2019-20 Grant Funding Decisions Approved By Board of Directors

Submitted by Elisabeth on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 3:53pm

On May 29, the Board of Directors of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County unanimously approved the annual organizational budget and competitve grant funding recommendations. These grant recommendations were made by the Competitive Grants Review Teams and the Community Investment Committee. The knowledgeable community volunteers that were a part of these two committees made investment decisions based on the following criteria:

  • quality of the applications
  • alignment of the organizations’ results with the desired community-level results, and 
  • amount of funds available
United Way will invest $3,314,345 in our community during the 2019-20 fiscal year. This includes support for the implementation of all four of our strategies: NC 2-1-1 Asheville Call Center, our community volunteer center - Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, Community Schools, and Community Investments (grants and contracts with external nonprofits). 
Within Community Investments alone, United Way will direct more than $1.1 million to local nonprofits through the competitive grants process, and continue its commitment to the community school strategy, including investing more than $303,000 in external programs providing district-wide support for students, their families and communities via hubs of service contracts. Also included in this funding decision, $1,000 was awarded to each of 28 grant recipients that want to further their diversity, equity and inclusion work. 

2019-20 Competitive Grants Recipients - $1,157,063

  • All Souls Counseling Center
  • American Red Cross
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Bountiful Cities
  • CARING for Children
  • Children First/Communities in Schools
  • Council on Aging of Buncombe County
  • Eliada Homes
  • Girls on the Run
  • Green Opportunities
  • Haywood Street Congregation
  • Helpmate
  • Homeward Bound
  • Housing Authority of the City of Asheville
  • Irene Wortham Center
  • Just Economics
  • Literacy Council of Buncombe County
  • MANNA Foodbank
  • MemoryCare
  • Mountain Child Advocacy Center
  • Mountain Housing Opportunities
  • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling
  • Our VOICE
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Read to Succeed
  • The Mediation Center
  • Verner Center for Early Learning
  • WNC Aids Project
  • WNC Community Health Services
  • YMCA of WNC
  • YWCA of Asheville

Community Schools | Hubs Of Service Contracts - $303,317

  • Access Family Services - Mental Health Support
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation/In Real Life
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation - Parent Leadership
  • Center for Relational Practices - Restorative Practices
  • Enka Parent Leadership
  • Graduation Initiative - Parent Teacher Home Visiting
  • Green Opportunities - Homework Diners
  • Parent Leadership Program Training

Other Contracts and Equity Support - $73,000

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion grants to 28 nonprofits
  • Success Equation - Advocacy
  • WNC Nonprofit Pathways - build and strengthen the skill base in local nonprofits