2018 Community Grants Program


The Winston-Salem Foundation exists to make philanthropy and its benefits available to all.  Our ability to achieve this mission depends upon our commitment to generosity, inclusion, integrity, and excellence.  We value:

  • The strengths and assets of community residents
  • Asset-based approaches to address community challenges and develop opportunities
  • Lasting bonds of trust and cooperation that increase social capital
  • The contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
The Foundation does not award grants to support the following:


The Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations serving the greater Forsyth County area of North Carolina through its Community Grantmaking process.  Final grant decisions rest with our volunteer governing board, The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

Please visit individual grant sections below for application deadlines.

Capacity-Building Grants – Capacity-building grants are available to nonprofit organizations working in any program area. Grants are available in amounts of up to $25,000 in four categories: governance/leadership/staff development, learning/adaptation/evaluation, technical skills, and diversity/equity/inclusion. Click here to learn more about capacity-building grants and to access the online application.

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. (Organizations must submit their request during the year in which they appear on the calendar.) Click here to learn more about capital campaign grants and to access the online application.

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. Click here to learn more about our focus areas.

Small Grants – Small grants of up to $1,000 are available to organizations and groups with an annual income of $150,000 or less. Click here to learn more about small grants. 

Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our new Community Grants process.


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