(Mountain XPress) Morganton-based nonprofit The Industrial Commons snagged $1 million in funding from The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, one of just 10 awards announced Dec. 3 by the Communities Thrive Challenge. The winners were chosen from 1,826 initial applications through a selection process that included evaluation rounds, site visits, interviews and reviews.
The $1 million grant award will support multiyear initiatives that will “support existing programs, launch two new enterprises, contribute to the construction of a manufacturing campus and strengthen the organization’s social enterprise, fee-for-service model.”
Co-Executive Director Sara Chester tells Xpress that The Industrial Commons works with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and partners with Mountain BizWorks for workshops and education. “We also work closely with Self-Help Credit Union,” Chester says. “Through some of our enterprises, like the Carolina Textile District, we work with Asheville-area manufacturers like Sew Co. (located in [Hendersonville’s] Oriole Mill) and Diamond Brand Gear.”
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