City of Charlotte announces 17 recipients of SAFE Charlotte grant program
Cory Burkarth
SAFE Charlotte grants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 30, 2021) – The City of Charlotte on Friday announced the 17 community-based organizations that will receive $50,000 grants through the city’s SAFE Charlotte program.

In October 2020, Charlotte City Council adopted the SAFE Charlotte plan, which includes recommendations to re-imagine policing and make the city safer. The first recommendation in the SAFE Charlotte report is to provide funding to community organizations to address violent crime in Charlotte.

The grant recipients are below and are divided by service area:

Youth services for 13-19 year olds

  • Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade and Counseling Center

  • Beta Nu Lambda Foundation (BEAM)

  • Center 360

  • Firm Foundations Youth and Family

  • Mecklenburg Council of Elders

  • Planet Improve Incorporated

  • Project BOLT

  • Promise Youth Development

  • Save our Children Movement, Inc.

  • Stilletto Boss University

  • Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation

Services for children under 13 and their adult caregivers

  • Alluviam, Inc.

  • Jumping Dreams DD

  • Prodigal Son Foundation

  • Teach a Man to Fish Foundation, Inc.

Services for children and adult victims of domestic violence, teen dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault

  • Family Mankind

  • Sanctuary in the City

In addition to these organizations, Support Her Boots and Locked Out Love, Inc. will both receive training stipends to support their development.

SAFE Charlotte grant funds also will provide capacity-building support to grant recipients throughout the year and implement plans to evaluate and communicate the impact of each organization’s progress. Funding for the SAFE Charlotte grant program is made possible to the City of Charlotte in part through the federal Community Development Block Grant.

The city selected United Way of Central Carolinas to administer the application process. In addition, United Way will work with two local entities to support the capacity-building efforts, reporting requirements and program evaluation for each organization receiving grant funds to ensure they are meeting requirements throughout the yearlong grant period.

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute will conduct two workshops focused on program evaluation and data collection. The goal of the workshops is to help agencies better understand the most relevant data points to collect and how to collect them. Grant recipients will receive a data collection template and guidebook to track their progress and outcomes. They also are required to complete a quarterly check-in reporting form and submit a final report at the end of the grant period that contains both qualitative and quantitative evidence of their work and its impact.

A second company, Bringing You Excellence (B.Y.E.), LLC, will host monthly capacity-building workshops to help SAFE Charlotte grantees grow their understanding of philanthropy, the business of nonprofit management and their role as a grassroots organization within the nonprofit network. B.Y.E. also will provide individualized support to each grant recipient and seek opportunities to explore collaboration among those with similar missions.