The application process for Buncombe County’s Tipping Point Grants officially opens on Feb. 10, 2020. Tipping Point Grants are supported through general county funds, which are budgeted as part of Buncombe County’s annual budget. The amount for fiscal year 2021 (FY21) is $100,000, subject to budget adoption.
Tipping Point Grants are allocated at $5,000 per project. Organizations are required to apply online at buncombecounty.org/apply. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 13, 2020. Buncombe County is also seeking volunteers to serve on the review team.
Who is Eligible?
Buncombe County Tipping Point Grants are open for nonprofits and individual innovators in partnership with a nonprofit looking for financial support to enhance community benefit projects. Tipping Point Grants are seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations working to help support County Commissioners’ focus areas; environmental and energy stewardship, educated and capable community, vibrant economy, and resident well-being. For more information on applicant criteria please see the attached FY21 grant guidelines. Grant writing workshops (optional for applicants) will be held throughout February at 200 College Street, in the ground floor conference room. Free parking will be available in the County garage at 164 College Street. The workshop schedule is available at buncombecounty.org/grants.
Help Shape Our Community Investments, Volunteer for the Review Team
Buncombe County is seeking volunteers with a unique perspective on community-based initiatives to serve on the Tipping Point Grant review team. The review team is a volunteer position and we’re looking for community members who are able to analyze grant applications effectively against specific criteria to support grassroots programs or ideas to strengthen our communities through these small, innovative grants.
The review team will be made up of nine volunteers who must have ties to Buncombe County and will be selected based on meeting criteria and responses from the submitted application.
Interested in this opportunity? Please see the attached file for more information. Apply online at buncombecounty.org/apply. The deadline to apply for the review team is Friday, Feb. 13, 2020, at 5 p.m.
The Tipping Point in Our Community
Tipping Point Grants are small grants to help amplify community efforts. These grants will either fuel what is already happening or allow individuals to develop local projects that create pathways to greater resiliency in our community – actions that will stack positive factors, such as stronger connection, communication, and development of community leaders, while offloading negative factors like isolation, hopelessness, and violence. These initiatives help build out a resource grid in our community that enables everyone to be safer and healthier. The intention of the program is to not only provide a financial infusion, but also bolster existing community connections and communication platforms. All individual innovators must be in partnership with a nonprofit agency.