About Us

About Us

Providing grants for struggling small businesses.

Creative Allies Cares is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization. We offer marketing grants to underserved businesses. Founded in 2017, we focused on supporting veteran-owned businesses. In 2020, we now provide grants for struggling small businesses of all types.

grants for struggling small businesses
Grants for struggling small businesses

At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

Denzel Washington

Our Activity

What We Do

We help with marketing grants, networking, peer advice, and educational content. Over time, we will add larger brands to financially support these businesses.

Cash Grants

Donations to provide marketing grants to underserved businesses. 


Services from partners at a discounted rate to members of our community.


Online events for business educate and opportunities to attend partner events.

When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.

Maya Angelou

Meet The Team

Key Volunteers

Our volunteers work hard to create the community for Creative Allies Cares. They identify businesses to help and events to host. Also, we look for corporations to partner with for our mission.

Amie Thompson of Creative Allies Cares, grants for struggling small businesses
Amie Thompson

President & CEO, Creative Allies

Cark Rinehart

Director of Community, The Loading Dock Raleigh

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Greg Lucas

Director, Preservation Hall Foundation and Co-Founder of Creative Allies

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Johnny Hackett, Jr.

Founder & CEO, #BlackDollarNC

Kevin McClendon

Co-Host of The Sports Shop Radio and Veterans Advocate

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Nicki Coen

Project Coordinator, Creative Allies

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Stephanie Caudle

Founder & CEO, Black Girl Group

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Zarrin Alam

Marketing Analytics, Creative Allies