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Grants to North Carolina Neighborhood-Based Organizations in Eligible Areas to Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

Neighborhood Matching Grant (NMG)


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: North Carolina: City of Asheville

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/27/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina neighborhood organizations and associations in eligible locations for community improvement projects. Applicants must confirm neighborhood eligibility prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that provide a public benefit and are accessible to all members of the community. The purpose of the program is to promote neighborhood unity, engage community members, encourage volunteerism, improve the quality of life, and develop programs that benefit communities in the City of Asheville.

The goal of the grant program is to:

  • Build neighborhood capacity and increase civic participation
  • Empower neighborhoods to self-determine improvement projects
  • Create and strengthen partnerships between the City and community groups.

Single projects that address a neighborhood issue or need in one of the following categories are eligible:

  • Physical Improvement Projects
  • Neighborhood Identity Projects
  • Community Building Events
  • Environmental Projects
  • Public Safety
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Organizational Development
  • Educational Programming
  • Kickstart funding for new neighborhood organizations.

Neighborhoods are encouraged to submit creative project ideas. A variety of projects can be supported with NMG including landscaping, murals and community art, cultural festivals, traffic calming, public safety, marketing and branding, organizational development, and more.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible recipients of NMG funds must meet the following requirements:
- Must represent a specific geographic location within Asheville city limits
- Completed or in the process of completing their “Neighborhood Registration Form”
- Are a neighborhood-based organization (Neighborhood Associations, Homeowners Associations, Neighborhood Coalition, and Resident Organizations in Tax Credit Funded Communities)

Business associations, faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and other organizations are ineligible to apply for funding but are encouraged to partner with eligible organizations to support their projects.

Although not exhaustive, the following is a list of disallowed uses of NMG funds:
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date
- Support ongoing, regularly occurring programs, services, events or activities
- Pay for an organization’s operating expenses
- Annual plants, flowers, or shrubbery (perennials permitted; materials with longer longevity are permitted like rubber mulch, mats or pallets)
- Salaries or stipends
- Food and Drinks (unless a mandatory component of programming)
- Maintenance or repair projects that are the regular responsibility of the HOA, Property Owners, or Neighborhood Associations
- Raffles or Giveaways
- Political rallies/campaign events
- Entertainment (bands, DJs, clowns)

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be open for submission through May 27, 2023.

NMG applications must be submitted to the Neighborhood Services Department by 5 pm on the proposal due date.

Applicants must confirm their neighborhood’s eligibility.

Neighborhood organizations must provide a 100% match ($1.00 in matching funds for each $1.00 requested in funding).

Please allow approximately ten weeks from application submission for additional questions, project considerations, and contract signing to occur before moving forward with your grant-funded project.

Applicants must register as vendors. See:

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000

Term of Contract
Projects must be achievable within 12 months of contract execution.

Contact Information
Neighborhood Registration Form:

Apply online (from June 20):

Direct questions to

Contact Information
Meredith Friedheim
Neighborhood Services Specialist

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