Strategic Partnership Funds

2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot

The Strategic Partnership Fund (SPF) has provided funding for nonprofit organizations that serve Asheville residents linked to City Council Strategic Priorities. Through feedback from the Housing & Community Development Committee (HCD), community members, and Community & Economic Development Department staff, work is underway to refine the scope of the SPF program to address impacts of the opportunity gap by supporting school-aged children in and out of the classroom.

In an effort to test recommendations prior to finalizing the comprehensive restructuring of the SPF program, the City of Asheville is implementing an SPF pilot in Fiscal Year 2022-2023. This pilot will provide much-needed financial resources to the community at the start of the July 2022 – June 2023 budget year while providing necessary data to finalize long-term program refinement. 

Find more information about the pilot program here.

Please direct any additional questions about the 2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot to 2022StrategicPartnershipPilot@publicinput.com.

 


What are Strategic Partnership Funds (SPF)?

Strategic Partnership Funds are locally paid from the City’s general fund. The program provides funding for nonprofit organizations that serve Asheville residents. Available funding and priorities are determined by the Asheville City Council. The Housing and Community Development Committee makes its funding recommendations to City Council.

Strategic Priority Focus Areas for the 2022 Strategic Partnership Pilot based on the Opportunity Gap Ecosystem: 

Education

Includes programs that impact:

  • Literacy and Language
  • Early Childhood Education
  • K-12, Vocational and Higher Education

Community and Social Context

Includes programs that impact: 

  • Family Support/Networks
  • Social Integration
  • Support Systems
  • Community Engagement
  • Discrimination
  • Stress

Neighborhood and Physical Environment 

Includes programs that impact: 

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Parks and Playgrounds
  • Walkability

Pilot Program Updates

July 26, 2022 – Upcoming

Recommended allocation will be presented to City Council

July 19, 2022 – Upcoming

Recommended allocations will be presented to the Housing and Community Development Committee Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at 9 am EST.

July 14, 2022

Special Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting to hear Strategic Partnership Grant Applicant Presentations

July 12, 2022

2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot Program applications closed.

July 5, 2022

Please submit Strategic Partnership Pilot Grant Program questions prior to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8 to ensure staff has time to review and respond prior to the July 12 application deadline.
Compiled Answers to Questions (to date) – Updated 7/5/2022

2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot Program applications opened.

June 14, 2022

2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot program announced.

The following are key eligibility application criteria for this pilot grant program:

  • Applicants must be certified non-profit organizations.
    • Agencies that do not have non-profit status have the option to use a certified non-profit organization as a fiscal agent. 
  • Award minimum will be $20,000 per program. 
    • Applications for less than $20,000 will not be considered.
  • Programs selected for grant funding need to address the opportunity gap for school-aged youth in one of the following categories:
    • Education
    • Community and Social Context
    • Neighborhood and Physical Environment

How can you apply? 

The application period for the 2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot is now closed. Stay tuned for the launch of the restructured grant program next year.


Learn More

Email us your questions at 2022StrategicPartnershipPilot@publicinput.com

Visit the  2022 Strategic Partnership Grant Pilot webpage.