As a part of this year’s budget process, City of Asheville staff heard from our community that new City investments in neighborhoods were very important. To respond to that need the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget includes $200,000 to launch a Neighborhood Grant Program.
This program is designed specifically for neighborhood-based organizations:
- Neighborhood associations;
- Homeowners associations;
- Neighborhood coalitions; and
- Resident organizations in tax credit-funded communities.
These organizations must represent a specific geographic location within Asheville city limits and have completed or are in the process of completing their Neighborhood Registration Form.
What kinds of projects can be funded?
Neighborhoods are encouraged to submit creative project ideas such as landscaping, murals, festivals, community art and cultural festivals. Traffic calming, public safety, marking and branding and organizational development can also be considered.
The Neighborhood Grant Program’s goal is to build neighborhood capacity and increase civic participation. Projects must be achievable within 12 months of contract execution, and there must be a dollar-for-dollar match through cash, volunteer hours, or in-kind donation of goods or services.
Neighborhoods can submit applications from October 1 – 31.