Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program provides financial program support to area nonprofit organizations that address unmet housing needs in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Launched in 2009, the program awards funds annually to area nonprofits. Applications are rated according to community impact, project feasibility, fiscal strength and Realtor® support. Funding totals may vary depending on availability of funds.

The Community Grants Program has awarded 79 non-profit organizations a total of $183,000 in its nine-year history.

Application process

Eligible organizations must submit an application with a brief narrative and supporting documentation. All applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an active Realtor® member of the Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association. Please note Habitat for Humanity organizations are not eligible for funding through this program (see Habitat Support Program for information on Habitat funding).

2017 Community Grants Program recipients

The following organizations were awarded Community Grants; all grant applications had to be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a Realtor® involved with the organization.  

Grant amounts totaled $41,500 for the 2017 fiscal year.

Beds for Kids, Inc.

  • $2,500 to purchase 250 blankets for homeless families and children.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Cullen McNulty, McNulty Realty; Ben Bowen, Ben Bowen Properties; and Caleb Troop, Dane Warren Real Estate

Carolina Comfort Coalition / Serenity House

  • $530 to purchase two therapeutic contour mattresses to improve the comfort and healthcare of their patients during their end-of-life care.
  • Realtor® Referral: Laura Marx, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty

Changed Choices

  • $2,500 to provide rental assistance for women who are newly released from incarceration to aid in their transition back into society.
  • Realtor® Referral: Jane Kusterer, Allen Tate Company

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

  • $3,000 to provide half the cost for one homeless participant to attend a 14-week culinary arts, life skills and job placement training program.
  • Realtor® Referral: Missy Banks, Allen Tate Company

Charlotte Crown Realtist Association

  • $2,700 to provide funding for the annual Get On The Bus Tour where consumers visit prospective homes as well as attend a home-buying seminar.
  • Realtor® Referral: Antonio Worsham, Equity North Carolina Real Estate

Charlotte Family Housing

  • $3,000 to provide resources to care for 12 homeless families for a period of one month each as they work toward stabilization.
  • Realtor® Referral: Dan Cottingham, Cottingham Chalk Hayes, Realtors®

Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund

  • $3,000 to provide support for a mentoring program to encourage first-generation students living in public/subsidized housing to graduate to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Realtor® Referral: Roger Parham, Allen Tate Company

Charlotte Rescue Mission

  • $2,200 to provide for heat-reflecting tint at the Dove’s Nest women’s facility, which will aid in cooling the building and reducing energy costs.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Kim Overman, Allen Tate Company

Crisis Assistance Ministry

  • $2,500 to purchase unassembled bedframes with storage kits to meet the needs of families in financial crisis.
  • Realtor® Referral: Joe Naccarato, Allen Tate Company

Gracious Hands Transitional Housing

  • $3,000 to assist 12 families transitioning out of the homes program (mostly women and children) with utilities deposits and necessities for the home/apartment.
  • Realtor® Referral: Joan Inglis, CD Realty

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte

  • $2,970 to provide bus passes for homeless men in the shelter to have transportation to jobs and job interviews.
  • Realtor® referral: Penny Teeter, Shearer Realty

My Sister’s House (Friendship Community Development Corp.)

  • $3,000 to provide 10 residents with assistance toward deposits and application fees for permanent, safe and affordable housing.
  • Realtor® Referral: Anthony Lindsey, GLOBECROSSING, LLC

QC Family Tree

  • $2,700 to support the renovation of one apartment unit in Enderly Park, which will be used to house a low-income resident at an affordable rent.
  • Realtor® referral: David Kennedy, T.R. Lawing Realty, Inc.

Safe Alliance

  • $2,500 to provide single-ride bus fares for residents of the domestic violence shelter to aid in their transition to safe, affordable housing.
  • Realtor® referral: Lynn Johnson, Savvy & Co. Real Estate

The Relatives

  • $3,000 to purchase mattresses and bedframes for homeless young adults who are exiting homelessness and seeking housing through The Relatives’ housing program.
  • Realtor® referral: Carolyn Taylor, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty

The T.R.E. Foundation

  • $2,400 to provide resources to prepare and distribute lunches for 200 homeless individuals in Charlotte for 12 months.
  • Realtor® referral: Renata Henderson Murray, Wilkinson ERA Real Estate

View a list of previous years' recipients.

The Community Grants Program is a Housing Opportunity Foundation initiative.