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 opens on Friday, January 31.  Applications for funding for Fiscal Year 2020-21 (July 1, 2020- June 30, 2021) will be accepted through Friday, February 28, 2020.

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:


Process Steps

(1) Agencies who request funding as a part of the FY 2021 Budget will be invited to present their request before City Council on April 7, 2020 in City Council Chambers at 35 Cabarrus Ave, West.

(2) The City Manager will present the FY 2021 City Manager Recommended Operating Budget (including agency requests) to the Mayor & City Council in May 2020 for consideration.

(3) The Mayor & City Council will hold a budget hearing for public comment on June 11, 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.