City of Charlotte wins sustainability grant funding

Jordan-Ashley Walker

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 8, 2017) – The City of Charlotte is one of 15 cities across the country to win grant funding designed to promote sustainable, healthy and prosperous communities.

The funding, provided through the Partners for Places matching grants program, is for sustainability work in the North End of Charlotte. The grant funding will contribute toward the ultimate goal of creating a  "smart city" platform. This concept allows residents to collaborate with government, non-profit, and private sector partners on meaningful projects that will kick start future work in categories that include healthy communities, neighborhood transportation, technology training programs, and smart homes and neighborhoods.

"This grant-funding is an opportunity to learn how to engage and co-create with Charlotte neighborhoods around sustainability efforts," said Rob Phocas, the city's sustainability director. "We hope to use this as a blueprint that can be replicated throughout the city."

The Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative was created to provide financial and technical support to a cohort of cities and their place-based foundation partners. This pilot, part of The Funders' Network's ongoing commitment to equity and inclusion, is a way to help local efforts use an equity lens to advance sustainability and climate action.

Partners for Places announced that it awarded Charlotte $75,000, and the Knight Foundation and Ortho Carolina Foundation will be providing matching funds.

The funding is through a matching grants program, which pairs city governments with philanthropy to support sustainability projects promoting a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for all residents. These sustainability efforts will take place in cities large and small, from South Florida to the Pacific Northwest, with most benefiting low-income neighborhoods.

"Low-income communities and people of color are disproportionately harmed by environmental hazards and the effects of climate change," said Diane Ives, fund advisor for The Kendeda Fund's People, Place and Planet program. "We need to put equity at the heart of community-based sustainability efforts to ensure that everyone has a chance to live in a vibrant, healthy, resilient community regardless of their zip code."

Other cities receiving grant funding include Boulder, Colo.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Berkeley, Calif.

For more information on Partners for Places, visit the Funders' Network website.

For more information about the City of Charlotte's grant, contact Rob Phocas in the Charlotte Sustainability Office at or 704-336-7558.


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