fund community engagement activities and complete resident-driven neighborhood planning to identify needs and solutions.
The 2022 United Neighborhoods funding cycle will be January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022. Total funding available to each neighborhood for the 2022 funding cycle is $250,000. Funding may go toward multiple agencies or a single, highly collaborative initiative.
Along with addressing priorities identified by residents and community stakeholders, funding through United Neighborhoods is prioritized for agencies offering evidence-based and research-informed services, or services rooted in the lived-expertise of those served, using a two-generational approach and advancing a racial equity framework.
United Way strongly encouraged agencies interested in receiving a United Neighborhoods Community Grant for work in the Renaissance West and/or Grier Heights communities to attend virtual information sessions. Although the sessions have ended, you can watch the webinar here.
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The Letter of Interest submissions are now closed. United Way’s Community Impact team will notify each applicant agency if it has advanced to the next stage of the application process by the end of July.
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Grier Heights is changing as nonprofits, residents and other stakeholders work together to improve the neighborhood’s quality of life.
Charlotte’s Renaissance neighborhood is undergoing revitalization into a mixed-income community where families have a greater chance for success.
United Neighborhoods launched in 2017 with a $2.4 million commitment over three years into the Renaissance and Grier Heights neighborhoods in Charlotte.