Strategic Partnership Funds

What are Strategic Partnership Funds (SPF)?

Strategic Partnership Funds are locally paid for out of the City’s general fund. The Strategic Partnership Fund provides funding for nonprofit organizations that serve Asheville residents. Available funding and funding priorities are determined annually by the Asheville City Council. The Housing and Community Development Committee makes its funding recommendations to City Council. The purpose of the Fund is to directly support the Asheville City Council’s 2036 Vision. Proposals for funding each year must demonstrate how the applicant will directly support this vision. Priority is given to applicants that further the Asheville City Council’s Vision 2036 by:

  • Creating opportunities for economic mobility.
  • Addressing disparities in low-wealth neighborhoods, such as health, housing and educational inequities.
  • Developing partnerships to support Asheville City Schools and programs that close the achievement gap.
  • Improving food security and healthy food availability in food deserts.
  • Providing support for small, local, homegrown and minority-owned businesses.
  • Providing services that directly support affordable housing and increased employment opportunities, such as child care, transportation, and job training.


Funding History

Below, please find information on current and past Strategic Partnership Funding awards.

FY 2017-2018
Agency Amount
Asheville Area Arts Council $5,000
Bountiful Cities $11,000
Children First $20,000
Green Opportunities $10,000
Homeward Bound $30,000
i.b.mee (I Be Me) $3,700
 My Daddy Taught Me That $20,000
One Youth at a Time $5,000
OnTrack Financial $12,000
Positive Changes Youth Ministries $6,500
Project Lighten Up


Read to Succeed $5,000
The SPARC Foundation $13,300
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe $1,400
YWCA of Asheville and WNC $12,000
Total $158,400


FY 2016-2017

Agency Funding Amount
Asheville Area Arts Council $10,000
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project $5,000
Asheville Design Center $2,000
Bountiful Cities $11,000
Children First $20,000
HACA Residents Council $10,000
Homeward Bound $30,000
My Daddy Taught Me That $20,000
OnTrack Financial $12,000
One Youth at a Time $5,000
Partners Unlimited $5,000
Project Lighten Up $3,500
Read to Succeed $4,000
 United Way $2,000
WNC New Economy Coalition $6,900
YWCA $12,000
Total $158,400