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CoThinkk supports impactful programs in Asheville and Western North Carolina. 

Applications are now closed. Next round will open August 2019! 

Read about the 2018 Grant application below.

Check Out Our 2018 Award Night

Find our about the projects we funded in 2018 and how we celebrated community.

CoThinkk’s Third Annual Innovative Video Grant Process!

CoThinkk is now accepting video grant applications for projects addressing vexing social issues facing African-American and Latinx communities. CoThinkk is giving circle specifically designed to create supportive networks, accelerate systemic change and seed new initiatives through a shared leadership model that is working to shift the narrative and mental models regarding communities of color in Western North Carolina. As a result of our collective efforts, we understand that access to resources is an essential component to support robust social change that has enough traction and sustained momentum to generate equitable outcomes and impact.

Consequently, CoThinkk has prioritized ” connecting people of color” to resources as a core value and our video grant application process is meant to create an intentional vehicle to support community efforts.

Emergent and dynamic strategies led by leaders of color in Asheville and Western Carolina are yielding positive, collaborative, and equitable outcomes towards an explicit focus to impact systems, but lack access to critical resources to amplify their efforts, “says CoThinkk founder Tracey Greene-Washington.

Grant funds are available for community groups that sponsor programming that is led by leaders of color and support African American and Latinx families and communities through education, economic mobility/opportunity, health and leadership development. Competitive applications should represent efforts that are working to build positive, healthy and equitable relationships and collaborations that are cultivating the energy, passion, and talents across generations and initiatives towards creating an essential pipeline of leaders. Programs must serve areas within Asheville and/or Western NC. We will award eight grants, amounts typically range from $1,000 to $4,000.

In addition to the grant award, recipients will be honored with a Kelly Goins Legacy Award that will provide access to an additional $500 grant for wellness, self-care, and/or professional development that furthers social entrepreneurship. Kelly Goins, a passionate community leader, entrepreneur, and founding member of CoThinkk left an indelible mark on our community through her passion and tireless work to build the capacity of critical nonprofit organizations in our community-whom today are providing important programming and resources to support social change. 

“Catching Dreams” CoThinkk video & Grant Process Workshop
“Capturando sueños”: Taller de video para aplicar a la beca de CoThinkk

Saturday, August 11th, 2018
9:00am – 12:30pm

CoThinkk leadership will also provide additional capacity building and leadership development opportunities for grant recipients including a free video grant process workshop August 11th from 9:00 am-12:30 pm. Please RSVP for the video training.

Este taller se enfocará en guiar a los asistentes sobre el proceso para aplicar a la beca y sobre la preparación del video de CoThinkk, así como para ayudarles a completar la presentación final de su video, que tiene como fecha límite de entrega el 1 de septiembre de 2017.

Who Can Apply

  1. Must be led by leaders of color (primarily Latinx and African American)
  2. Programs must serve areas within Asheville or Western NC
  3. Programming must support African American and/or Latinx families and communities through education, economic mobility/opportunity, health or leadership development
  4. Working to build healthy, positive and equitable relationships and collaborations
  5. Applicants must have 501(c)3 status or have a fiscal agent


All CoThinkk members and supporters are eligible to apply, but will not participate in the final decision-making process. Final grant recipients are selected and approved by CoThinkk members of color.

Applications available: August 1st, 2018

Application deadline: September 1st, 2018

Who Can ApplyGrant funds are available for community groups that sponsor programming that is led by leaders of color and supports African American and Latinx families and communities through education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development, with particular emphasis on cultivating the energy, passion, and talents of the next generation to create an essential pipeline of leaders. By investing in strategies that focus on education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership, we seek the following long-term impact:

Shifted Regional Landscape:

Change the economic, health, education, and poverty narrative for communities of color in Asheville and the surrounding region;

Create a paradigm shift that inspires a new picture of resilience for communities of color in Asheville and Western NC.

Strong Leadership Development/ Generational Impact :

Build and strengthen a leadership pipeline of African-American and Latinx individuals that are focused on social change for Asheville and Western NC;

Create and support new leadership opportunities within traditional and nontraditional institutions in Asheville while building new alliances to focus on issues unique to communities of color;

Build the capacity of leaders of colors to serve in important roles within the region and build an intentional community engagement strategy that is focused on inclusivity, equity, and diversity.

Collaboration:

Build strong collaborations that work across racial and generational lines;

Cross sector collaboration and shared/aligned agendas;

Create opportunities for co-learning, volunteering, and using social, political, and economic capital as means to align agendas and activities towards social good.

Applications are now closed. We will be accepting applications again on September 1st, 2018. 

Who We AreCoThinkk is a giving circle that brings together community leaders who care about the economic and social well-being of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. CoThinkk started in 2014 with the intention to implement investment strategies that address education, economic mobility/opportunity, and leadership development towards impacting some of the most critical social issues facing African-American and Latinx communities in Western North Carolina.