Commitment to the Community

As an arm of the City of Charlotte, the CRVA is involved in a number of civic and charitable initiatives including the United Way of Central Carolinas, which is linked to more than 80 nonprofit organizations in the community, the Arts & Science Council, Leadership Charlotte, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Charlotte Playground Build among others.

Supporting our vision to deliver experiences that enrich the lives of our visitors and community, the CRVA also has a grant program that provides robust marketing and communications support to special events and/or projects that draw visitors to the area and create a lasting economic impact in our region. Events that have been supported by the grant program include the Festival of India, Charlotte Black Gay Pride, Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, Queen City Brewers Festival, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival.

Additionally, the CRVA sponsors the “Care a lot” program through Visit Charlotte. Partnering with Hands on Charlotte, a nonprofit volunteer service that supports dozens of nonprofits, the “Care a lot” program ensures that meetings and events coming to town can be linked with a group in need, paving the way for meeting attendees to leave their mark on the city. Past participants in the “Care a lot” program include the Concrete Décor Show partnering with the Charlotte Rescue Mission, the National Funeral Directors Association partnering with Habitat for Humanity, and the American Bus Association partnering with A Child’s Place.