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​Now Accepting Applications For Fiscal Year 2022 Grassroots Initiatives

Grassroots Fund Initiative Now Accepting Grant Applications with image of tree growing out of coin jar

**The FY22 Grant Application Has Closed. 
Please Check Back In The Fall 2022 For Details About The Next Round Of Funding**

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide grassroots capacity-building resources and programming to community-based organizations.  These organizations will address chronic disease prevention and/or management in communities experiencing health disparities, especially in Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) Priority Areas. These areas are linked with higher rates of chronic diseases, infectious diseases and deaths related to these conditions.  

 Mecklenburg County Public Health is soliciting applications for our Fiscal Year 2022 Grassroots SEED Grant. Applicants are encouraged to apply to receive funding for initiatives/programs that impact rates of chronic disease in Mecklenburg County. 

  • SEED Grant** – community-based organizations applying for this funding could be awarded up to $20,000 per organization. 
          • **If your organization was awarded FY21 MCPH Grassroots Funding, you will not be eligible for a SEED grant this fiscal year. 
  • Deadline to submit an application is Monday, December 20, 2021
  • Awardees will be notified by Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Funding Period will be from February 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022

Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant is doing local, grassroots work in Mecklenburg County
  • Applicant is volunteer-driven or has no more than 10 full-time paid staff
  • Applicant must be an organization with a tax ID, either business (corporation, partnership, or sole proprietor) or non-profit. Individuals may not apply. 
  • Must be an active vendor with the County or by the time funds are awarded. 
  • Grant funds MUST focus on chronic disease prevention and/or management. 
  • Grant funds must target the county's Public Health Priority Area Zip Codes
    • Zip codes included are 28205, 28206, 28208, 28212, 28216, 28217

Examples of approved areas of funding

Capacity-Building Resources
  • One-on-One or group training for the organization, whether face-to-face or virtual where capacity building activities center around chronic disease prevention and/or management
  • New technological innovations, IT systems or platforms can be purchased to help organization strengthen infrastructure
  • Communication campaigns to change public opinion and raise public awareness on chronic disease management/prevention
  • Walk or Bike audits/assessments
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Program resources for chronic disease prevention and/or management
  • Curricula development
  • Training materials for community members on a specific area of chronic disease prevention and/or management
  • Health-related signage (Tobacco-Free, physical activity, healthy eating, etc.)
  • Virtual/in-person healthy cooking classes
  • Virtual/in-person physical activity classes
  • Program supplies and educational materials:
    • Health-related displays and models
    • Scales
    • Measuring cups
    • Water bottles
    • Yoga mats
    • Tobacco Quit kits
    • Equipment (under $5,000 per item)
  • Program promotion/marketing
  • Printing costs

Funds CANNOT go towards the following:

  • Staff time
  • Statewide, regional, national or international work
  • Lobbying or partisan political activity 
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
  • Research studies
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Micro-, mini-, sub- or re-granting programs
  • Retroactive expenses (pre-dating funding award)
  • Cash incentives or gift cards

Mecklenburg County offers additional economic resources for businesses and individuals through their Office of Economic Development. For more information on other funding opportunities, click here.  

Grant Awardee Requirements

  • Awardees will be required to provide proof of insurance (i.e. Commercial, General Liability, Automotive Liability and Worker's Compensation)
  • Awardees must submit monthly reports and a final report to Mecklenburg County Public Health
  • Awardees must submit monthly invoices and justification with receipts of budget expenses
  • Awardees must comply with Mecklenburg County's financial reporting requirements
  • Awardees must be a Mecklenburg County vendor by the time the project starts
  • Proper Mecklenburg County Public Health acknowledgement of your public funding is required in published articles, manuscripts, dissertations, posters, presentations, and press releases
  • All projects must be completed by June 30, 2022 - NO EXTENSIONS

For more information, direct all inquiries electronically to: 


Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211



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