Grant Eligibility

Our Funding Priorities

Theory of Change GraphicAt 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.

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, given that the organization is located within the Carolinas.

 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 or units of local or state government. Grant award decisions are contingent upon the availability of Foundation funds and will be based on various organizational and programmatic factors, including:

  • Organization mission aligns with Charlie’s Heart Foundation’s mission
  • Demonstration of need
  • Adequate staffing, funding, and operational structure to carry out the purposes of the grant
  • Empowering those served by involving them whenever possible in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program
  • Contribution to systemic change
  • Demonstration of program sustainability over time
  • Acceptable cost versus benefit comparisons, i.e., reasonable numbers served and depth of impact for the investment
  • Clearly defined and measurable program outcomes that demonstrate impact on the population to be served
  • Completeness of the application, including the submission of a current program budget

Types of Grants Considered

Applications for the following categories of projects, programs, and services will generally be eligible for consideration by Charlie’s Heart Foundation. However, decisions regarding eligibility, approval, and the amount of the grant are at the sole discretion of the Foundation.


  • It is the Foundation’s goal to fund specific program or project expenses.
  • Ongoing operating expenses for individual organizations may be considered. However, the organization must show evidence in the grant application that it is self-sufficient or moving towards self-sufficiency.
  • Charlie’s Heart Foundation typically considers annual grants between $5,000-$50,000.

Generally Ineligible

The Charlies’ Heart Foundation does not award grants to individuals, private foundations or churches, nor does it award grants to organizations to be used as pass-through funds for another organization that is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or a governmental entity.

The Foundation does not ordinarily support:

  • Church programs that do not have a separate 501(c)(3) designation
  • Conferences and travel
  • Capital or annual fundraising campaigns
  • Administrative overhead
  • Private schools
  • Research studies
  • Units of federal government
  • Political activities
  • Publication of newsletters, magazines, books and the production of videos
  • Affiliates of national organizations
  • Endowment funds 


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