The Tzedek Impact Awards are an exploratory initiative, which will invest directly in individuals who are working to transform Asheville into a community where everyone thrives. We are specifically interested in supporting individuals who are addressing racial justice, LGBTQ justice, and anti-Jewish oppression in our community.
Ashevillians are invited to nominate themselves for a Tzedek Impact Award ranging from $100-$3000 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.
We expect to begin select awardees in Summer 2019.
AMKRF believes that world changing work is led by those who are directly impacted by systemic oppression. We especially encourage people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and Jewish individuals to apply.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible, you must be a full-time resident of the Asheville area (within 30 miles of The Asheville City Building).
The Tzedek Impact Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and sustain community members who have had a demonstrated impact working in one or more of our focal areas: racial justice, LGBTQ justice, combating anti-Jewish oppression. AMKRF believes that wide-ranging community efforts–from artistic interventions to grassroots organizing to nonprofit/governmental/private collaborations–are impactful. Those most impacted by inequity in Asheville will be prioritized in the selection process.
How do I apply for this opportunity?
Self-nominations can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “IMPACT AWARDS.” Nominations will be reviewed three times a year on the schedule outlined below:
There are three steps to self-nomination:
- Submit a written narrative (1000 words or less) that responds to the following questions:
- How have you helped to create an Asheville where everyone thrives?
- What are you hoping to fund with the Tzedek Impact Grant?
- Submit a proposed budget.
- In the email, please include:
Your full name
The names and contact information (email and telephone numbers) for two Ashevillians who can speak to your impact in our community.
How will awardees be selected?
Community members who would like to be considered are invited to submit a self-nomination. AMKRF staff will review nominations and select Tzedek Impact awardees using the checklist below. Awardees’ who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an award.
For more information about this pilot program, please review the FAQs.