July 5, 2022 Update

Please submit Strategic Partnership Pilot Grant Program questions prior to 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 8 to ensure staff has time to review and respond prior to the July 12 application deadline.

Compiled Answers to Questions (to date) - Updated 7/5/2022

June 22, 2022 Update


The Strategic Partnership Fund (SPF) has provided funding for nonprofit organizations that serve Asheville residents linked to City Council Strategic Priorities. Through feedback from the Housing & Community Development Committee (HCD), community members, and Community & Economic Development Department staff, work is underway to refine the scope of the SPF program to address impacts of the opportunity gap by supporting school-aged children in and out of the classroom.


In an effort to test recommendations prior to finalizing the comprehensive restructure of the SPF program, the City of Asheville is implementing an SPF pilot in Fiscal Year 2022-2023. This pilot will provide much-needed financial resources to the community at the start of the new fiscal  year while providing necessary data to finalize long-term program refinement. 


Strategic Priority Focus Areas for the 2022 Strategic Partnership Pilot based on the Opportunity Gap Ecosystem: 


 Includes programs that impact: 

  • Literacy and Language
  • Early Childhood Education
  • K-12, Vocational and Higher Education

Community and Social Context

Includes programs that impact: 

  • Family Support/Networks
  • Social Integration
  • Support Systems
  • Community Engagement
  • Discrimination
  • Stress

Neighborhood and Physical Environment 

Includes programs that impact: 

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Safety
  • Parks and Playgrounds
  • Walkability


How can you apply? 

Applications will be accepted from June 22, 2022 - July 12, 2022.

Review the application (PDF)

Submit a completed application online. 


Learn More

Non Mandatory Virtual Meeting - Monday, June 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Email us your questions at 2022StrategicPartnershipPilot@publicinput.com

Visit the webpage


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June 14, 2022 Update

Applications Details will be posted to this page soon.


The following are key eligibility application criteria for this pilot grant program:

  • Applicants must be certified non-profit organizations.
    • Agencies that do not have non-profit status have the option to use a certified non-profit organization as a fiscal agent. 
  • Award minimum will be $20,000 per program. 
    • Applications for less than $20,000 will not be considered.
  • Programs selected for grant funding need to address the opportunity gap for school-aged youth in one of the following categories:
    • Education
    • Community and Social Context
    • Neighborhood and Physical Environment


Application Schedule

The table below show the intended schedule for this application. The City will make every effort to adhere to this schedule.

EventDate and Time
Issue ApplicationJune 22, 2022
Non-Mandatory Application Pre-Proposal Virtual Meeting WorkshopMonday, June 27, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. EST
Applications DueJuly 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. EST
Applicant Presentations to Housing and Community Development CommitteeThursday, July 14, 2022 at 9 a.m. EST
Recommended Allocations presented to the Housing and Community Development CommitteeTuesday, July 19, 2022 at 9 a.m. EST
Recommended Allocations presented to City CouncilJuly 26, 2022