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Cornelius-based non-profit gets $3 million in ARPA funding

Jan. 19. By Dave Yochum. Carolina Farm Trust, the Cornelius-based nonprofit organization addressing food insecurity, will receive a $3 million grant from the American Rescue Plan, part of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners funding for 75 local projects.

It’s part of the $34.2 million the county has set aside for food support services, medical and mental health and psychiatric care for adolescents.

Carolina Farm Trust (CFT) supports small, community farmers in a direct manner by helping them purchase equipment, lease or purchase land, and reach customers through creative marketing campaigns.

Wyatt, in front of the old Alexander Farm on Westmoreland


In the development stage is the 28-acre Free Spirit Farm in Huntersville. It will offer fresh, high-quality foods to underserved communities in the greater Charlotte area.

CFT has also received a $400,000 grant from Trane Technologies in Davidson as part of its Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) programs.

Mecklenburg County received applications during the fall of 2022 for Round Two of funding from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). Round One of funding from ARPA was announced in March 2022, resulting in 36 local projects recommended to receive $59.4 million.

County approved projects

Affordable Housing and Homelessness

CrossRoads Corp. for Affordable Housing & Comm. Dev. Inc., $144,900

Town of Davidson, Comprehensive Housing Affordability Program, $1,000,000

Dominium, Creekridge On The Park, $5,000,000

DreamKey Partners, Johnston Oehler Seniors, $2,750,000

DreamKey Partners, Easter’s Home at Caldwell, $2,500,000

Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, Hope Springs Infrastructure, $1,737,249

Laurel Street Residential, LLC, Mount Moriah Seniors, $6,000,000

The NHP Foundation, LaSalle at Lincoln Heights, $1,100,000

Urban Trends Real Estate Inc., Lakeview Apartments, $1,600,000

West Side CLT, West Side Community Land Trust, $650,000

Department of Community Support Services, Coordinated Entry Expansion, $612,349

Department of Criminal Justice Services, Vendor Housing Expansion, $1,458,287

Freedom Fighting Missionaries Inc., Second Chance Homeless to Housing, $1,250,000

Coalicion Latinoamericana, Multisector Response Network for Humanitarian Relief, $2,000,000

County Manager’s Office, West Charlotte Homes, $6,000,000

Matthews Help Center, $350,000

Salvation Army, Expansion of Center of Hope Shelter, $3,156,389

Pineville Neighbors Place, Better at Home, Part 2, $2 300,000

Roof Above, Expansion and Enhancement of Day Services Center, $710,000

Veterans Bridge Home, Mecklenburg County American Rescue Plan Act ‐ VBH Housing Sustainability Program, $1,013,200


Behavioral Health and Health Equity

Hope Haven Inc., Increasing Access to Services for Substance Use Disorder for Underserved Populations, $604,167

HopeWay, Mental Health Equity: Providing Evidence Based Psychiatric Care in Community Clinics, $800,000

On Eagles Wings, OEW ARPA Safe House with comprehensive services, $865,400

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Improving Outcomes for High-Risk Youth, $437,865

ProCure Therapeutic Agency, Inc., Expanding Access to Community‐Based Mental and Behavioral Health Services, $1,500,000

Safe House Project, Equitable Access to Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking, $503,439

Time Out Youth, Protecting the Mental Health of LGBTQ Youth in Mecklenburg County, $315,000

UMAR, Van Replacement, $283,161

Ada Jenkins Families and Careers Development Center, Sustaining a Healthy Lifestyle, $363,746

The Bulb Gallery, Promoting Equity in Locally Grown Foods, $919,432

Carolina Farm Trust, Local Foods Production and Distribution Center, $3,000,000

Hearts and Hands Food Pantry, Food Security Initiative, $666,700

LMC Children Services, Meals On‐The‐Go, $423,294

Loaves and Fishes, NourishMeck‐A Hunger Hub for Hope, $2,000,000

County Manager’s Office, West Blvd Food Cooperative, $250,000

Department of Social Services, Food Insecurity, $989,000

C. W. Williams Community Health Center, Inc. (CWWCHC), $2,052,195

Camino Community Development Corporation, Inc., Access to Bilingual Dental Care, $4,683,215

Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Inc., $3,810,415

Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group, Providing Access to Trans Health (PATH), $1,168,502

Department of Community Support Services, Multi‐Interdisciplinary Outreach Team, $650,000

Johnson C. Smith University, Community Outreach‐Black Birthing Professions, $943,000

Department of Public Health, The Way Forward Community Violence Prevention Plan Implementation, $3,260,500

Department of Public Health, Pediatric Dental Clinic, $1,453,904

Department of Public Health, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services, $845,772

Village HeartBeat, Inc., $750,000

Vision To Learn, Eye Exams and Prescription Glasses Provided Aboard New Mobile Vision Clinic, $708,114


Childcare and Early Childhood Development

Castle’s Daycare Academy, $450,000

Center For Community Transitions, Families Doing Time, $300,000

Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Early Learning Center, $3,000,000

Freedom School Partners, 2023‐2024 Freedom School Summer Program, $260,000

Greater Enrichment Program, Transportation, $130,000

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Youth Academic Enrichment Program, $415,000

POP’s Passion, $400,000

Save Our Children Movement Inc., KEFA Tutoring and Mentoring Academy, $782,320

Department of Social Services Early Childhood System Building, $706,000

StriveCLT,  Strive to Thrive, $325,536

YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Parents as Teachers, $250,000


Parks, Environment and Infrastructure

Town of Davidson, Baccalaureate School Gymnasium Renovation, $2,000,000

Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, Irwin Creek Stream Enhancement Project at the Old City Landfill, $2,350,000

Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, Ambient Air Monitoring Program, $420,000

Department of Park and Recreation, Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds with Path of Travel, $2,960,000


Workforce and Economic Development

Academy of Goal Achievers, Goal Achievers Mentor Program, $443,925

Angels and Sparrows Community Table and Resource Center, Pathway Program Enhancements, $395,055

Cakeable Charlotte, Inc., Cakeable Vocational Training and Café, $810,500

Charlotte Is Creative, Creative Entrepreneurs Initiative, $384,750

Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce, Healthcare Workforce Development, $600,000

Mecklenburg County Emergency Medical Services, $1,200,000

Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, $1,500,000

Per Scholas, IT Training, $400,000

Public Library, Digital Divide, $2,917,635

The ROC Charlotte, Inc., $900,000

She Built This City, Workforce Development, $540,413

Smart Girls HQ LLC., Smart Girls Squad STEM Program, $435,800

Department of Public Information, Marketing of ARPA Spending, $500,000