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October 10, 2016​


BOCCCommunity Service Grants Update

This Friday, Mecklenburg County will hold an information session for nonprofits to learn how the County’s “Request for Proposal” (RFP) process works, and how they can apply for Community Service Grants (CSG) for FY2018. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

All applicants must have current 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, submit audited financial statements and serve the residents of Mecklenburg County. The grant award funding period is for FY2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018). The CSG application will be available Oct. 17 through Nov. 21, 2016.

The CSG process will transition two of the three current target areas to seven of the strategic business plan’s key themes. This will ensure consistency with the guiding principles that are used to make funding decisions in the Recommended Budget. The third target area, Improve the High School Graduation Rate, will remain as part of the FY2018 budget process and be phased out in FY2019. This transition will not eliminate any of the current CSG recipients from completing a funding application for consideration.

Also, as it has been communicated to the Board and current CSG recipients during the last two budget cycles, the FY2018 CSG process will be the first year of the new sunset condition. Any nonprofit that has received funding for three consecutive fiscal years (FY2015 – FY2016 - FY2017) will be sunset and can apply to become a vendor with the County. 

Please be advised that notices will be sent to the nonprofits that will be sunset in advance of the information session. Similar to prior years, the Board will have an opportunity to receive a complete update on the CSG process during a future public policy workshop.

For more information, contact Christopher Williams at 980-314-2932
Back to School Exclusion Clinics

Due to the high number of students in need of back-school immunizations, the Public Health Department held extra exclusion clinics (in addition to the two regular back-to-school immunization clinics they usually host).
With the added clinics, Public Health employees were able to provide immunizations to almost 300 additional students. The clinics stayed open until 9 p.m. to accommodate schedules for working parents. Employees also provided snacks and water to clients while they were waiting.

Thank you to Public Health employees for going above and beyond to help get CMS students the required immunizations so that they did not have to miss school.

For more information, contact Dr. Marcus Plescia, Public Health director, at 980-314-9020 or
Kinship Caregiver Conference Set for Oct. 20

On Oct. 20, I will speak at a Kinship Caregiver Conference for grandparents and other relatives who are raising children. The conference is hosted by Mecklenburg County DSS and UNC Charlotte Department of Gerontology, and will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Church.
The Board is invited to attend the event, which includes workshops on issues such as custody and the law, child support, DSS services, CMS, and more. There will also be agencies available with information for kinship caregivers and those who work with them.

For more information, contact Patricia Mayhew, Mecklenburg County DSS, at 980-314-7075 or
T.C. Elder Community Health Leadership Academy Dedication Ceremony Set for Thursday

This Thursday, Mecklenburg County Public Health and the Village HeartBEAT's faith-based and community partners will celebrate the life and work of Thereasea Clark Elder with the dedication of the T.C. Elder Community Health Leadership Academy. The ceremony will take place at Thereasea Clark Elder Neighborhood Park, 6315 Rockwell Church Road, Charlotte beginning at 11:30 a.m. A reception will follow at Rockwell AME Zion Church, 6301 Rockwell Church Road.

Ms. Elder was a pioneering nurse with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department from 1962 to 1989. The leadership academy honors Ms. Elder’s contributions to public health, and will continue her legacy of servant leadership.

The academy is an innovative solution to advance chronic disease prevention strategies in Charlotte. It is the foundation of the Village HeartBEAT (Building Education Accountability Together) Program. It will train community health ambassadors in local congregations and interfaith communities. The ambassadors will gain information and resource tools teach them about basic health issues as well as chronic diseases within their communities. The ambassadors will learn about the health and human services to reduce health inequities in our communities.

For more information, contact Cheryl Emanuel at 980-314-9027 or

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