External Agency Funding

The City of Concord grants funding to non-governmental, or "External Agencies," that contribute to the City's cultural, social, and economic vitality. External Agency funding requests are considered by the City Council under the auspices of the Public Purpose Clause of the North Carolina State Constitution (Article V, Sec. 2(7)). Further guidance by North Carolina Supreme Court case law allows the City Council to choose to fund activities that 1) are within the appropriate scope of governmental involvement and reasonably related to community needs and 2) benefit the general public, as opposed to special interests or persons.

Concord is no longer accepting External Agency funding applications for FY 18 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018).  The deadline to submit an application was 5pm, March 3rd, 2017. As a responsible steward of residents’ tax dollars, Concord’s highest priority in FY18 will continue to be ensuring that the City continues to provide basic municipal services for our residents.

Please note that in addition to the External Agency Funding Application, potential grantees are required to submit the following:

  •        501(c)(3) non-profit status letter
  •        List of the Board of Directors
  •        Organizational Chart with Job Titles and Names
  •        Resumes for staff members responsible for program administration
  •        Agency By-laws
  •        Mission Statement/Core Values Statement
  •        Declarations page for current General Liability Insurance Policy
  •        Current Detailed Budget (Revenues & Expenses)
  •        Most recent independent financial audit 

For more information about the Fiscal Year 2017 funding process, please see the links below:

FY17 City Council Adopted External Agency Awards (Adobe PDF)

Summary of City-offered Grants (Adobe PDF)


To request payment of your grant award:

For FY17 General Fund or Utility Funds grant, please download and complete this form:

FY17 City of Concord External Agency Payment Request Form (Adobe PDF)

For FY17 CDBG grants, please contact LeDerick Blackburn at (704) 920-5142 or blackl@concordnc.gov for specific information.

For any other questions, please contact Lesley Reder at (704) 920-5263 if you have any questions about the City's External Agency funding process.