City of Asheville awards over $350,000 to local agencies addressing the education achievement gap

Press release from City of Asheville:

The Strategic Partnership Grant Program (SPG) provides funding for nonprofit organizations that serve Asheville residents to support school-aged children from low- to moderate-income households in and outside of the classroom. SPG was relaunched in June 2022 after a three-year pause in funding. It serves as a pilot program providing much needed financial resources to the community while making long-term improvements to the program.

The application period for the 2023-2024 fiscal year closed on March 31, 2023. Of the 23 applications submitted, 6 proposals were recommended for funding by the Evaluation Committee, composed of City and County staff, local educators and nonprofit leaders. Their recommendations were presented to the Equity and Engagement Committee (EEC) for full City Council consideration on April 13. The EEC unanimously approved (3-0) the Evaluation Committee’s recommendations and a staff report outlining the funding recommendations were presented to the City Council at their April 25 meeting.

Council voted unanimously to approve the recommended allocations of the SPG funding awards, as shown below:

Rachel Taylor, Economic Development Specialist with the City of Asheville, presented the funding recommendations to Council at the April 25 meeting. “The SPG program has come a long way this year, and it’s exciting to envision the impact that these projects will have in our community. Congratulations to the grant awardees who are working so hard to help close the achievement gap for kids in Asheville.”

A total of $577,500 will be available to support the Strategic Partnership Program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24, including $335,500 unused from previous fiscal years and a $242,000 allocation currently planned in the FY 2023-24 budget. With this City Council authorization to fund the full $356,209, the SPG program will have a remaining balance of $221,291 that will be used for future grants.

“This year’s grantees predict that they will serve more than 700 local youth with literacy, summer programs, college access and more,” said Taylor. “By investing in these programs, we are supporting students by removing barriers to their success.”

Find a copy of this press release on the City News website.

About Community Bulletin
Mountain Xpress posts selected news and information of local interest as a public service for our readers. To submit press releases and other community material for possible publication, email

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.