Proposal Process

Criteria for Eligibility
Grants are awarded under these guidelines:

  • Grants are available to the Charlotte region’s non-profit, and in some cases for-profit entrepreneurial service providers.
  • Grants can fund research, impact studies, business surveys, and educational conferences for leaders and officials.
  • Individuals are not eligible to apply for grants.
  • No monies can be used as equity or capital investments. The CRFE does not provide investment funding to startups.


Proposal Review Process
Successful proposals to the CRFE will:

  • Achieve objectives in one or more “opportunity areas” identified by the CRFE
  • Show ability to execute on the program
  • Demonstrate community support and involvement, including diversified funding
  • Be measurable and attainable within the grant period
  • Ensure post-grant assessment to determine impact to the community


Grants will be awarded throughout the year as funds become available. Below is the submission process:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee. Those meeting the criteria and providing the most value will be sent to the board with a recommendation to accept. Winning proposals will be announced by The Foundation For The Carolinas, and grant recipients will be notified.

The application schedule for 2017 will be announced soon. Please check back for updated information or contact us with any questions.