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Grants to Greater Forsyth County Area, North Carolina Nonprofits for
Capacity Building, Capital Projects, and Other Initiatives that Benefit Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Winston-Salem Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/03/18 - for Capacity Building and Capital Campaign Grants; Small Grants applications are accepted on the first business day of any month


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit the residents of the greater Forsyth County area. The funding source provides grants for a wide range of charitable purposes, generally in the following four categories:

Capacity-Building Grants: Capacity-building grants are available to nonprofit organizations working in any program area. The Foundation defines capacity-building as activities and projects that help nonprofits enhance their internal workings in order to better fulfill their missions and achieve more impactful outcomes. The Foundation believes that strong governance, effective management, and regular adaptation are essential in order for nonprofits to thrive, and the Foundation is open to receiving funding requests from nonprofits in a variety of capacity-building areas, including: governance/leadership/staff development, learning/adaptation/evaluation, technical skills, and diversity/equity/inclusion. Requests may include a wide variety of expenses, including consultants' fees and new staff salaries, with a maximum request amount of $25,000.

Capital Campaign Grants: Capital campaign grants are available to organizations on the Campaign Coordinating Committee calendar in amounts up to $100,000; the Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign is $75,000. Larger grants may be given to projects that are widely accessible, impact a significant portion of the community, and to projects for which the Foundation has restricted funds available. Organizations must submit their request during the year in which they appear on the calendar.

Focus Area Grants: Starting in 2019, the Foundation will be directing more than half of its discretionary resources annually in two main focus areas through both proactive and responsive grantmaking: Advancing Equity in Education and Building an Inclusive Economy.

Small Grants – The Small Grants program provides grants of up to $1,000 to organizations and groups in the greater Forsyth County area of North Carolina. Small Grants are limited to organizations and groups with an annual income of $150,000 or less. Note: the maximum grant available for athletic teams is $500.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179837

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Capacity Building Grants are available in amounts of up to $25,000.
- Capital Campaign Grants are available in amounts up to $100,000; the Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign is $75,000.
- The Small Grants program provides grants of up to $1,000 to eligible organizations and groups. Note: the maximum grant available for athletic teams is $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Small Grant Restrictions

The Foundation does not award Small Grants to support the following:
- Individuals
- Religious activities that serve only the members of a single congregation or promote a particular faith (guidelines for grants to religious organizations are attached below)
- The Foundation makes occasional grants for equipment, time-limited projects, and special events, although these are a low priority.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Small Grant application and the guidelines for grants to religious organizations document.

Focus Areas:

Capacity Building Grants:

Capital Campaign Grants:

Focus Area Grants:

Small Grants:

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Key Dates and Deadlines:

Capacity-Building and Capital Campaign Grants:

- The online application will be available on the Foundation's website by January 1, 2018.
- Application Deadline: March 1, 2018, September 3, 2018
- Grant Decision Date: End of May 2018, End of November 2018

Focus Area Grants:

- The Foundation will not have responsive deadlines in the focus areas during 2018 in order to honor previous multi-year grant commitments.
- More information about funding priorities and the application process will be available in the fall of 2018.

Small Grants:

- The Foundation accepts Small Grants applications the first business day of any month; applicants receive a decision within 30 days.

Contact Information:

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

Mail applications to:

The Winston-Salem Foundation
751 W Fourth St, Suite 200
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Alternatively, electronic copies of the application may be emailed to

For additional information on grantmaking at the Foundation, please contact the Grants Manager at (336) 725-2382 or at the above email address. For a complete Foundation staff directory, click here:

Grantmaking Staff:

Sandra Fishel-Booth, Program Officer

Layla Garms, Program Officer

Andrea Hulighan, Director, Grants

Madelyn McCaully, Grants Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Greater Forsyth County area