Focus Area Grants

In the fall of 2017, the Foundation announced two new broad focus areas for our community investments – Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education. To further refine our priorities in these areas, we have spent the past year listening to hundreds of individuals from across Forsyth County to gather perspectives to inform our new priorities.

Please visit our microsite, Evolving to Meet Community Needs, which reflects more about what we heard in our listening conversations and reveals how the Foundation is evolving to serve the community in these critical focus areas.  We hope to hear the community's feedback on the critical issues facing Forsyth County today.


Within our new focus areas, the Foundation has identified six initial priority areas in which to begin our programmatic work:

Building an Inclusive Economy

Access to efficient and affordable transportation
Reduction in the racial wealth gap 
Inclusive pathways to family-sustaining careers 

Advancing Equity in Education

Anti-bias culture and practices in educational settings (Pre-K to Post-secondary)
Positive/constructive behavior intervention strategies (Pre-K to 12) 
Racially and economically diverse public schools (K to 12)

For additional information on our new priorities, please visit our microsite, Evolving to Meet Community's Needs.


Our initial responsive grant funding will work toward addressing:

• Access to efficient and affordable transportation (Spring 2019)
• Reduction in the racial wealth gap (Fall 2019)

Recognizing all of the available tools and resources we have to support our new priorities, we will begin moving forward on these and the four other priorities in 2019. We will continue to advance our learning as we work toward additional grantmaking rounds.


In January 2019 we will release more information about the Spring 2019 grant deadline focusing on transportation. 

If you have questions about any of our focus area priorities, please contact the Grants team..  We look forward to hearing from you!


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