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Grant Application Notice

The application process for the next grant cycle will open on December 14, 2020, for funding that begins July 1, 2021.

Tipping Point Grants

Partnering with Communities for Better Outcomes.

What are Tipping Point Grants?

These are small grants aimed at catalyzing existing efforts in our community by strengthening current programs or facilitating creation of new projects to supplement your existing mission. Tipping Point Grants will be awarded for $5,000 per project.

The intention of the program is to not only provide a financial infusion, but bolster existing community connections and communication platforms. This happens as the County increases nonprofit visibility through media awareness and as you meet other like-minded organizations through work sessions and other networking opportunities. Ultimately, we are looking to develop leaders while increasing your connections and ability to communicate your work with the community. Those efforts will also help lead to eliminating barriers such as isolation and hopelessness.

All projects will be a part of a Buncombe County-based nonprofit with 501c3 or a similar charitable IRS tax exempt designation. All individual innovators must be in partnership with a nonprofit agency.


In 2016, the Health Federation of Philadelphia awarded Buncombe County a grant to mobilize actions to building more resilient communities. This initial funding showed how small investments in communities could yield huge results and amplify community involvement.

Last year, we supported mentoring programs, leadership development, teen afterschool programs, community healing circles, and several multilingual community multimedia platforms. Because of the success of the Tipping Point Grants in our communities the Buncombe County Commissioners approved funding this year to continue investing in community efforts.

Who is Eligible for Tipping Point Grants?

Buncombe County Tipping Point Grants are open for nonprofits and individual innovators in partnership with a nonprofit looking for a cash infusion.

Tipping Point Grants are allocated for $5,000 per project. This funding source is aimed at bolstering and individual innovative ideas and existing nonprofits that are vital to the health of our community. Nonprofits that have received Tipping Point Grants in the past are eligible to reapply.

Applying for Tipping Point Grants

Grant applications are required.


When applying for Tipping Point Grants, applicants acknowledge the following:

  • Submitting an application is not a guarantee of funding.
  • Your organization must be a Buncombe County-based nonprofit with 501c3 or a similar charitable IRS tax exempt designation. All individual innovators must be in partnership with a nonprofit agency.
  • Projects must meet a public purpose and fall within County authority to fund, per NC General Statutes.
  • Insurance may be required depending on the nature of the project.
  • Financial and outcomes reporting will be required.
  • A signed agreement (including project scope, budget, and reporting terms) will be required for all projects.
  • We are committed to working with applicants to find creative solutions that meet these requirements.
  • Previous recipients are eligible to re-apply for a continuation or expansion of a project.
  • All projects must be complete and funds fully expended by June 30, 2020.



Note: Award decisions will be guided by a review team selected from Buncombe County community members. We anticipate being able to fund 20 applications this year.

Locate & Contact

Tipping Point Grants & Review Team


Rachael Nygaard
Strategic Partnership Director
199 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-6536

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

Hours of Operation

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

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The Tipping Point Review Team

  • Charles Richards
  • Ray Hemachandra
  • Mary Pat Kieffer
  • Barbara Wagner
  • Loren Clement
  • Brenda Mills
  • Gerri Delaney
  • Lucia Daugherty
  • Myra Grant