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Buncombe County Grant Programs Application Cycle Now Open

Is your organization looking for grant funding opportunities? Thanks to everyone who joined us at our January Open House to learn more about how we invest in community organizations.

Building a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community that is equitable and sustainable is the focus of everything we do. Buncombe County invests in community organizations through many grant opportunities that fall under the Buncombe 2025 Strategic Plan focus areas and goals. We’ll also have representatives from the open space and affordable housing bonds available for questions.

The application cycle for several 2024-2025 grant programs is now open with grant deadlines throughout the spring. Grant awards will be available for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024. 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to our grants processes, and Buncombe County encourages participation from organizations led by and providing service to BIPOC and under-resourced communities.   


Read more to see if the following opportunities might be right for your organization. Explore for more in-depth information about these grant opportunities.  

Affordable Housing Services Program 

Affordable Housing funding is intended to ensure comprehensive opportunities for affordable and safe housing as a foundation for healthy and thriving families and neighborhoods. Goals include: increasing the supply of Affordable Housing for rent; Increasing the supply of Affordable Housing for homeownership, especially for BIPOC households; Preserving the supply of Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH); Supporting activities that achieve functional zero homelessness; Supporting activities that encourage the use of all vouchers. Applications open Dec. 11, with an application deadline of January 26, 2024. Click here for more details

Aging Services Funding 

The Aging Services grants are made in alignment with the Buncombe County’s Age-Friendly Action Plan, which reflects the vision of an age-friendly community where older adults are safe, well, and engaged. While the 2024 Action Plan is under development the committee will  continue to review applications in connection to the 2018-2023 Action Plan goals which are to: prevent abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults; prevent financial fraud and scams; improve health and wellbeing among older adults; improve and support financial wellbeing among older adults; improve and support caregiver wellbeing; increase older adults’ access to transportation; improve older adults’ access to services and supports; and increase age-friendly capability of Buncombe County. Funding includes State/Federal Home and Community Care Block Grant as well as local County dollars. Applications open Jan. 16, 2024 with an application deadline of Feb. 23, 2024. 

Clean Water Fund 

The Clean Water Fund provides funding to nonprofit and government organizations working to improve water quality in Buncombe County. This fund supports Buncombe County’s strategic plan vision of “high quality air, water, farmland and renewable energy for future generations.” Funding is available for new construction, repair, restoration, plantings, etc. Construction drawings and engineering studies are eligible for funding; however, shovel ready projects are preferred. The application deadline is January 29, 2024. 

Community Recreation Grants  

The purpose of the Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Grants Program is to provide funding to qualified organizations within Buncombe County interested in partnering to carry out our mission through the promotion of recreational fitness, health and wellness initiatives as well as community-based activities and capital improvements that increase recreational opportunities for the communities served. Grant awards will build momentum for long-term change in the community in alignment with the Buncombe 2025 plan. Applications open Feb. 5, 2024 with an application deadline March 29, 2024. Click here for more details. 

Early Childhood Fund 

The overall goal of the fund is to ensure that every child in Buncombe County has an equal opportunity to thrive during their first 2,000 days including access to quality early childhood education. Funding is earmarked to support early care and education for children birth through kindergarten, including infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarteners. Funding will be allocated for projects working toward increasing slots for enrollment, increasing quality, developing/diversifying the early childhood workforce, supporting families, and enhancing the effectiveness of the overall system of early care and education. Applications open Dec. 18, with an application deadline of Feb. 9, 2024. 

Juvenile Crime Prevention Program 

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety's Division of Juvenile Justice partners with Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in each county to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent youth involvement with the juvenile justice system. The intent is to provide community-based alternatives to youth development centers and to provide community-based programming, treatment, counseling or rehabilitation services for youth involved in, or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Applications open January 2024 (exact dates TBD).

Strategic Partnership Grants 

Strategic Partnership Grants fund nonprofit organizations with programs that promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life. Funded projects must align with Buncombe 2025 Strategic Plan focus areas: Educated & Capable Community; Environmental & Energy Stewardship; Resident Well-Being; and a Vibrant Economy. Applications open Dec. 18, with an application deadline of Feb. 9, 2024. 

Tipping Point Grants 

These are small grants to help amplify community efforts. These grants will either fuel what is already happening or allow the development of local projects. The idea is that by onloading positive factors and offloading negative factors, the scales can tip toward greater community resiliency. Projects should be led by a nonprofit, connected to a specific neighborhood or geography or underserved population, and grounded in cultural identity and sense of place. Applications open Dec. 18, with an application deadline of Feb. 9, 2024. 

Visit for full details including application information, previously funded projects, performance reporting, and funding committee materials.