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.

Application Period

The application process for External Agency funding is now closed.

The City has transitioned to a fully paperless application process for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. This will be done through Neighborly, an online application, that will make applying faster and easier.

The portal can be found below:


FY 21 Council Approved External Agency Awards

FY 21 External Agency Grant Agreement

FY 21 External Agency Payment Request Form

Process Steps

(1) Agencies who requested funding as a part of the FY 2021 Budget were invited to present their request before City Council on April 7, 2020 at 2:30pm. In accordance with State and Local Mandates regarding Covid-19, presentations will be held remotely through a conference call line.

(2) The City Manager presented the FY 2021 City Manager Recommended Operating Budget (including agency requests) to the Mayor & City Council on May 29, 2020 for consideration.

(3) The Mayor & City Council held a budget hearing for public comment on June 11, 2020. On that day, Council approved the City Manager's recommended budget, which will take effect July 1, 2020.

*Award recipients for General Fund and Utility Fund(s) grants may be subject to a site visit during the duration of the Fiscal Year the grant is awarded.


Please call Brandon Edwards (704) 920-6263 or reach out via email to EdwardsB@concordnc.gov with questions related to the process.

If you have questions regarding the application materials for Fiscal Year 2020-21 Funding, please see the links below:

FY20 External Agency Application (MS Word)

(The FY20 Agency Application is for reference only.)

Neighborly Software Presentation


Previous Year Awardees:

FY20 Proposed External Agency Awards (pending Council Approval)

To request payment of your General or Utility Fund(s) grant award from Fiscal Year or Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant award, please do so through the Neighborly grant application portal.

For any other questions, please contact Brandon Edwards at (704) 920-6263.