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ECHO Award

Awards to North Carolina Organizations and Individuals
for Building Social Capital in Forsyth County

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Winston-Salem Foundation (WSF)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/23/18 5:00 PM


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Awards of $1,000 to Forsyth County, North Carolina organizations, groups, and individuals to acknowledge those who are building a stronger community by using innovative methods to forge connections between people. The awards are specifically intended to recognize those who are building "bridging" social capital, or connections among people who are unlike each other, over those who are building "bonding" social capital, or connections among people who are like each other. Social capital is defined as connections among people, based on trust, that enhance cooperation for mutual benefit. 

Award recipients will receive a grant to donate to a charitable organization of their choice, hopefully, one that is building social capital in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168294

Number of Grants:

There are up to five award recipients per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award recipients will receive a grant of $1,000 to donate to a charitable organization of their choice.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for an ECHO Award can be:
- Individuals, informal groups, or organizations
- Unsung heroes and heroines from the community
- Community members innovatively building connections

Nominees should be residents of Forsyth County.

Current members of the Foundation Committee and staff and members of the ECHO board are ineligible to receive an ECHO Award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Nomination Workshops:
Are you unsure about which award is most appropriate for your nomination idea?  Do you need clarification on what promoting bridging social capital might look like?  The Foundation is pleased to host two workshops for any questions you may have regarding your nomination (workshops are optional).

Tuesday, February 6: 5:30-6:30pm or
Wednesday, February 7: 11:00am-noon at the:
Burress Family Center for Philanthropy at the Foundation's new offices
751 West Fourth Street, 3rd floor
Winston-Salem, NC  27101

If you plan to attend either workshop, please RSVP to Leila Warren by email or phone (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination deadline: February 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM

The 2018 award recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s May 2 Community Luncheon at the Benton Convention Center.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for the Nomination Workshop to Leila Warren at:
(336) 714-3441

To nominate online:
If you prefer to submit a hard copy instead, see Supporting Documents to access a printable PDF of the nomination form.

For questions, contact:
Cici Fulton
(336) 725-2382

ECHO Award Nomination
The Winston-Salem Foundation
751 West Fourth Street, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Forsyth County