LAST UPDATED: August 15, 2023

Below are active grant opportunities available to Charlotte-Mecklenburg creatives.


Investee Grant
Administered by Social Venture Partners Charlotte
Deadline: 8/24
Attend an online Q & A session on 8/21.

High-impact nonprofit organizations/initiatives working to address social and economic inequality in Mecklenburg County are invited to apply for the 2023 iteration of the Investee Grant. Those selected to be an investee can expect:

  • 12-months of volunteer professional support to work in partnership with the organization and its partners designed to strengthen the investee’s effectiveness and ability to fulfill its mission.
  • $20,000 of unrestricted cash grant up to be used for capacity building.
  • An annual opportunity to renew for up to three years.

A Statement from Executive Director Kristin Winkle Beck:

“We are looking for organizations that are emerging – on the precipice of rapid growth. What they’re missing isn’t just extra funding, but also missing components that it takes to really run and accelerate and expand the impact of the nonprofit. That could look like things like board support, a fundraising strategy or a strength in fundraising strategy. Perhaps they have a great program, but are not sure how to scale and expand it. We’re looking for someone who wants that strategic thought partner who also happens to be a funder.”

NOTE: Click the image above to watch a short video with suggestions on applying for the Investee Grant from Winkle Beck.


Beyond Open
Administered by FFTC Partners For Empowering Communities
Deadline: 8/31 at Noon.⁣

Beyond Open is focused on building economic mobility within the Corridors of Opportunity and diverse-owned small businesses. Independent creatives and creative businesses that meet criteria ARE invited. Nonprofits ARE NOT in this round.

The deadline to apply is August 31 at noon . The grant application will take time, effort and care on your part, but the rewards are transformative. Grants range from $0,000 to $150,000.

Artist Support Grants
Administered by Arts & Science Council
Deadline: 8/28 at Noon

Grants intended to help artists enhance skills, create work or to improve their business operations and capacity.


H.U.G. (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant
Administered by Charlotte Is Creative
Deadline: Rolling

$250 micro-grants awarded on a monthly basis to 6-8 Mecklenburg County-based creatives. Applications are always open. ⁣