Community Outreach 

The New Hanover County ABC Board will start in its Fiscal Year 2022 directing part of its profits back to the community through a distribution under Alcohol Education. Most ABC Boards across North Carolina are required by state law to make this Alcohol Education distribution. New Hanover County ABC Board is one of the few Counties that were not required to make this distribution, but in 2020 made the decision to voluntarily start making this in the Fiscal Year 2022. Once we allocate funds needed to operate the system, the ABC Board must return at least seven percent (7%) of profits from the sale of distilled spirits to qualified non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations which are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or to governmental entities such as the State of North Carolina and its agencies, municipal corporations, and political subdivisions of the State that provide substance abuse prevention, education, treatment, or research for the benefit of New Hanover County citizens.

Community Grantmaking

In 2020, the New Hanover County ABC Board looked to broaden the scope of giving to reach more nonprofits doing innovative and meaningful work in the community around substance abuse education, prevention, treatment or research by developing our own grant program. Each year, eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits may apply for grants by completing our grant application. If you know of a nonprofit that does innovative work in the field of substance abuse, please direct them to our grant program page for more information.

Current Grant Partners

There is great value in partnering with non-profit organizations whose work contributes to the mission of the ABC Board’s Community Health & Wellness Grant Program. Their commitment to reducing alcohol and/or substance abuse in the community is unwavering and greatly appreciated.

The ABC Board’s current grant partners include:


The Board of Directors awarded $620,000 to the following grant partners:

Annual Grant Program

     Coastal Horizons
     $50,000 Coastal Horizons Healthy Families Program

     Tides, Inc.
     $70,000 Restoration & Resilience: A Training Program for Moms in Recovery

     Peer Recovery Resources
     $50,000 Peer Recovery Resources

     Brigade Boys & Girls Club
     $100,000 SMART Moves: Healthy Decision for a Lifetime, Alcohol & Drug Prevention

     The Centre of Redemption DBA A Safe Place
     $50,000 Supportive Housing Plan

     Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington
     $50,000 Building Great Futures

     Leading Into New Communities, Inc.
     $100,000 Leading Into New Communities, Inc.

     First Fruit Ministries
     $50,000 Outreach and Substance Abuse Treatment for Homeless Communities

     The Carousel Center

     $100,000 Trauma Therapy for Child Survivors of Abuse


The Board of Directors awarded $510,000.