Upcoming Events And Engagement Opportunities

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Upcoming Events and Engagement Opportunities


Civic Leadership Academy Applications are now OPEN – Apply by August 21! 


The City of Charlotte’s Civic Leadership Academy is a free program specifically designed for residents like you – Charlotteans who are ready to take the next step in being community leaders and improving the quality of life in all of Charlotte’s neighborhoods. The experience will provide participants an opportunity to grow in their leadership, understand how the City of Charlotte works, analyze issues using data, connect with decision-makers, and make a difference in their communities.


During the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), you will:


  • Receive a personalized leadership assessment
  • Learn how to effectively use your leadership style to positively impact the community
  • Enhance your understanding of Charlotte history and culture
  • Develop relationships with other leaders in the community and local government
  • Learn how to navigate issues through local government
  • Commit to using your leadership skills in the broader community


Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and work with other leaders to create a community where every voice is heard.


The Fall 2022 CLA will be held as a hybrid series, with a mix of in-person and virtual sessions. Participants must commit to missing no more than three sessions. Review the workshop schedule and apply online.  


Applications must be received by August 21 at 11:59 p.m. CLA sessions will begin September 21.


For additional information, contact Cynthia Woods at cynthia.woods@charlottenc.gov or 704-336-2646.



Attend a Neighborhood Matching Grant Pre-Application Workshop to learn how your neighborhood can receive up to $25k!


The Neighborhood Matching Grants Program (NMG) awards up to $25,000 to eligible neighborhood-based organizations to complete projects including art, beautification, signage, festivals, sustainability, safety improvements, community gardens, recreational features and more! Applications are accepted March 1, June 1, and September 1, annually. Organizations match funds received with at least 50% volunteer labor, the remaining match may be in the form of more volunteer labor, cash, or in-kind donations (equipment, supplies, professional services, etc.).


Participation in a pre-application workshop is required. To get started, attend one of the following workshops or view the workshop presentation and program guidelines online


  • Thursday, August 4, 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Monday, August 8, 6 - 7 p.m.  
  • Wednesday, August 10, 12 - 1 p.m.  
  • Thursday, August 18, 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Monday, August 22, 6 - 7 p.m.  



These workshops will take place via Zoom. To participate, please register here. For more information, contact Jackie Clare at jackie.clare@charlottenc.gov.   



Applications are now open for the upcoming Neighborhood Board Retreat - Apply by August 1 


Are you a newly formed neighborhood organization? Has your organization recently undergone leadership changes? Is your neighborhood in need of improvements such as additional street signage or lights? If so, consider applying for the Neighborhood Board Retreat.


The Neighborhood Board Retreat helps neighborhood and business associations assess the current state of their community, identify and prioritize strategic goals, create action plans and improve the quality of life in Charlotte’s neighborhoods. The retreat is an opportunity for you to connect with your neighbors and work together to bring about positive change in your community. Additionally, eligible neighborhoods have the opportunity to receive a credit of up to $1500 toward volunteer hours required for the Neighborhood Matching Grant.


The retreat will be on August 20 at Central Piedmont Community College-Central Campus located at 1206 Elizabeth Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You must have at least five participants from your neighborhood or business association register for your neighborhood to be considered. The application is available online and will only take a few minutes.


Capacity for the retreat is limited. Neighborhoods will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to first-time attendees. The deadline to apply is August 1. 


Visit our website to learn more about the Neighborhood Board Retreat. You can also view past neighborhood summaries to learn what other Charlotte neighborhoods have identified as priorities for their communities. 


If you have questions regarding the retreat, please contact Nichelle Wilson at nichelle.wilson@charlottenc.gov.



Community Engagement | Training On Demand 

Have you had a chance to check out our Training on Demand page? The Training on Demand page provides access to a number of pre-recorded trainings 24/7. New training opportunities include: 



We continue to add new trainings to the Training on Demand page regularly and we are always open to suggestions. If you have suggestions for future trainings, please reach out to Nichelle Wilson at nichelle.wilson@charlottenc.gov.



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