Apply for the IDA grant program.

IDA was established to assist non-majority low-to-moderate income earners as they develop an entrepreneurial mindset, achieve consistent savings, and acquire assets for their growing businesses.

Steps to complete the program:

Step 1: Fill out the application
Step 2: Build your file with our team
Step 3: Get coaching, attend ABAA, and save consistently
Step 4: Get IDA approval
Step 5: Get reimbursement check
Step 6: Get withdrawal authorization

This year-long process includes:

Building a case file with the Opportunity Asheville Liaison while simultaneously working with our partners, Mountain BizWorks and Western Women’s Business Center.

Eligibility for IDA funding requires the following:

  • 21 hours of financial training
  • 12 hours of asset training
  • Write a marketing plan
  • Write an executive summary
  • Attend at least 3 WWBC sessions
  • Opening and maintaining a Savings Account with our partnered banking institutions


Who do I contact if I have questions?

For questions about your hours, the process, your application, classes, etc reach out to The Opportunity Asheville Liaison, Eboné Graham,

She is also available by appointment only, Wednesdays 10am-3pm.
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How long does the process take?

It should take a participant 4-6 months to submit a proper file, to complete the training, to write a marketing plan and executive summary plus attend the required WWBC sessions. It then takes our office 90 days to process your file for acceptance. 

Can you take my W-2’s?

No, unfortunately, we can only accept your tax return.

Can I withdraw my money once I start saving?

Yes, but you forfeit your place in the program and have to wait 12 months to reapply.

Who do I contact if I have trouble with the application or website?

For problems with the website or application please reach out to Aisha Adams Media.


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