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Our 2017 Grant Finalists



As we crossed the $5 million mark in grant giving this year, we had ten worthy nonprofit finalists vying for grants in 2017. Full details on each organization and their projects went out on April 3, and voting ended on April 18.  Those organizations receiving grants were announced at the Annual Meeting on May 9. For a deep dive into the work and findings of our incredible Grants Teams, you can read more HERE.

Arts & Culture Finalists:

  • ourBridge for Kids –  To launch a special arts curriculum (in partnership with LilySarahGrace fund) for afterschool and summer programs serving immigrant and refugee children – ourBRIDGE for KID’s mission is to empower refugee & immigrant children and their families through education & cultural awareness. With aims to close the communication gap between school, teachers & families through the coordination of home visits, translation of school documents, and the organization of literacy nights and cultural events for parents.
  • Goodyear ArtsTo sustain existing residency and multi-arts events program that allows local artists and Charlotte residents a space and forum for creation and interaction with the arts – Goodyear Arts Goodyear Arts is a residency and multi-arts events program designed to help meet emerging local artists’ needs. Utilizing donated underused and empty urban spaces, the program establishes paid studio residencies for local artists across a wide range of disciplines, and hosts free, public multi-arts events to showcase their work.

Education Finalists:

  • Wings for KidsTo expand the Wings Soars program that teaches elementary children how to behave well, make smart decisions, and build healthy relationships – WINGS for Kids supports K-5 students by providing daily after-school mentoring and instruction on the 5 core competencies of Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making and healthy relationships. Effective social-emotional education can strengthen school attachment and reduce bad behavior.
  • Heart Math Tutoring To expand math intervention program for below grade elementary students to six additional sites – Founded in 2010, Heart is a math intervention program that helps struggling elementary students build foundational math skills and enthusiasm for academics. Students in grades 1-5 who are 2-3 years behind in math are nominated by their teachers to receive 1:1 individualized, structured tutoring for 30 minutes, 2 times per week during the school day

Environment Finalists:

  • Catawba Riverkeeper To add staff that would allow the Riverkeeper to double its capacity to protect our waterways – The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a non-profit citizens group formed and committed to protecting one of North and South Carolina’s most precious resources, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. Its mission is to educate and advocate to protect the Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them. In 2008, American Rivers named the Catawba-Wateree River as the most endangered river in the US while the Catawba River was named as the 5th most endangered US river in 2013.
  • WFAE – To enhance current environmental coverage and reporting through the support of additional dedicated reporting staff – WFAE is the flagship NPR news/talk station in the region. Recognizing that the health of our environment directly influences the health of our citizenry as well as the socio-economic health of the region, WFAE features environmental news coverage with increased focus on stories that directly impact the quality of life in the region — from coal ash pits and water quality to air quality and alternative energy, etc.

Health Finalists:

  • Camino Community CenterTo expand program to increase access to mental health services and education for Latina women  The Camino Community Center’s Bethesda Health Clinic is the primary source of healthcare and health education to Mecklenburg County’s uninsured Hispanic/Latino population serving 3,500 patients. Specifically the Center’s “You Are Not Alone” Mental Health Clinic provides focused, culturally and linguistically competent mental health services to Latinos and particularly to Latina immigrant women. UNC-Charlotte mental health students provide the services to patients under the supervision of licensed clinical faculty.
  • Matthews Free Medical ClinicTo expand a free screening and patient care program  MFMC provides free, quality healthcare to uninsured, low-income Mecklenburg and Union County residents. In the Spring of 2003, studies determined that more than 24,000 individuals were uninsured in the Matthews area and in need of medical care. That’s when a church parish nurse gathered a group of diverse volunteers to pursue a dream of starting a free health clinic in the Matthews area. MFMC primarily relies on volunteers to carry out its mission to provide acute and chronic primary care, women’s clinics, psychiatry clinics, orthopedic clinics and pharmacy clinics.

Human Services Finalists:

  • Supportive Housing Communities, Inc. – To provide additional housing and support services for formerly homeless families With a mission of providing affordable housing to alleviate homelessness and human suffering, SHC provides permanent supportive housing for men, women and families, especially veterans and those with mental illness, substance abuse and medical or other disabling conditions. SHC uses the Housing First model, an approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing as quickly as possible followed by voluntary supportive services as needed. SHC has a 98% success rate of residents remaining housed after 1 year.
  • Ada Jenkins Center To expand LEARN Works program, a multi-generational approach to family education by providing opportunities for parents to acquire family-supporting jobs  Ada Jenkins is a community-driven, grass roots organization at the site of the former Davidson Colored School whose mission is to empower people to break the cycle of poverty through the integration of health, education and human services. The Center’s “2Gen” approach is the heart of Ada Jenkins’ programming and intentionally coordinates services for multiple generations within one family and works to identify areas (i.e. employment, food and clothing, housing) in which they need support.

For a deep dive into the work and findings of our incredible Grants Teams, you can read more HERE.