Healthy Charlotte Alliance’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all people of Mecklenburg County by funding health initiatives and providing education programs. Since 1982, when we established our non-profit 501(c)(3), we have granted over $1,750,000 to projects that improve the health and quality of life of the people in our community. Grant Applications for 2019 can be submitted beginning November 1, 2018. Application deadline is February 15, 2019. Guidelines and Rules are quite different from past years and these updates are posted once you click on the link Apply for A Community Health Grant. Grantees will be notified by early April and awards are made in May 2019 at our annual meeting.
Hear from our grant recipients:
Year Grantee Description Amount 2018 Care Ring, Inc The Physicians Reach Out Program provides free healthcare to patients who lack health insurance and the ability to pay for care. Physicians Reach Out recruits volunteer physicians and other providers to consult with qualifying patients for without charge in their own offices. Our grant will enable many of our most vulnerable residents to access healthcare. 7,500 2018 Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc. An innovative collaboration with Charlotte Housing Authority will place a nurse practitioner, medical assistant, front desk staff and Licensed Clinical Social Worker directly in the Strawn Apartments located in the heart of South End. Our grant in support of onsite medical care will directly address transportation barriers that exist for so many in our community. 10,000 2018 Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council Food insecurity is a challenge that faces citizens throughout the county, but especially in areas known as “food deserts.” Our grant for Food Policy Advocacy Training in September 2018 will convene 100 nonprofit and community leaders to address food insecurity and improved access to safe, healthy and affordable food for citizens of Charlotte Mecklenburg. 3,000 2018 Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation – Memory Center Charlotte Memory Center Charlotte is a unique medical clinic providing compassionate patient care for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias along with support for family members. Our grant supports the Memory Center Scholarship program, which covers the annual fee for eligible caregivers. 3,000 2018 Dilworth Center for Chemical Dependency Through their Intensive Outpatient Treatment programs for Adolescents, Dilworth Center serves young people and their families facing chemical dependency issues. Our grant funds a Counselor for Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment programs 5,000 2018 Families Managing Media For more than 5 years, this organization has focused on the connection between brain development and electronic media use in children. Our grant supports Kids and Brains Seminars and Solutions Workshops. They are designed to help educate, empower and support parents to confidently develop a balanced digital media lifestyle for their children. 2,000 2018 Hospitality House of Charlotte Established over 31 years ago, Hospitality House provides lodging for families in medical crisis. Guests are charged $45 per night, which is a partial operational cost. Our grant will fund the guest assistance program for those families who cannot afford the fee. 3,000 2018 Let Me Run Founded in 2009 by a Charlotte resident, this is a character building and running program for 4th - 8th grade boys. Over 1600 boys and 300 volunteer coaches participate annually. In addition to running, lessons include expressing emotion, valuing others, bullying, managing anger and sadness, honesty along with many others. With an increased need for scholarships to attend, our grant will fund about 25 boys. 2,500 2018 NC MedAssist In 2017, MedAssist provided free prescription medication to over 3600 Mecklenburg County residents. To improve patient outcomes and better communicate with patients, they created a new position entitled Patient Compliance Advocate. The advocate serves as a liaison between the patient and pharmacist to help patients better understand their medications, and how to refill prescriptions and re-enroll each year. Our grant will supplement the salary for a Patient Compliance Advocate. 10,000 2018 The Relatives Inc NeighborCare was created to provide a safe option for minor children of socially fragile and homeless patients who require inpatient hospitalization and have no safe alternative care for their children. The Relatives serves as the lead agency in this community collaborative and prevents children from being taken into custody by the Department of Social Services. Our grant in support of NeighborCare improves health and emotional outcomes for parents and their children and keeps families intact. 10,000 2018 Shelter Health Services, Inc. Homeless women and children living in the Salvation Army Center for Hope receive free health services through this clinic. Rates of mental illness among people who are homeless and living in shelters is twice the rate found in our general population. Our grant will increase access to both medical and mental health services by linking them rather than treating them as separate services. 10,000 2018 Teen Health Connection For 26 years, Teen Health Connection has been improving the health of adolescents in our community. Our grant supports “The Big Picture,” an engaging and dynamic theatrical production written and performed by adolescents, for adolescents. The multi-media musical addresses the most critical and relevant challenges faced by our community’s youth encouraging positive behavioral and health choices. 3,000 2017 Autism Society of NC The Autism Society of NC works to inform and educate the community about issues affecting individuals on the autism spectrum. This grant will provide scholarships to Mecklenburg County residents to attend ASNC's summer camp program at Camp Royall. 2,500 2017 Camp Blue Skies Foundation Camp Blue Skies is one of a few programs that provides an overnight recreational, outdoor experience for adults with developmental disabilities. Funds will underwrite Nurses Care for Camp, which provides extra nursing care at camp sessions. 3,000 2017 Charlotte Community Health Clinic Grant will support the Dental Care Program for the Uninsured at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus. With a high correlation between poor dental health and poor general health, this program's goal is to impact those with chronic health issues. 10,000 2017 Charlotte Neuroscience Foundation- Memory Center Charlotte Memory Center Charlotte provides a compassionate patient care for those with Alzheimer's and related dementias. Support for family members is an integral part of the Center's approach to treatment. Funding will provide scholarships for caregiver training and support. 5,000 2017 Dilworth Center Through its intensive outpatient treatment programs, Dilworth Center serves young people facing chemical dependency issues and provides support for their families. Grant will be applied toward funding a treatment counselor for adolescents. 5,000 2017 Friendship Trays Providing meals to over 1500 clients, Friendship Trays are delivered daily to individuals who are unable because of age or infirmity to obtain or prepare their own meals. This grant will go towards subsidizing Friendship Trays for clients unable to pay for thier meals. 8,000 2017 Hospitality House of Charlotte Established over 31 years ago, Hospitality House provides lodging for families in medical crisis. This grant will purchase a new industrial sized refrigerator, that can safely store enough food to accommodate up to 80 overnight guests. 4,000 2017 Lions Services Inc. Serving over 4,000 patients each year, the Lions Eye Clinic is the only cost free option for eye healthcare for the underprivileged in Mecklenburg County. This grant will help provide upgraded equipment to replace outdated donated equipment. 5,000 2017 NC Med Assist Of the 60,000 uninsured Mecklenburg County residents, 50% take daily medication for chronic illness. Med Assist provides free needed prescription medication for chronic illness. Funds will help purchase lifesaving medications for Mecklenburg county clients. 5,000 2017 Novant Health Foundation-Bee Mighty Fund The Bee Might Fund supports the critical needs of premature babies by providing therapy and medical equipment. Established by parents who understood the newborn care challenges facing families with limited resources, the fund helps with expenses not covered by insurance. 3,000 2017 Shelter Health Services Shelter Health Services provides free medical/mental health services for homeless women and children. MMAE's grant will increase access to services and the expanding needs of those living in the Salvation Army Center for Hope and Safe Alliance Shelter. 10,000 2017 Supportive Housing Communities Recovery support and education are provided for formerly homeless people with a history of substance abuse. This grant will help prevent relapse and sustain recovery efforts for residents of McCreesh Place and other scattered site support communities. 10,000 2017 Teen Health Connection Celebrating 25 years of improving the health of adolescents in our community, these funds will support, "The Big Picture," a theatrical production and performed by adolescents for adolescents. Performaces address the most critical and relevant challenges faced by our community's youth. 3,500 2016 Assistance League of Charlotte Supports "Operation School Bell" which provides new clothing and hygiene kits to disadvantaged children in CMS schools. 5,000 2016 Care Ring Funds "Healthcare for Diverse Populations", a holistic chronic disease program to address the high demand for cardiovascular preventive care & the management of hypertension & metabolic disease in our Hispanic, Latino and African American communities. 5,000 2016 Camp CARE, Inc Summer camp for five children fighting cancer. 3,000 2016 Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region Funds "Positive Approach to Care", a training program providing deeper understanding of dementia and dementia related behaviors. 6,000 2016 Hospitality House of Charlotte Renovation of kitchen facilities that serve the 80 guest staying in the house each night and the hundreds of volunteers who help prepare meals for the guests. This includes new counter tops and sinks that are durable and easily sanitized. 7,000 2016 NC Med Assist Supplements the purchase of a pharmacy robot for the "Free Pharmacy Program". Pharmacy staff will be able to increase capacity by 300% and climate human error by counting medications and labeling prescription bottles. 13,500 2016 Safe Alliance Funds the "Domestic Violence Shelter Clinic", which provides free health care services for children and adults. 5,000 2016 Shining Hope Farms Purchase a lift system to help patients safely on and off horses for the "Hipppotherapy Program" for children with disabilities. 7,500 2016 Teen Health Connection Transportation for CMS high school students to attend "The Big Picture", an engaging and dynamic theatrical production written and performed by adolescents, for adolescents, that addresses the most critical and revelant challenges faced by our youth. 6,000 2016 The Epiphany School Provides therapeutic tools in classrooms to create more positive learning for students who struggle with sensory processing issues. 1,000 2016 The Relatives Funds "Neighbor Care", a safe option for minor children while parents are hospitalized, preventing the need for foster care. In the first 3 years of this program, over 425 children have been kept out of foster care. 10,000 2015 Alexander Youth Network Weighted blankets which comfort children with severe mental and behavioral health challenges. 2,500 2015 Center for Prevention Services Health education materials in Spanish and the translation of existing, agency-owned substance abuse preventions cirriculum into Spanish. 10,000 2015 NC MedAssist Funding for an Over-The-Counter Give Away Day which provides Tylenol, Motrin, Band-Aids, etc. to those in need. 7,500 2015 Care Ring Comprehensive healthcare services including primary and specialty care, diagnostics,labs, surgery and hostpital care to the uninsured. 7,500 2015 Charlotte Community Health Clinic On-site counselors for additional behavioral health encounters with adults and children from The Men’s Shelter and Urban Ministries. 7,500 2015 Teen Health Connection Transportation for high school students from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to attend “The Big Picture,” a production that highlights issues impacting students today with a positive message. 5,000 2015 Supportive Housing Communities Decent, affordable, permanent housing for men, women, and families with disabilities. 7,500 2015 Shelter Health Services Pre-diabetic screening for women at Salvation Army Center of Hope Shelter. Those diagnosed as pre-diabetic will be put on a program to attempt to prevent diabetes. 7,500 2015 Allegro Foundation Eight programs which combine movement instruction with medical and educational expertise to teach and enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. 5,000 2015 Camp CARE Summer camp for five children fighting cancer. 2015 A Child's Place Through student support teams; provide medical, dental, vision, mental health and well-being referrals to children experiencing homelessness. 3,000 2015 HeartBright Foundation Expansion of chronic care clinic from seven to about 80 referrals a week. Patients treated include those with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension who are uninsured or under-insured 5,000 2015 Hospitality House of Charlotte Renovation of one guest room including purchase of a television and new furniture. 5,000 2015 Florence Crittenton Maternity and vocational education to residents: 5,000 2014 A Child's Place Medical support care (school physicals, immunizations, dental care) for homeless children 5,000 2014 Beds for Kids Purchase of 20 Sealy twin mattresses for children 2,000 2014 Camp Care Summer camp experience for children who have or have had cancer and one sibling 6,000 2014 Care Ring Funds in support of Physicians Reach Out - provides medical and dental care for low income and unisured 10,000 2014 Charlotte Community Health Clinic Funds to support management of chronic disease in unisured post-hospital patients 11,500 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council Supporting the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Program 3,300 2014 Florence Crittenton Services Support of Maternity Program 2,700 2014 NC MedAssist To purchase generic equivalent medications 7,500 2014 Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center Funding for "Crisis Prevention and Interention for Sexually Abused Children" in Mecklenburg County 5,000 2014 Samaritan House Provides short term recuperative care to homeless men and women after a hospital or emergency room stay 10,000 2014 Supportive Housing Communities Health education for residents transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing 10,000 2014 Thompson Child and Family Focus Funds for onsite therapeutic support for children with special needs 8,000 2014 Juvenile Diabetes In honor of Cannon Award winner Roslyn Greenspon 1,000 2013 Alexander Youth Network Purchased two refrigerators for nursing department for organization which provides psychiatric care for childen of abuse, neglect or other trauma 1,000 2013 Camp Care Summer camp experience for children who have or have had cancer and one sibling 4,500 2013 Care Ring Funds in support of Physicians Reach Out - provides medical and dental care for low income and unisured 12,500 2013 Charlotte Community Health Clinic Funds to support management of chronic disease for unisured minorities 12,500 2013 First Presbyterian Church Funds to support Bell (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Summer Camp which serves under-resourced 1st-4th graders at Westerly Hills Elementary 2,400 2013 Florence Crittenton Services Support of Maternity Program 2,000 2013 Health Guidance Fund professional speakers, mentors and training materials for volunteers of this organization which provides support for those newly diagnosed with cancer 3,250 2013 Let Me Run For the operation of the Let Me Run Program in Montclaire and Westerly Hills Schools. Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running 2,800 2013 NC MedAssist For Medication Mail-Out program which ships medications to low income and unisured residents of Mecklenburg County 7,500 2013 Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center Funding for "Crisis Prevention and Interention for Sexually Abused Children" in Mecklenburg County 2,500 2013 Thompson Child Development Center Grant will help provide on-site speech and language therapy, physical therapy, early intervention, and occupation therapies for children with special needs 4,000 2012 Charlotte Community Health Clinic Pediatric wellness program focusing on weight reduction, nutrition, exercise and counseling for low income and uninsured 10,000 2012 Charlotte Meckenburg Food Policy Council For creation of a food experts panel to identify top 5 issues affecting the local food systems 5,000 2012 Florence Crittetdon Services Support of Maternity Program 2,500 2012 Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte To purchase 2 Patient Controlled Analgesia Infusion Pumps for Hospice Care Center at Southminster 2,500 2012 Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office To provide 3 Automatic External Defibrillators for deputy patrol cars via the Lucky Hearts/Medic program 3,900 2012 MedAssist of Mecklenburg School Health Initiative to provide free medication to low-income uninsured children and health education for those who serve children 5,000 2012 Supportive Housing Communites at McCreesh Place Provide stable housing and link treatment and services for disabled and homeless men 5,000 2012 Teen Health Connection Part of the health education/community outreach initiative "Charlotte, Get Your Move On!" Allowed 9th gradrs fo attend "The Big Picture," a hard hitting play written and performed by teens 6,800 2012 Thompson child & Family Focus To provide the Child Development Center specialized therapeutic supports for speech/language/physical therapy for special needs children from birth to five years old 4,000 2011 Camp Care Underwrite 5 children, in treatment for cancer, to attend Camp Care 5,000 2011 Kids Heart Felt Health After School Program For enrichment program for children, ages 7-13, nutrition counseling 8,500 2011 St Peter's Home-McCreesh Place For "Living with Loss" - a grief and loss counceling program for formerly homelss and disabled men 8,380 2011 Easter Seals UCP in NC and VA A grant to provide toys and bikes for the Healthy Strides program, which provides therapy for special needs children 2,000 2011 The Lucky Hearts Campaign To provide 8 Automatic External Defibrillators for Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department 10,320 2011 Charlotte Community Health Clinic To provide health care to uninsured, low income children 16,500 2011 Care Ring PRO For Physicians Reach Out, provides funds for eligibility screenings and oversight 8,900 2011 Florence Crittenton Services Funds to support approximately 100 single mothers-to-be and their unborn childen 2,500 2010 Camp Care Underwrite 5 children, in treatment for cancer, to attend Camp Care 5,000 2010 Camp Carolina Trails Special summer camp for children with diabetes 5,000 2010 Charlotte Community Health Clinic Free primary care for uninsured low income residents 15,000 2010 CMC Violence Prevention Program To train school employees and social workers in youth violence prevention 1,700 2010 Hospitality House Fifth year of 5-year pledge 5,000 2010 Matthews Free Clinic AIC analyzer to treat diabetes 2,735 2010 MedAssist Medications for uninsured low income patients 8,500 2010 Presbyterian's Community Cruiser Vision and hearing screening equipment 5,054 2010 Samaritan House Post surgical recovery lodging for homeless 8,500 2010 Shelter Health Services Free clinic for homeless women 8,500 2010 Levine Children's Hospital In honor of Cannon Award Winner Smoky Bissell 1,000 2009 Hospitality House of Charlotte Part of a 5 year grant 5,000 2009 MEDIC In 2009, the Lucky Hearts campaign was launched in partnership with MEDIC. This program donated AEDs to non-profits and trained volunteers in their use. Through 2012, 193 defibrillators have been distributed and 1,963 volunteers trained 75,000 2008 Arthritis Services 1,000 2008 Community Health Clinic 9,830 2008 Florence Crittenton Home 1,750 2008 Hospice 5,000 2008 Hospitality House 3rd year of 5 year pledge 5,000 2008 MedAssist Medications for uninsured low income patients 10,000 2008 NC Medical Society Alliance 1,000 2008 Physicians Reach Out 5,000 2008 Samaritan House 5,000 2008 Teen Health Connection 8,904 2007 Allegro Foundation Grant to help underwrite classes for children with physical disabilities 7,000 2007 Shelter Health Services Support for clinic that provides medical care to homeless women 15,000 2007 Matthews Health Clinic Supplies to treat low income patients 2,000 2007 Carolina Breast Friends Support for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer 3,000 2007 Hospitality House 2nd year of 5 year pledge toward construction of a larger/more modern facility to house families of out-of-town hospital patients 5,000 2007 Camp Care Grant will help children with cancer and siblings attend special camp with children in similar circumstances 5,000 2007 American Red Cross For transportation of criticall ill patients to treatment and appointments 4,000 2007 MedAssist Grant for medications and community pharmacy services for low income patients 15,000 2007 Samaritan House Post operative/recuperative care for the homeless 10,000 2007 Levine Children's Hospital, Family Resource Center Funding for a children's book about Levine Children's Hospital and the child's hospital stay 3000 3,000 2007 Friendship Trays In Honor of Cannon Award winner Ann Mauldlin Elliot 1,000 2006 Dore Academy Assist in the establishment of a therapeutic library for students K-12 1,000 2006 Matthews Clinic Grant to help establish a women's clinic for low income Matthews area residents 5,000 2006 Mecklenburg County Medical Society/Child Life Committee Funding to support childhood obesitystudy in elementary schools 10,000 2006 Physicians Reach Out To provide medications to unisured patients on an emergency/immediate basis 15,000 2006 Hospitality House First installment of a 5 year pledge toward the construction of a larger/more modern faciltiy to house families of out of town hospitalized patients 5,000 2006 Teen Health Connection Comprehensive health education program, "Healthy Choices, Healthy Teens" 7,000 2006 MMAE Safeguarding Childhood Initiative funding for radKid's, a child safety program 10,000 2006 Florence Crittenton Services In honor of Cannon Award winner Elizabeth “Lib” Harkey 1,000 Year Grantee Description Amount