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The Tzedek Impact Awards recognize community members who have worked to shift policies, affect cultural change, and respond to immediate needs for those who have been harmed by systems of oppression. Now in its fourth year, the Tzedek Impact Awards represent one shift in the organization towards models of grantmaking that are increasingly trust-based as they seek to transform the inequitable history and oppressive culture of philanthropy.
Impact Awards are designed to honor individuals who have engaged in systems change or community healing work in the Asheville region using the wisdom gained by directly navigating systems of oppression. If selected, each Tzedek Impact Awardee will receive $3,000 in recognition and celebration of past achievements and accomplishments that further Tzedek’s mission and vision by addressing one or more systems of injustice, including:
- White nationalism
- Homophobia or heterosexism
- White supremacy or racism
Awards are typically given three times a year. Community members are encouraged to nominate themselves for the Impact Award. BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Jewish individuals are encouraged to apply.
We are honored to support the local leaders who ensure that Asheville is a place where everyone can thrive. Much of the work they have accomplished is often unpaid and underrecognized. The Impact Awards give us the opportunity to highlight unsung heroes in our community.Marsha Davis, Executive Director
To access the application and applicant criteria, visit Tzedek’s website. The deadline for the third 2022 round is October 12th. Decisions will be made by October 21st. While previous awardees can apply for this award, when funds are limited, preference is given to first-time award recipients when funds are limited. Applicants can reach out for support during the nomination process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Impact Awards, visit Tzedek’s website.