Fall 2017 Grants

Augustine Literacy Project

Charlotte, NC

General operating support for a literacy intervention program delivered by highly trained volunteer tutors serving 175 students in high-poverty elementary schools $35,000


State Level – NC

General operating support for independent research and reporting on K-12 education to build public will for teachers and school leaders and to expand educational opportunities for all children in NC $60,000
(over 2 years)

International House

Charlotte, NC

Program support for the Rising Readers program, which provides intense literary support over the summer months to a growing population of English language learning students in CMS $40,000

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University

State Level – NC

Program support to enhance the state-funded evaluation of the Advanced Role pilots in select districts $99,894
(over 3 years)


Charlotte, NC

General operating support for an afterschool program with a focus on literacy for 125 immigrant and refugee children from Title 1 schools $25,000

Profound Gentlemen

Charlotte, NC

Support to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan and continued program support to retain male educators of color in the education profession in the Charlotte area $50,000

Research Triangle Institute

State Level – NC

Program support for the North Carolina Large District Consortium, which provides resources for the 12 highest population districts’ Superintendents and Chief Acadmic Officers to deepen their knowledge and implement evidence-based policies and strategies $50,000


Charlotte, NC

Program support for a year-round program for 230 low-income students that provides out-of-school-time academic and spiritual development $40,000

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Program support for the Y Readers summer program, closing the achievement gap and preventing summer learning loss for 640 students at eight CMS school sites $75,000

Better Basics

Birmingham, AL

Program support for the Reading Intervention program, providing instruction by certified teachers to struggling readers in grades 1-3 in Birmingham City Public Schools $25,000*

* Denotes Legacy Transition Grant. Historically, The Belk Foundation awarded grants in communities throughout the South, with more recent emphasis in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL. In May 2016, the Foundation Board decided to hone its focus on its home state of North Carolina. We are deeply grateful for the many partners and educators that we have learned from and engaged with over the years and will invest in a small group of Atlanta and Birmingham-based organizations through 2018.

Spring 2018 Grants