Buncombe County Announces Third Year of Tipping Point Grants

The application process is now open for 2018 Tipping Point Grants.

Rather than supporting existing nonprofit organizations, which use other avenues to apply for funding, Tipping Point grants are designed to support the efforts of ordinary people working within the community. Examples include planting a community garden, advocating for students within the school system, and organizing the neighborhood to pick up trash and keep community spaces clean.

Tipping Point grants tip the scale toward greater resiliency by adding positive factors—local connections, communications, and development of community leaders—and offloading negative factors that harm the community’s development, including isolation, hopelessness, and violence. These initiatives help build out a resource grid in our community that enables all of us to be safer and healthier.

2018 Tipping Point Grants will be awarded for $5,000 per project. In addition to receiving grant applications for new community initiatives and projects, community members are needed to serve on the Tipping Point Review Team.

Who is eligible?

Applications are required, and must be from individuals or groups that have come together around a common vision. Previous recipients are not eligible to re-apply for a continuation or expansion of a project.

Free grant-writing workshops, open to all those interested, will be hosted by Buncombe County on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 1–3 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. at 200 College St. Participants will get support on writing proposals and can finish the workshop with an application ready to go and/or submitted.

Those interested may apply online at www.buncombecounty.org/apply or pick up hard-copy applications at the third-floor reception desk at 200 College St., in downtown Asheville. The deadline for submitting a grant is 5 p.m. Oct. 12, 2018.

To become a member of the Tipping Point Review Team

To ensure that citizens will be actively involved in the grant-making process, the county is looking for seven (7) community members to be part of the Tipping Point Grant Application Review Team. This team will be responsible for reviewing grant applications and selecting this year’s award recipients. Those interested in being on the Tipping Point Community Review Team must submit their applications no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2018

For more information, or to acquire an application for a grant or the review team, visit, please visit buncombecounty.org, or contact Rasheeda McDaniels, (828) 250-4102, or Rasheeda.mcdaniels@buncombecounty.org.


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