Announcing New Focus Areas for Community Grants

The Winston-Salem Foundation is proud to have supported local nonprofits with Community Grants for more than 98 years. In 2016 alone, the Foundation awarded over $2.8 million to Forsyth County organizations for capacity-building, programmatic, and capital campaign support.

As we approach our second century of service, the Foundation has been reflecting on the ways in which it can deepen its impact on our changing community.

After surveying area nonprofits and reviewing community data over the past year, the Foundation has determined that we will sharpen our focus and deepen our work in two critical areas where our community is experiencing significant challenges:


    Data shows that in our diverse community, significant disparities persist for many of our students. The Foundation will support efforts to create more equitable educational outcomes.


    Data shows that many Forsyth County residents cannot meet the basic expenses needed to support their families, and certain geographic areas lack many forms of investment. The Foundation will support efforts that create more equitable and inclusive pathways for people and places to fully participate in economic opportunities.

The Foundation believes that with progress in these two areas, the entire community will greatly benefit. Moving forward into 2018, Community Grants staff will deepen relationships with community partners working in these areas through formal and informal conversations in order to develop specific funding priorities and strategies that will be the most impactful. These priorities will be announced in the fall of 2018.

Please note that the Foundation will continue to provide grants to Forsyth County nonprofit organizations to support capacity building and capital campaigns in any program area.

For nonprofit organizations interested in more detailed information about the Foundation's new Community Grants guidelines, please visit:


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