The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program provides access to funds to implement projects that will improve the quality of life in Asheville’s neighborhoods.
Donor Name: City of Asheville
State: North Carolina
Type of Grant: Grant | Matching Grants
Deadline: All Time
Size of the Grant: $1000 to $10,000
Grant Duration: 1 Year
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. 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 increase civic participation
- Empower neighborhoods to self-determine improvement projects
- Create and strengthen partnerships between the City and community groups.
What types of projects can be funded?
Asheville’s Neighborhood Matching Grants program supports a wide range of imaginative projects that produce shared benefits and improve a neighborhood’s quality of life. Any project that is submitted must meet the following criteria:
- Projects must provide a public, neighborhood benefit.
- Projects must have the ability to be completed in 12 months or less.
- Projects must occur within the neighborhood and be accessible to the public. Projects where something is permanently installed or affixed must occur only on public property or property owned by the neighborhood organization.
- Projects must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
- Projects must demonstrate a 1:1 dollar match, which can be contributed using cash, volunteer hours, donated services, etc. A minimum of 50 percent of the match must be made in volunteer hours, which is calculated using the national volunteer hourly rate.
Eligible Project Ideas
Projects that address a neighborhood issue or need in one of the following categories are eligible. This list is not exhaustive.
- Physical improvement projects
- Neighborhood identity projects
- Community building events
- Environmental projects
- Public safety projects
- Marketing and branding
- Organizational development and capacity building
- Programming (cannot be programming that is currently ongoing)
- Kickstart funding for new neighborhood organizations.
Neighborhood Matching Grant funds are available to any neighborhood organization in the City of Asheville that has registered with the City’s neighborhood organization registration program.
Generally speaking, groups that fall under any of the following organization types are eligible to register as a neighborhood organization and apply for a Neighborhood Matching Grant:
- Neighborhood associations
- Homeowners associations
- Neighborhood-based coalitions, defined as groups of nearby neighborhood organizations or neighborhood and business associations formally associated to enhance and support their area
- Resident organizations/councils, including City of Asheville Housing Authority properties.
For more information, visit City of Asheville.