Community Engagement

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City of Charlotte 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 Community Empowerment Initiative 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 $1,000 per project.

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.

Award & Categories


  • $500 (one time event)
  • $1000 (small project)


Crime Fighting & Prevention

  • Career training + opportunities for returning citizens
  • Safety and security
  • Restorative Justice programs and activities

Conflict Mediation

  • Anti bullying and/or anti-harassment trainings and activities
  • Conflict resolution training
  • Activities that promote peace, non-violent communication and/or conflict de-escalation

Family Stability

  • Nutrition and food security
  • Access to Affordable Housing
  • Access to Public Transportation

Addressing Racial Segregation

  • Actions that reduce barriers and build relationships among diverse groups of people
  • Community education on impact of segregation in housing and education
  • Trainings and workshops to increase community engagement on current issues

Opportunities for Youth + Parents

  • Projects that support Kinship Caregivers
  • Out of school college and career experiences for youth 14-20
  • School to community connections for families in under performing schools


  • 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 CEI themes as listed above
  • Must have attended a pre-application workshop

Selection Process and Considerations

  • Must attend a pre-application workshop
  • Complete an application & submit project budget
  • Grant review process
  • Close out reporting - submit a short report and receipts
  • Participate in project showcase event in the fall, date to be determined

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

Pre-Application Workshops

Pre-application workshops will be held to walk organizations through the grant process and answer any questions about the process and program.  All potential grantees must attend one session.  Register for a session here.

Pre-Application Workshop Dates:

  • 12/17 6pm - 7:30pm
  • 12/20 11am - 1pm
  • 1/3 8:30am - 10:30am
  • 1/3 6pm - 7:30pm
  • 1/8 6pm - 7:30pm
  • 1/15 (Online. Must pre-register to recieve link.)
  • 1/16 6pm - 7:30pm


Organizations may optionally attend workshops on board development, evaluation, grant writing, developing mission/vision, attaining 501c3 status, etc, provided by the City of Charlotte and its partners.


Complete project by June 20, 2019, participate in a project showcase in May.

To Apply

  1. Navigate here
  2. Create a new account
  3. From the top menu select APPLY
  4. Scroll down the CEI JumpStart Micro Grant and click the blue APPLY button

For more information or if you need a paper application, please email or call 704-336-2175. 



Applications open January 1.  Deadline to apply is January 28th.  Grantees will be notified in early February. 

People planning how to use JumpStart Micro-Grants

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JumpStart Micro Grant Recipients


Project Title

12 Forty 4 Creations

A Rise Together

Affected by Eve

UpRoar Youth Advisory Council

Alliance of Venezuelans in Charlotte

Tour de Charlotte

Belmont Community Association

Belmont UNITE

Beyond Today

Empower the Circle

Bhutanese Community Association

Community Empowerment

Breaking Barriers, Building Bonds

Membership Drive

Bright Hopes Inc

Bright Hopes Youth Community Choir

Brighter Paths Inc

 As We Grow

Butterfly Visions

Community Awareness Workshops

Cops & Barbers

Cops & Barbers Jam Session

Creationz Gone Wild School of the Arts

Chief Athletics AllStars

Cultural Literacy Corp

EOG Test Prep

E3 Dadz Inc

E3 Dadz Kick Off

ENM Music

Florence Price Youth Orchestra

Ezekiel & Ruth D Lowe Seniors Foundation

Senior Red Door Project

f2 Liturgical Dance Academy

Kidz in the Biz Youth Pop Up Shop

Fairstone Community

Community Block Party

Faith Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Community Fun Jam

Firm Foundations Youth & Family Outreach

Teens TOGETHER Summer 2018 Kick-off

Forever Precious

Girls Summit

Galeega Team

Get Techy

Global Empowerment Solutions

GES Healthy Relationships

Gun Awareness Day

Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally

Helping Adolescents Speak Out

Help Adolescents Speak Out

Historic West End Neighborhood Association


Human Capital Investment

Seeds of Wellness

I am Her She is Me

Passion and Purpose Therapy.... Mental Health Awareness

Ketchmore Kids

Healing With Hip-Hop

Lakewood Neighborhood Alliance

Community Engagement Series

Lisha's Helping Hands

Creative Youth Project

Local Food For Thought

Step Up Community Event

Lorien Academy of the Arts

8-week Summer Art Academy

Masterpiece Performing Arts


Mecklenburg Council of Elders, Inc. (MCOE)

Know Your Rights Summer Symposium

Men of Destiny

Men of Destiny's Youth and Police Engagement

Mentoring & Encouraging Through the Arts

META T-shirts

MenTouring Our Brothers

Turning Point Academy Summer Exposure Experience

Million Youth March of Charlotte

Teen Programs

Nonprofit Connect Inc

Nonprofit Collaboration


Forklift Training

Our Global Village

Mansa Musa Financial Academy Summer Camp

Porcelain Dolls of the Carolinas

Not My Child & KEFA

Promise Youth Development Inc

No Gang Zone

Save Our Children Movement Inc

Karate Education Food & Arts (KEFA)

Teens Teach

ImPACT Teens and Youth

The Crown Jewels Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

The cyber series

The Garden Center

RISE Mentorship Program

The Garden Center

Canvassing the Community

The Greater Charlotte Area LOC

STEM Marketing Campaign

The Sanctuary in the City

Yoga on the Lawn in Hidden Valley

the UNDERGROUND Mobile Studio & Art Gallery

the UNDERGROUND Mobile Studio & Art Gallery

Thomasboro Foundation

Book Bonanza

Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated

Conflict Resolution and Communication Skills for Teens

Transcend Charlotte

Bus Pass Project

Transformation Educational Services

Summer Opportunities at TES


Can You Hear Me Now

Universal Institute for Successful Aging of the Carolinas

Asian-American Council for Unity (ACU)

Vanessa Clarke

Nonprofit Connect Fest

Washington Heights Community

Making Our Neighborhoods Peaceful and Safer