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 opened on Friday, February 1.  Applications for funding for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020) were accepted through Friday, March 1, 2019.

Applications may be submitted the following ways:

(1) Delivered in person the front desk of City Hall

(2) Mailed to: Finance Dept Attn: Lesley Reder, 35 Cabarrus Ave West, Concord NC 28025 (must arrive by March 1, 2019)

(3) Sent via E-mail to RederL@concordnc.gov

Process Steps

 (1) Agencies who requested funding as a part of the FY20 Budget were invited to present their request before City Council on April 9th at 4:00pm in City Council Chambers at 35 Cabarrus Ave, West.

 (2) The City Manager presented the FY2020 City Manager Recommended Operating Budget (including agency requests) to the Mayor & City Council on Friday, May 31st for consideration.

 (3) <upcoming> The Mayor & City Council will hold a budget hearing for public comment on June 13th. 


Please call Lesley Reder at (704) 920-5263 or reach out via email to RederL@concordnc.gov with questions related to the process.


FY20 Proposed External Agency Awards (pending Council Approval)

If you have questions regarding the application materials for Fiscal Year 2019-20 Funding, please see the links below:

FY20 External Agency Application (MS Word)

Summary of City-offered Grants (Adobe PDF)


To request payment of your General or Utility Fund(s) grant award from Fiscal Year 2018-19:

Download and complete this form:

FY19 City of Concord External Agency Payment Request Form (Adobe PDF)

To request payment of your Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant award: Please contact Mary Powell-Carr at carrm@concordnc.gov or (704) 920-5142.

For any other questions, please contact Lesley Reder at (704) 920-5263.