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Community Investment Notice

We are not accepting applications for Isaac Coleman Grants at this time. This is a 3-year grant program, and the current cohort goes through FY2026. The next round of applications will open in December 2025.

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Isaac Coleman

Named for local social justice champion Isaac Coleman, the Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment Grant program calls for targeted investments in our communities that are working toward eliminating racial disparities and to champion equitable opportunity.

This fund aims to support Buncombe County’s Racial Equity Action Plan (REAP) to:

  • Enhance quality of life for all individuals through equitable opportunities, such as increasing economic growth and educational improvement in communities;
  • Expand community partnerships in equity programs to build social capital by increasing trust among community members and supporting the ability of communities to work together for a common goal;
  • Increase the self-organization of community members and capacity of community leaders toward a shared goal while using cultural identity to provide a sense of “place” for communities, bringing them together around cultural pride and ownership.

Isaac Coleman Grant Review Group

  • Dr. Frank Castelblanco
  • Natasha Adwaters
  • Sandy Feutz
  • Kristy Carter
  • Kenny Armstrong
  • Leslie Hennessee

Locate & Contact

Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment


Rachael Nygaard
Director of Strategic Partnerships
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-6536

Community Investment
200 College Street, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28801

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