We’re nearly 350 days into the pandemic + while everyone’s struggles look different, one thing we can all commiserate about is that in the last year, we’ve probably all lost one of our favorite small businesses to this virus.
Enter The One Buncombe Grant Fund. This local grant fund aids small for-profit businesses in reopening and rehiring employees – and you can apply through Feb. 28 at 11:59 pm. Grant recipients will be announced on March 21. (Note: If you require assistance for submitting your application, tech. support is available until 5 p.m. on Feb. 26.) If you are looking to make a donation to The Buncombe One Fund, you can do so here. To apply, continue reading.
Let’s talk specifics + qualifications:
The eligible grant amount is based on the size of your small biz: 💰 Single member/solopreneurs organizations can receive up to $2,500. 💰 Firms with up to 25 full-time equivalent employees can receive up to $5,000.
To be eligible for the grant, you must meet the following criteria: ✅ Must have been in existence before Oct. 1, 2020 ✅ Existing One Buncombe Fund Loan clients must be in good standing ✅ Must be a for-profit entity based in Buncombe County ✅ Must have 25 or less full-time equivalent employees ✅ Must support job rehiring + retention ✅ Must list all grants/other relief funds received to assist their business since March 10, 2020 ✅ Must agree to award announcement + that funds will only be used for business expenses ✅ Must agree to report on the financial condition, use of funds, and jobs retained/hired six months after grant
To apply applicants will need to have the following documents: 🗂 Most recent filed tax return – unless the business started in 2020. 🗂 2020 profit + loss statement 🗂 A schedule listing the positions to be rehired/retained with wage rates, using this form.
Once those items are ready, applicants can complete an application here. ProTip: preview the application (here as a PDF + here as a Word doc.) and prepare your responses before starting the actual application. You can also watch this webinar, featuring a walkthrough of the application.
Grant funds are limited, so Mountain BizWorks, a non-profit working to build a vibrant + inclusive entrepreneurial community in WNC, is encouraging PPP eligible small businesses to applyhere by Feb. 21.
Share this newsletter with a local small business owner that could use some COVID-19 relief assistance.
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Services here. As of Thursday afternoon, 14,830 cases and 281 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. See more Buncombe County-specific info, including waitlist numbers and vaccines distributed, here. ○ ICYMI, Asheville Citizen-Times has a North Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker available on their website. You can track the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses, numbers on how many people have received one dose, and more here. 📊 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Outdoors ○ The closure of single-track trails at DuPont State Recreational Forest has been extended until Feb. 22due to weather + poor trail conditions. Closures include 53 miles of trails less than five feet wide. ⛰️ (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ A sinkhole has opened up along the French Broad River East Bank Greenway on Lyman Street in the River Arts District. The opening comes after the breakage of a sewer pipe in the area and has expedited work on a larger sewer rehabilitation project now planned for Fiscal Year 21-22 🚧 (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ It’s been known colloquially for years as “Nasty Branch,” and now the name will be officially restored to the former “Town Branch” stream as part of a proposed new greenway in Asheville’s Black Southside community. Its name stems from its low water quality + high pollution stream.The proposed Nasty Branch Greenway will be a three-quarter mile greenway with benches, signs about the history of the area + more. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
WaterCooler ○ Mark your calendars. TheAsheville Touristshave officially released their 2021 schedule, which will begin Tues., May 4 at McCormick Field where the Tourists will face the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Tourists will play 120 games during this season — 60 at home + 60 on the road — which will end Sept.19. Peep their schedule here. ⚾
ForPets ○Did you know that pets can need + donate blood? Just like people, if our four legged pals get injured or need surgery, they may need a blood transfusion. Upstate Vet(22 Fall Pippin Lane, Ste 102) has a blood bank and they’re accepting donations. Does your furkid want to become involved? Get more info here. 🩸
Dish ○ Meat your new favorite delivery service. Hickory Nut Gap has launched a new home delivery service for theirCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) meat boxes. Subscriptions are available for a renewable three month period and are available in large (roughly 15 lbs/month) and small (roughly 10 lbs/month) and rotate to include a variety of local meats like bacon, steaks, sausages + more. Get more info here. 🥩
Arts ○ The Center for Crafthas awarded $135,000 to academic researchers, scholars, and curators for work that expands, advances + supports new research in craft practice with their Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. Now in its second year, the 2021 recipients include 12 artists, including Weaverville’s Michael Hatch for “Black Craft in the Mountain South,” a search for Southern Appalachia’s historical Black crafters and spaces. See all the awardees here. 🎨
State ○ Gov. Roy Cooper is looking toimprove weather warning systems after Brunswick Co. experienced a devastating tornado earlier this week. While the storm developed quickly, many residents mentioned that alerts came after the tornado had passed. 🚨 (WLOS)
Roadtrip ○ Need your travel craving satisfied, but wanting to do it safely?Columbia, SC is an unexpected, urban weekend getaway destination with new restaurants, breweries, attractions + public art that have been practicing safety precautions for months and that you probably haven’t visited yet. Here are 8 trip itineraries for inspiration. Ⓟ
You can vote for this beautiful beer garden through Tues., March 16 at 12 p.m. And if you wanted to sip a sour beer, we’re especially partial to their Sour Raspberry Starfruit Burst Beer.
Fun fact: of the 20 beer gardens in the competition, four of them are in North Carolina. 🍻
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Arts ○ “The Dying Swan” Workshop with The Trocks| Fri., Feb. 19 | 9-10 a.m. | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $28 | Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo holds a workshop for dancers of all skill levels. 🩰 ○In the Stars| Fri., Feb. 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting With A Twist, 2 Town Square Blvd., #150 | $35+ | Paint a set or single at the in-studio event. 🎨
ForKids ○ Little Explorer’s Club| Fri., Feb. 19 | 9-10 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Ages 3-7 explore fun topics about science related to nature, health + more. 🔬
TryThis ○ Friday Night DIY| Fri., Feb. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | AR Workshop Asheville, 3726 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Prices Vary | Create custom, charming home decor from raw materials. ✂️
Wellness ○Mindfulness Now: Meditation for All Moments| Fri., Feb. 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Asheville Community Yoga, 8 Brookdale Rd. | Donation | Learn mindfulness skills in a peaceful + supportive environment. Beginners welcome. 🧘
FeaturedEvent ○Mountainfilm on Tour | Fri., Feb. 19 – Mon., Feb. 22 | All Day | Virtual | Free | Muddy Sneakers will be hosting a virtual screening with an inspiring program of films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Ⓟ
Sunday ○ Oyster Roast| Sun., Feb. 21 | 2-5 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Co., 32 Banks Ave. | $65 | Jettie Rae’s + Catawba will raise money for Our Voice. 🦪 ○ Tea Meditation| Sun., Feb. 21 | 9-10 a.m. | Dobra Tea, 78 North Lexington Ave. | $20 | Guided meditation through preparing + drinking tea. ☕ ○ Taming the Muse: How to Turn a Wild Muse into a Workhorse| Sun., Feb. 21 | 1-5 p.m. | Virtual | $44+ |The Asheville School of Film is hosting writer, improv artist + filmmaker Richard L. Bergh to share tips + trip on taming your muse + more in this writer’s workshop. 🎞️ ○ How to Select the Right Backpacking Gear for YOU!| Sun., Feb. 21 | 5-7 p.m. | Virtual | $50 | Not sure what to stuff in your bag for a thru hike? Check out Blue Ridge Hiking Co.’s workshop + learn the best items to bring with you. 🎒
PlanAhead ○ ACMS Presents the Meccore String Quartet| Fri., Feb. 26-Sun., Feb. 28 | Times Vary | Virtual | Free (Donations Accepted) | Enjoy world-class chamber music virtually, with a performance by the Polish group, Meccore String Quartet. Ⓟ
Find more of this week’s local events in our February PlanAhead.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.