Grant Eligibility

Our Funding Priorities

At Charlie’s Heart Foundation, we believe that strong and healthy families → lead to strong and healthy children→ which leads to strong and healthy communities.

Our grant program seeks to fund innovative, holistic programs that promote the mental well-being of families in underserved and under-resourced communities.

We believe that by addressing the mental and emotional well-being of family members, specifically parents and caregivers, we will give these families the strong foundation that they need not only to survive but to thrive.

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Decision Making Factors

The Charlie’s Heart Foundation will award grants only to organizations qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grant award decisions are made at the sole discretion of the Foundation and are based on the following criteria:

Mission Alignment: We provide grants to nonprofit organizations based in the Carolinas with programs designed to support the mental and emotional well-being of families in under-resourced communities. 

Geographic Focus: Grants are made to organizations headquartered within North or South Carolina. Consideration can be given to organizations supporting humanitarian efforts outside the continental United States as long as the organization is headquartered within the Carolinas. This allows us to conduct in-person check-ins, participate in events, and build stronger relationships with our grant partners. 

Organization Size: We prefer to support small nonprofits where we feel our funds will have the most impact. In general, we consider a small nonprofit to have an operational budget of less than 3 million dollars, without an endowment, and not be an affiliate of a larger organization.

Demonstrated Need: We target underserved communities and require applicants to share data about the populations they serve.

Operational Capacity and Sustainability: We assess an organization’s staffing and budget to ensure they are equipped to use the grant funds effectively.

Empowerment: We give preference to programs that involve the population they serve in program design and evaluation.

Systemic Impact: We look for innovative, holistic programs designed to create lasting change.

Measurable Outcomes: We require defined and measurable program outcomes, including an impact report at the end of each grant cycle.

Types of Grants Considered 

Charlie’s Heart Foundation seeks to fund specific program expenses. However, operating expenses may be considered when directly related to program staffing and overhead. 

Charlie’s Heart Foundation typically considers annual grants between $5,000-$15,000 for first-time applicants and up to $30,000 for returning applicants. Final decisions regarding eligibility, approval, and the amount of the grant are at the sole discretion of the Foundation.


Generally Ineligible 

The Charlie’s Heart Foundation does not award grants to individuals, affiliate organizations, private foundations, churches, private schools, units of government, endowment funds, or political activities.

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