Murals, along with landscaping projects, cultural festivals and public safety events are some of the projects that qualify for a city neighborhood grant.

As a part of this year’s budget process, the city of Asheville has set aside funds within its Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget to help new civic investments by way of a $200,000 neighborhood grant program.

The program is designed specifically for neighborhood-based organizations, including neighborhood associations, homeowners associations, neighborhood coalitions and resident organizations in tax credit-funded communities.

These organizations must represent a specific geographic location within Asheville city limits and have completed or are in the process of completing their Neighborhood Registration Form.

What Kinds of Projects Can Be Funded?

Neighborhood representatives are encouraged to submit creative project ideas such as landscaping, murals, festivals, community art and cultural festivals. Traffic calming, public safety, marking and branding and organizational development can also be considered.

The Neighborhood Grant Program’s goal is to build neighborhood capacity and increase civic participation. Projects must be achievable within 12 months of contract execution, and there must be a dollar-for-dollar match through cash, volunteer hours, or in-kind donation of goods or services.

Neighborhood organizations may submit applications from Oct. 1 to 31.

All applicants are encouraged to attend the virtual workshop from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 1, or watch the recording that will be posted on the Neighborhood Grant website, For information, email Jeremy Lett

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