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. 

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