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December 2020 & January 2021 HUG Micro-Grants

by on January 13, 2021

Each month, Charlotte Is Creative awards Queen City creatives with HUG (“Helpful Unfettered Gift”) Micro-grants to help them move their passions and projects along. In December 2020 and January 2021, ten $250 HUGs were awarded with funds provided by individual donors and HUG Sponsors: Google Fiber, T. Reid & Company, NoDa Brewing, Savvy + Co. Real Estate and the Knight Foundation.

Podcasts and Media

  • Shauna Morgan – Podcast about great books… and bad books
  • Steven Williams – Podcast of Black stories by Black voices
  • Jalil Pak – New equipment for the JVY Podcast

Visual Art

  • Kianna Vinson – Photography series exploring the stigma of individuals with dreadlocks

Creative Community Engagement

  • Ashley Culler – Artists will paint murals for nonprofit Safe Alliance
  • Gretchen Brenner – Help Piedmont Music Therapy teach classes to young adults with Autism
  • Ronnell McIntyre – Community art classes

Performing Arts

  • Tempestt Harris – Funds to build a set for a sitcom filmed in Charlotte
  • Kasie Patlove – Charlotte Lab School Performing Arts to buy the license and show kit for Shrek Jr.
  • Molly Brown – Purchase items for “Murder and Moonbeams,” a neo-noire musical comedy


HUG Microgrants are open to both nonprofit and for-profit projects and initiatives at work in the greater Charlotte area. To make a donation in any amount to the HUG program or to apply for a HUG, click here. 

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