What are Neighborhood Matching Grants?

The Neighborhood Matching Grants Program (NMG) helps Asheville’s neighborhood-based organizations fund various improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant of up to $5,000 dollars. The program is designed to strengthen relationships between neighbors, cultivate the spirit of volunteerism, and create projects for the benefit of their communities. 

The City of Asheville’s goal is to:

  • Build neighborhood capacity and and increase civic participation

  • Empower neighborhoods to self-determine improvement projects

  • Create and strengthen partnerships between the City and community groups

Who Can Apply?

Eligible recipients of NMG funds must meet the following requirements: Must represent a specific geographic location within Asheville city limits, completed or in the process of completing their “Plan on a Page,” and are a neighbor-based organization (Neighborhood Associations, Homeowners Associations, Neighborhood Coalition, and Resident Organizations in Tax Credit Funded Communities). 


What Types of Projects Can Be Funded?

Asheville’s Neighborhood Matching Grants program aims to fund projects or programs that produce shared benefits with the goal of improving the neighborhood’s quality of life. Any project that is submitted must meet the following criteria:

  • Be achievable within 12 months of contract execution

  • Occur within Asheville’s city limits

  • Provide a public benefit and be accessible to all members of the community

  • Be planned, organized and implemented by community members

  • Must provide a dollar-for-dollar match (Cash, Volunteer hours, In-Kind Donation of Goods or Services)

Neighborhoods are encouraged to submit creative project ideas. There are a variety of projects that can be supported with NMG including: Landscaping, Murals, Community Art, Cultural Festivals, Traffic Calming, Public Safety, Marketing and Branding, Organizational Development, and more. 


How Can Your Neighborhood Apply?

You can apply for a Neighborhood Matching Grant in five easy steps:

  1. Confirm Your Neighborhood’s Eligibility

  2. Review the NMG Program Materials

  3. Select your neighborhood’s project

  4. Begin Application

  5. Submit the completed application



Informational Flyer Available here


Application Open Date: October 1
Applicant Workshop:October 1 6-7pm
Application Close Date:October 31
Panel Review: Early November



Contact Information


Jeremy Lett, Neighborhood Services Specialist

 [email protected]