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JumpStart Community Safety Micro-Grant Project


The purpose of the JumpStart Safety Micro-Grant is to provide small programming grants to community based organizations to help jumpstart efforts around the following themes:

  • Conflict Resolution & Mediation
  • Crime Fighting & Prevention
  • Opportunities for Youth and/or Parents
  • Family Stability
  • Addressing Racial Segregation

Non-profit and community organizations may submit applications for grants up to $5000 per project, up to $150,000 allocated per JumpStart Micro-Grant cycle. Cycles will be held in May and November.

Additionally, as part of this grant program, the City and non-profit partners will offer support and capacity building training to ensure that the efforts seeded by these grants may be sustained into the future.

For 2021, projects must serve one of the following zip codes: 28216, 28208, 28213, 28206, 28205, 28217, 28273, and/or 28212.

Award & Categories


Tier 1- First time projects ($1000)

  • Up to 20 awards available
Tier 2- Second Timers ($2500)
  • Must have successfully completed a previous JumpStart grant
  • Submit Letter Of Intent
  • Up to 20 available
Tier 3- Legacy Projects ($5000)
  • Must have successfully completed 3 previous grants including a $1000 grant
  • Submit Letter Of Intent
  • Must be non-profit or fiscally sponsored
  • Up to 17 awards available
  • Must be registered non-profit


  • Crime Fighting & Prevention
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Family Stability
  • Addressing Upward Mobility
  • Opportunities for Youth + Parents



  • Organizations must serve a public good within the City of Charlotte
  • Organizations must have an annual operating budget less than $100,000
  • Projects must be connected to the themes as listed above
  • Must have attended a pre-application workshop
  • Must do work in the City limits of Charlotte, with priority given to projects in 28216, 28208, 28213, 28206, 28212, 28273, 28217, and/or 28205
  • Must complete 12 week capacity building curriculum

Use of Funds

Funds granted through the JumpStart Process cannot be passed through to another organization, unless using a formal fiscal sponsor (ie cannot be used for membership fees).  Funds can only be used for programming as outlined in the budget submitted with the application.  Once the project is completed, receipts must be provided detailing expenditures.

Selection Process and Considerations

  1. Potential grantees must update and maintain their profile in Foundant
  2. Potential grantees must submit an LOI
  3. LOIs will be reviewed by program director for eligibility
  4. Organizations who are eligible will be invited to submit a full application
  5. Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of City staff and community members and will be notified in February 2021
  6. Grantees will attend an orientation session, sign a Memorandum of Understanding and receive their grant
  7. Projects must be completed and grantees must submit a short report and receipts by May 30
  8. Tier 1 Grantees must participate in 3 capacity building trainings provided by the City; Tier 2 & 3 grantees must participate in a 12 week online capacity building program*


*Failure to complete these steps may result in future grant applications not being considered.  The organization may also be asked to return their grant dollars. 

The JumpStart Community Safety Microgrant Team will prioritize projects that are:

  • Inclusive: meaningfully engaging key stakeholders – thoughtfully identifying those needed to create the intended change and including those directly affected by the problem
  • Collaborative: a true joint effort, with partners willing to share ownership and decision-making as they pursue an innovation together
  • Resourceful: using existing resources and assets creatively to make the most of what a community already has
  • Innovative: leads to a community innovation - a breakthrough in addressing a community need or opportunity that is more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches

Additionally, the JumpStart program is a violence prevention and community safety initiative.  Priority will be placed on programming and opportunities in the following zip codes: 28216, 28208, 28213, 28206, and 28212.

Pre-Application Workshop

A pre-application workshop is required of all potential applicants.  The workshop will cover specifics of the grant, the granting software, and will go over the timeline and answer any questions about the grant.

Workshops will be held via zoom and registration is required.

Workshop Dates:

  • December 1, 2020, 6pm
  • December 2, 2020, 6pm

Letter of Intent (LOI)

The process of applying for a JumpStart Grant begins with submitting a Letter of Intent.  The letter of intent lets our selection committee review concepts for funding, saves time and effort, and helps streamline eligible grantees.  The Letter of Intent is short, to the point, and illustrates the program and impact of a potential project.

Interested organizations are invited to submit a brief LOI via this form by Jan 1, 2021.  Following review of the LOI, organizations may be invited to submit a full proposal. Please note, funding is not guaranteed, and submission of a LOI does not guarantee an invitation for a full proposal.

There will be 2 optional, online LOI writing workshops on 12/3/2020 and 12/9/2020.  Registration is required.

Grant Writing Workshops

Grant writing workshops will be held to walk organizations who have been invited to apply for the JumpStart Grant through the grant writing process and answer any questions about the process and program.  All invited potential grantees must attend one session.  Registration required.

Workshop Dates:

  • 1/7/2021, 6:00pm-8:00pm (online)
  • 1/11/2021 6:00pm-8:00pm, (online)


The JumpStart Community Safety Micro-Grant program will offer free trainings per grant cycle to increase the capacity of small grassroots organizations.  These trainings will be free.  Tier 1 grantees are required to attend 3 trainingsTier 2 & 3 grantees are required to participate in a 12 session curriculum.

To Apply

  1. Navigate here
  2. Create a new account or login to existing account
  3. From the top menu select APPLY
  4. Scroll down to the 2021 JumpStart Micro-Grant and click the blue APPLY button
  5. Fill out the Letter of Intent portion of the application

For more information, please email or call 704-336-2175. 

To better streamline our process and to make sure everyone is receiving the same information, applications are only being taken through our Foundant system online. 

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