Community Grants

Grants to Greater Forsyth County Area, North Carolina Nonprofits
for Arts, Education, Health, and Human Services Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 179837
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Winston-Salem Foundation



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Grants averaging $20,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit the residents of the greater Forsyth County area. Funding will be provided for proposals in areas including, but not limited to, arts and culture, education, health, human services, community development, domestic animals, and building social capital. LOIs are due by November 1.

The Foundation makes grants for a wide range of charitable purposes, generally in three categories:

Capacity-Building Grants:
The Foundation regularly makes grants to organizations to embark on projects that help to strengthen the organization's ability to fulfill its mission. Capacity-building grants have included, but have not been limited to, requests for new positions, planning work, and work with consultants.

Programmatic Grants:
The Foundation regularly makes grants to support the development of new program services and to assist with the expansion of existing programs. The Foundation does not typically support existing programmatic costs.

Capital Campaign Grants:
The Foundation occasionally makes grants to capital campaigns in support of local organizations and facilities when they serve a wide cross-section of community members. Any campaign with a local fundraising goal of $500,000 or more must be on the Campaign Coordinating Committee Calendar. The Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign on the calendar is $75,000; off-calendar grants will not exceed $20,000.

Your organization should decide how much to request because you know the financial needs and the strategic plan for your own organization. The average grant size of The Winston-Salem Foundation is approximately $20,000; but the Foundation does make grants that are larger and many grants that are smaller.

The Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign on the calendar is $75,000; off-calendar grants will not exceed $20,000.

The Foundation usually makes grants for one year at a time. Occasionally, additional support will be provided for multiple year projects.

The Foundation makes Community Grants to charitable organizations that are conducting a charitable activity in the greater Forsyth County area.

The Foundation makes most of its grants to charitable organizations with 501(c)(3) status, but the Foundation does offer some grants to groups without this designation.

The Winston-Salem Foundation funds faith-based organizations when the organization is providing a social service and when the nature of the grant application is appropriate for Foundation funding.

The Winston-Salem Foundation does not make grants for activities that serve only the members of a single faith community (church, mosque, synagogue, etc.) or promote a particular religious doctrine and the Foundation will not support capital projects of faith communities.

The Foundation will consider making grants to faith-based organizations that are committed to community service that is not primarily for spreading religious beliefs or for recruiting new members and primarily serving the wider community, beyond their own members. For example, the Foundation could make a grant to a church for an after-school tutoring program serving the broad community, but not for a Vacation Bible School or religious training.

The Foundation does not award Community Grants to support the following:

- Individuals
- General operating support
- Religious activities that serve only the members of a single congregation or promote a particular faith (further guidelines for grants to religious organizations are attached below)
- The Foundation makes occasional grants for equipment and special events, although these are a low priority.

The first step in the Community Grants application process is to submit to the Foundation a preliminary application.

The Foundation will accept preliminary applications on the first business day of odd-numbered months; the Foundation will contact you within 15 days as to whether your preliminary application qualifies you to submit a full grant application.

2017 Preliminary Application Deadlines:
January 3, March 1, May 1, July 3, September 1, and November 1.

2017 Grant Application Deadlines:
February 1, April 3, June 1, August 1, October 2, and December 1.

If your preliminary application is accepted, you will receive a grant application to complete. Following submission of a full grant application, Foundation staff will visit with you to learn more about the organization as well as your project in preparation for the grant decision by the Foundation Committee. The entire process takes approximately three months.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the preliminary and full grant application forms.

Click here to view a list of the upcoming preliminary and full grant application deadlines:

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

For additional information on grantmaking at the Foundation, please contact the Grants Manager, at or (336) 725-2382.

Grantmaking Staff:

Sandra Fishel-Booth, Program Officer

Layla Garms, Program Officer

Andrea Hulighan, Director, Grants

Madelyn McCaully, Grants Manager

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