2019 Tipping Point Grants

Buncombe County’s annual Tipping Point Grants will be awarded for $5,000 per project.

This year, the focus will be on initiatives that complement efforts of the Commissioners’ six strategic priorities, listed below:

  • Affordable housing
  • Clean, renewable energy
  • Diverse community workforce
  • Early childhood education
  • Justice resource support
  • Opioid awareness

Purpose of the Grants

The intention of the initiative is to provide financial infusion and bolster existing community connections and communication platforms. This happens as the County increases nonprofit visibility through media awareness and as you meet other like-minded organizations through work sessions and other networking opportunities. Ultimately, the project will assist the development of leaders, while increasing your connections and ability to communicate your work with the community.

Who is Eligible?

Buncombe County Tipping Point Grants are open to nonprofits and individual innovators (in partnership with a nonprofit). Grants are allocated for $5,000 per project. Nonprofits that have received Tipping Point Grants in the past are eligible to reapply.

Application Guidelines

  • Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 30, 2019.
  • The organization must be a Buncombe County-based nonprofit with 501c3 or a similar charitable IRS tax exempt designation. All individual innovators must be in partnership with a nonprofit agency.
  • Projects must meet a public purpose and fall within County authority to fund, per NC General Statutes.
  • Insurance may be required depending on the nature of the project.
  • A signed agreement (including project scope, budget, and reporting terms) will be required for all projects.
  • Financial and outcomes reporting will be required.
  • Submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.
  • All projects must be complete and funds fully expended by June 30, 2020.

Applications are available online at www.buncombecounty.org/governing/community-investment/grants/tipping-point.aspx. Printed applications can be picked up at 199 College Street in downtown Asheville.

For more details, contact Rebecca Brothers, Buncombe County Community Engagement Office, at (828) 250-4103 or (828) 424-1976.


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