Since Unite Charlotte’s launch in 2016, dozens of grassroots organizations advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility have received grant funding, capacity-building training and leadership development opportunities in an effort to support their mission and work, increase their impact and grow a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of nonprofit leaders in Charlotte.

United Way’s funding, technical assistance and guidance help to stabilize and grow nonprofits, preparing them to secure additional public and private funding. The Unite Charlotte grants help ensure these grassroots nonprofits have the tools they need to be sustainable and will fill a meaningful gap in the continuum of services for the community.

Year 1

For first-year grantees, United Way pays for agency executives to earn a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University’s Center for Continuing Studies. The Duke program offers a curriculum tailored to each new funding cohort’s needs to help them understand the business of nonprofit management.

Year 2 & 3

In the second and third year, grantees receive a larger annual grant award as well as executive coaching support. This investment in leadership allows the agencies to better execute on their mission and goals, driving stronger outcomes and impact.

2025 GRANT PROCESS

View Unite Charlotte funding opportunities.

  • A Brighter Day Ministries
  • A Giving Heart Project
  • Achieving Success on Purpose, Inc.
  • Another Chance House of Refuge, Inc.
  • Barre Belle
  • BFIT Big Dreams Youth, Inc.
  • Center 360
  • Champions of Change
  • Changing Lives Outreach Center CDC
  • Charlotte Gaymers Network, Inc.
  • Cine Casual, LLC
  • Connecting the Gap
  • Deep Roots Farm Foundation
  • Despierta
  • Do Greater Foundation
  • Elizabeth House Foundation
  • Erika’s Closet
  • Evolutionary Aquatics
  • Exodus Foundation.org
  • Exposure Project Incorporated
  • Family Mankind
  • Freedom in Me Business Showers
  • Generational Wealth Educators
  • Hack & Hustle Social Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Hard Grinderz Kings Growing Kings Mentoring
  • Healing Vine Harbor
  • Hearts for the Invisible Charlotte Coalition, Inc.
  • Jennings O’Neil Career Academy and Workforce Development Program
  • Jumping Dreams DD
  • Just Do It Movement Inc.
  • Konspicuous Foundation Inc.
  • Let’s Talk About It - The Autism Center
  • Life Interventions Incorporated
  • Money Magnets Club
  • Pathways NC Inc.
  • Peoples Private Learning Center, Inc.
  • POP’s Passion
  • ProjectiGive, Inc.
  • Promise Youth Development
  • Queen City Cocoa BEANS Incorporated
  • She Built This City
  • Sojourner Truth Place
  • Step Up to Leadership
  • StriveCLT, Inc.
  • Team Trublue
  • The Agape Allen’s Foundation II
  • The Bulb Gallery
  • The Education Over Debt Foundation
  • The FACTS Initiative
  • The Frankie Mae Foundation
  • The Males Place Inc.
  • TruSolace Community Foundation
  • Urban Institute for Strengthening Families
  • Young Icons
  • Youth Style Fitness Inc.
  • A Brighter Day Ministries
  • A Giving Heart Project
  • Alluvium
  • Another Chance House of Refuge
  • Applesauce Group
  • Barre Belle
  • Beta Nu Lambda Foundation
  • Black Social Capital Initiative
  • Block Love Charlotte
  • Books With Color
  • Carolina Migrant Network
  • Center 360
  • Champions of Change
  • Children of the World Learning Center
  • Connecting the Gap
  • Despierta
  • Do Greater Foundation
  • Elizabeth House Foundation
  • EmpowHERment
  • Exodus Foundation.org
  • Exposure Project Incorporated
  • Family Mankind
  • Fathers Against Violence and Repeat-Offenders
  • For The Struggle
  • GardHouse Limited
  • Hack & Hustle Social Entrepreneurship Academy
  • Healing Vine Harbor
  • Historic West End Partners
  • Innovate Tech Charlotte
  • Jennings O’Neil Career Academy
  • Jessie’s World
  • Jumping Dreams DD
  • Just Do It Movement Inc.
  • Let’s Talk About It-The Autism Center
  • Men of Destiny
  • Money Magnets Club
  • National Black Child Development Institute-Charlotte
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Our Daily Bread Foundation
  • POP’s Passion
  • ProjectiGive, Inc.
  • Promise Youth Development
  • Psychology For All
  • Que-OS
  • S.T.A.R.S. Math & English Academy
  • She Built This City
  • Step Up to Leadership
  • Team Trublue
  • The Academy of Goal Achievers
  • The Arts Empowerment Project
  • The Bulb
  • The FACTS Initiative
  • The Frankie Mae Foundation
  • UMBA Bright Stars, Inc.
  • Urban Institute for Strengthening Families

Unite Charlotte First Year

  • Alluvium Inc.
  • Brenda H. Tapia Family Foundation
  • Do Greater Foundation, Inc.
  • EmpowHERment, Inc.
  • Exodus Foundation.org
  • Family Mankind
  • Heal Charlotte
  • Healing Vine Harbor Inc.
  • Innovate Tech Charlotte
  • Jessie’s World Inc. (DBA: Triumph Services)
  • Locked Out Love Inc.
  • Money Magnets Club
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Queen City Metropolitan Chapter
  • Our Daily Bread Foundation
  • Prodigal Son Foundation
  • Promise Youth Development, Inc.
  • Que-OS (DBA: BOOM Charlotte)
  • She Built This City
  • S.T.A.R.S. Math & English Academy
  • The 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc.
  • The Arts Empowerment Project
  • The Bulb Gallery
  • The FACTS Initiative
  • UMBA Bright Stars, Inc.
  • Urban Institute for Strengthening Families

Unite Charlotte Second Year

  • Anthony Morrow Charities
  • B.E.A.M. (Building Excellence Affirming Manhood) Foundation
  • Black Social Capital Initiative
  • Block Love Charlotte
  • Carolina Migrant Network
  • Children of the World Learning Center
  • Circle de Luz
  • For The Struggle, Inc.
  • GardHouse Limited
  • GenerationNation
  • Grooming Greatness Foundation
  • Historic West End Partners, Inc.
  • Hope Vibes, Inc.
  • Lionel Lee Jr. Center for Wellness
  • National Black Child Development Institute – Charlotte
  • Our Turn, Inc.
  • Premier Foundation of North Carolina
  • Project B.O.L.T. (Building Outstanding Lives Together)
  • The Academy of Goal Achievers, Inc.
  • Wilson Oasis

Unite Charlotte Third Year

  • ASPIRE Community Capital
  • Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance
  • Mecklenburg Council of Elders
  • North End Community Coalition
  • Profound Gentlemen
  • Refugee Support Services of the Carolinas
  • Southside Rides Foundation
  • Stiletto Boss University
  • West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition
  • West Side Community Land Trust
  • 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
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*2nd year recipient

**3rd year recipient

***4th year recipient

  • 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

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