Racial Healing Mini Grants

Asheville Healing Mini Grant Project

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Update 1/19/2021: The following organizations will receive funding in 2021:

  • Operation Gateway (Collaborative project: Workforce Development/YMI Cultural Center and Change Agent Cooper LLC)
  • West Buncombe Community Organizing
  • Center for Participatory Change
  • SecretHypeMan’s Music Edutainment Racial Healing Project
  • MLK Remembrance Coalition
  • Race Relation Station
  • Clinicians Of Color Movement
  • Matic Flow Yoga and Wellness Racial Equity and Healing Justice project
  • Artists Designing Evolution (adé PROJECT)
  • Delta House Life Development of Asheville, Inc


Update 12/7/2021 – The City of Asheville now accepts applications for Asheville racial healing mini-grants. The intent of the racial healing grants are to invest in projects already established in the community. The mini-grants represent a total community investment of almost $40,000.



This is the second year that the City of Asheville is administering the racial healing mini-grants.

The City of Asheville received the NC Innovation and Implementation Grant from  the Government Alliance on Race and Equity to partially fund this project. GARE is a national network of government jurisdictions working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The City is a member of GARE and has worked to train City staff on equity and inclusion to create more capacity for operating and decision-making with equity in mind. 


January 2021-Application Deadline

February 2021-Announcement of recipients

Supporting Documents

E&I Mini Grants FAQ sheet 

2019 Recipients

Contact Information

Yashika Smith, Inclusive Engagement and Leadership Manager
Office of Equity & Inclusion



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