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Tipping Point Grants

Partnering with Communities for Better Outcomes.

These are small grants to help amplify community efforts. The grants will be awarded for $5,000 per project. These grants will either fuel what is already happening or allow you to develop your own local projects that create pathways to greater resiliency in your community – actions that will stack positive factors, such as stronger connection, communication, and development of our community leaders, while offloading negative factors like isolation, hopelessness, and violence. These initiatives help build out a resource grid in our community that enables all of us to be safer and healthier.


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?

These grants are targeted to ordinary citizens and neighbors. Applications must be from individuals or groups that have come together around a common vision. Previous recipients are not eligible to re-apply for a continuation or expansion of a project. These funds are meant to build capacity, not sustain efforts. These funds are not targeted to nonprofit agencies as there are other avenues for nonprofits to apply for funding such as Buncombe County’s annual community development grants.

Tipping Point Review Team

Meet the Review Team



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.

Recipient Projects

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Tipping Point Grants.


Rasheeda McDaniels
Community Engagement Supervisor
200 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-4102

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

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