Foundation / Corporation
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC)
05/10/19 5:00 PM
Grants of up to $50,000 to Buncombe County, North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to enhance the local economy. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects in financial education, workforce training, affordable housing, homegrown businesses, entrepreneurship, and academic youth success.
The Asheville Merchants Fund (AMF) seeks to improve the quality of life in Buncombe County by supporting innovative projects that strengthen the community through economic effects in one or more of its Funding Priorities.
Projects must target economic benefit for Buncombe County residents. Priority will be given to projects comprehensively addressing one or more of the following Funding Priorities:
1. Innovative Economic Approaches
- Community asset development: Investing in emerging local economies, especially those related to home-grown businesses
- Entrepreneurship: Resources for entrepreneurs, including access to training, service providers and capital to accelerate business success
2. Quality Jobs and Workforce
- Living wage work: Recruitment, retention and expansion of businesses providing high-quality, well-paying jobs
- Appropriate skills: Training for jobs that are in demand and critical to community viability
- Non-traditional training and employment services: Flexible schedules, short-term certificate programs and community-based (versus academic institutional) settings
3. Social Infrastructure
- Programs contributing to family economic success, including financial education and asset development
- Affordable housing: Developing effective strategies and supporting implementation
- Services that increase employees’ ability to participate fully in the workforce, including health and wellness or dependent care
4. Youth Success in School
- Middle and high school students: Targeted academic (particularly in math, science and technology) and non-academic activities related to job skill development
- Family support: Improving the home environment for learning
AMF supports organizations that have the capacity and vision to develop multi-faceted programs to help Buncombe County and its citizens thrive in the emerging economic environment. Factors considered in evaluating applications include:
- Focus on a critical need that addresses a gap in existing services or continues a proven program
- Defined, measurable results that can be achieved within the grant period and make a long-term difference in the lives of the beneficiaries
- Skilled leadership with the potential to carry out innovative, integrated efforts effectively in one or more of the focus areas
- Demonstrate partnerships that will enhance the potential for project success
Additional Funding Parameters:
- New or existing programs are eligible for support.
- Operating expenses may be approved if the application clearly demonstrates how the proposed work is critically important to achieving the goals of the AMF Grant Program in a significant, time-limited way.
- Programs proposed must be carried out within Buncombe County.
GrantWatch ID#: 149302
Approximately five to eight grants are awarded during each two-year funding cycle.
The Fund provides grants of up to $50,000 over two years.
Funding will be available for program expenses incurred during the grant period, which will begin July 1, 2019, and end no later than June 30, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the online Letter of Intent: http://www.cfwnc.org/Nonprofits/OnlineGrants.aspx
Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer
For technical assistance:
Diane Crisp, Grants Manager
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
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