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Aging Services Funding

Supporting a system of home and community-based services for older adults.

Background

The BASA serves as an advisory body to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners made up of a body of volunteers who meet on a monthly basis to:

  1. Provide County Commissioners with funding recommendations for aging services;
  2. Monitor the delivery of those services and look for ways to improve/expand them;
  3. Advocate for aging services on the local, state, and national levels;
  4. Research and write Buncombe County’s Five-Year Aging Plan, which sets the overall priorities and course for aging, is required to receive Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) funds from the N.C. Division of Aging, and which identifies the rolls of local agencies in providing services at the county level and meeting the needs of such groups.

Aging Plan

The Buncombe County Aging Plan (2018-2022) reflects the vision of an age-friendly community where older adults are safe, well and engaged. It has established the following goals for our community:

  1. Prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults.
  2. Prevent financial fraud, scams and exploitation of older adults.
  3. Improve health and wellbeing among older adults.
  4. Improve and support financial wellbeing among older adults.
  5. Improve and support caregiver wellbeing.
  6. Increase older adults’ access to transportation.
  7. Improve older adults’ access to services and supports.
  8. Increase age-friendly capability of Buncombe County.

Available Funding Sources

North Carolina Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) Funds

HCCBG funds are for persons 60 years of age and older and their unpaid primary caregivers in need of in-home and community based services.
Services funded through the block grant include the following:


  • Adult Day Programs
  • Care Management
  • Congregate Nutrition
  • Group Respite
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Health Screening
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Skilled Home Care
  • Housing and Home Improvement
  • Information and Options Counseling
  • In-Home Aide
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Respite Care
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Volunteer Program Development
  • Consumer Directed Services
  • Overnight Respite Service
  • Transportation

Buncombe County Supplemental Funds

The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners provides additional funds to supplement and fund services that are outside of the allowable HCCBG categories.

Innovation Fund

Per the Aging Plan, the BASA designates a small percentage of the County Supplemental funds to invest in new solutions. For FY20, $25,000 (approximately 5%) will fund the following:

  • Programs/services that address identified unmet need or gap in service; AND
    • Programs/services that approach old problems in a new way,
    • New, innovative or non-traditional collaborations, AND/OR
    • Existing collaborations to operate in new ways

Applications

Note: Funding is allocated on an annual basis, in alignment with the fiscal year July 1 through June 30.
Applications are typically due in February.
The application process is facilitated by Land-of-Sky Regional Council. Funding recommendations made by the Buncombe Aging Services Alliance (BASA) in alignment with the goals of the Aging Plan, with final funding approvals made by the Board of Commissioners of Buncombe County.
Buncombe County has committed to utilizing Results Based Accountability (RBA) as a framework for monitoring progress and evaluating the impact of the Aging Plan. Programs awarded (HCCBG) funding will be required to adhere to those funding requirements.

Locate & Contact

Aging Services Funding

Contact

Jennifer Teague, M.A.
Adult and Aging Services Program Manager
P. (828) 250-5198

Adult and Aging Services
40 Coxe Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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