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Our individual grantmaking is designed to honor and sustain the impact of Asheville’s community leaders.
We’ve learned that individuals, who often work outside of organizations and traditional funding structures, are indispensable parts of the social change ecosystem. We fund individuals working in wide-ranging community efforts – from artistic interventions to grassroots organizing, from the creation of healing spaces to leading nonprofit, governmental, and private entity collaborations.
Tzedek Impact Awards
The Tzedek Impact Awards are designed to support individuals who are addressing racial justice, LGBTQ justice, and anti-Jewish oppression in our community using the wisdom gained by directly navigating systems of oppression. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and Jewish individuals are encouraged to apply.
Ashevillians are invited to nominate themselves for a Tzedek Impact Award ranging from $100-$3,000 that will support and strengthen their social justice work. Tzedek Impact Awards represent a shift in our organization towards models of grantmaking that is increasingly trust-based as we seek to transform the inequitable history and oppressive culture of philanthropy.
Three rounds of Impact Awards will be distributed in March 2020, June 2020, October 2020. $40,000 will be distributed in each grant cycle.
For more information about this pilot program and directions about how to apply, please review the FAQs.
Tzedek Brilliance Awards
Note: All funds set aside for the Tzedek Brilliance Awards have been distributed. Throughout 2020, we are completing a strategic planning process, which draws on the results of our community research and our assessment of pilot program. Announcements about future grantmaking, including rounds of the Brilliance Awards will be announced in early 2021.
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