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 63 non-profit organizations a total of $141,500 in its eight-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).

Download the 2017 Community Grants program application

2016 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 $31,500 for the 2016 fiscal year.

Angels and Sparrows

  • $3,000 to purchase food to feed those in the community without homes who face hunger on a daily basis.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Andrea Montague, Allen Tate and Danae Caulfield, Allen Tate

Beds for Kids, Inc.

  • $2,500 to purchase 250 blankets for homeless families and children.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Cullen McNulty, Keller Williams, Shannon Hildreth, Giving Tree Realty, Sarah Salton, HM Properties and Jennifer Wetzel, RE/MAX Executive Realty

Charlotte Rescue Mission

  • $3,000 to undertake a shower renovation to support the homeless men at the Rebound Campus.
  • Realtor® Referral:  Bessie Tate, Allen Tate

Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte

  • $3,000 to provide translation and interpretation services for refugee families seeking to establish a credit history and/or purchase a home.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Lisa Blanton, Cottingham Chalk Hayes and Logan Smith, Prostead

Kids First of the Carolinas

  • $3,000 to provide clothes, school supplies, food, bedding and towels for children in need.  
  • Realtor® Referral: Logan Smith, Prostead

Hope Haven

  • $3,000 to support age-appropriate therapeutic groups for children of chemically-addicted individuals ages 0-5.
  • Realtor® Referral: Bessie Tate, Allen Tate

Matthews Help Center

  • $3,000 to provide financial-crisis assistance to six families at a cost of $500 per client.
  • Realtor® Referral: Cat Stamper, Allen Tate

RunningWorks

  • $2,600 to be used to assist with transportation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  • Realtor® Referral: Sherry George, Dickens Mitchener

Supportive Housing Communities

  • $3,000 to purchase 20 new mattresses for use by formerly homeless people moving into scattered-site housing and to replace mattresses at McCreesh Place.
  • Realtor® Referrals: Robert Dulin, Keller Williams South Park and Natalie Terry, Terry Realty

The T.R.E. Foundation

  • $400 to prepare and distribute lunches for 200 homeless individuals in uptown Charlotte for two months. 
  • Realtor® Referral: Renata Henderson Murray, Wilkinson ERA Real Estate

Time Out Youth

  • $2,500 to provide transition housing and case management for ten LGBTQ homeless youth.
  • Realtor® Referral: David Deal, Allen Tate

Urban Ministry Center

  • $2,500 to purchase cleaning supplies for tenants in the HousingWorks program.
  • Realtor® Referral: Josie Mazzaferro, Fetch Realty

View a list of previous years' recipients.

The Community Grants Program is a Housing Opportunity Foundation initiative.