The city of Asheville’s West Riverside Operation Weed & Seed is offering grant awards of up to $5,000 each for programs that provide accessible youth services, increase parent involvement, improve health and nutrition, increase job readiness or contribute to neighborhood restoration. The target area includes, but is not limited to, the Pisgah View and Burton Street communities in Asheville. Funds will be available for activities and programs taking place between May 5, 2008 and May 2, 2009. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15, 2008.
Eligible applicants include 501 (c)3 nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, schools and community-based groups with a fiscal agent. Applicants must attend an orientation session on Monday, Jan. 7 at the Pisgah View Community Center, 1 Granada St. from noon to 1 p.m. or Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St. from 6 to to 7 p.m..
WROWS is a community-driven strategy that focuses on creating safer and healthier neighborhoods through collaborative efforts, acording to city Parks & Rec spokesperson Debbie Ivester. The initiative addresses quality of life by “weeding” out harmful elements in a community like drug trafficking and violence, while “seeding” the community with positive sustainable support.
For more information on Weed & Seed or the grant application process contact Dawa Hitch at 258-2813 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer