The City of Asheville has opened applications for three grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Funds (HOME) and the Strategic Partnership Fund. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9.
Applicants should be aware that there are some changes to the 2018-19 application procedure. The application process is online and a training webinar is required in order for applicants to access the application.
Links to the webinars are posted on the Community Development Division’s webpage. Because the application process has changed, the City invites the community to walk through the new application with staff.
Technical support sessions
- Jan. 10, 2018, CDBG technical support: Asheville City Hall, 5th floor conference room, 10 a.m. to noon.
- Jan. 20, 2018, Strategic Partnership Fund technical support: Buncombe County Administration Building, 200 College St., main floor conference room, 10 a.m.- noon.
Please note that a previously scheduled Jan. 6 session has been cancelled, as no one registered for it.
Also, City Staff is available to assist at any time prior to application deadline.
*If the SPF technical assistance workshop is canceled due to weather, the snow date will be Jan. 27, 2018.
About the grants
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): This federally funded program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of development needs, including neighborhood stabilization and economic development for low-income individuals. While Congress has not yet passed its budget, the City estimates it will receive $1.1 million in CDBG funds.
- HOME Investment Partnership Funds (HOME): This money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can be used to assist with affordable housing development and permanent emergency housing placement for individuals facing homelessness. While Congress has not yet passed its budget, the City estimates it will receive $1.3 million in HOME funds.
- Strategic Partnership Fund: 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. Proposals for funding each year must demonstrate how the applicant will directly support Asheville City Council’s 2036 Vision. Some $200,400 has been set aside. Find more information here.
Important reminders about this year’s application process:
- The webinar is required in order to access the application/s. Once you complete the webinar, you will receive an email with the link to the application/s. Agency staff who are completing the application must view the webinar. It is strongly encouraged that senior leadership/executive directors view the webinar as well in order to be informed of requirements and process for these federal funding streams.
- We have gone paperless! This year’s application is accessed through an online platform.
- Instructions for how to complete the application will be in the email you receive once you have completed the webinar.
- We are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, concerns and/or technical assistance. This is a new process for all of us, and we are always open to your feedback and suggestions.
Questions? Contact Megan Gaskell at 828-232-4599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.