COVID-19 Response Fund Grants

The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established to provide critical support to local nonprofits that are assisting with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

Grant programs will be offered in phases by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation are administering the fund, charging no administrative fees.

CURRENT GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

The final phase of responsive grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County will fund local nonprofit organizations to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

Organizations may apply for grant support in one of two program areas:

  • Assistance for economically vulnerable populations (specifically housing, utility, and food expenses)
    Maximum request amount: $50,000 for operating grants and/or $100,000 for direct financial assistance to individuals
  • Virtual learning assistance for public school students
    Maximum request amount: $50,000

Organizations that received funding in past phases of the COVID-19 Response Fund are eligible to apply again during this final phase. 

Grants will be made to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or charitable organizations able to receive tax-deductible contributions, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. Grants will not be made to individuals or small businesses.

To apply, visit the Foundation’s Grant Application Portal; applications will be accepted through October 9 at 5 PM.

GRANTS DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE

Applications will be reviewed and grant decisions made by:

  • Jason W. Baisden – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Nora D. Ferrell – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Sandra Fishel-Booth – The Winston-Salem Foundation
  • Maegan Gomez – Community Representative
  • Courtney James – Community Representative
  • Cheryl Lindsay – Hanesbrands
  • Reginald McCaskill – Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity
  • Peggy S. Reingold – Wells Fargo
  • Mamie Sutphin – Reynolds American, Inc.
  • Brent A. Waddell – Truist
  • Deborah T. Wilson – United Way of Forsyth County

PREVIOUS PHASES OF GRANTMAKING

Phase One

During the first phase of grantmaking in April, the COVID-19 Response Fund provided one-time general operating support to nonprofits to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

In this phase, 52 nonprofits were awarded $2,563,000 from private contributions to the Fund. In a separate review process, the City of Winston-Salem awarded an additional $1,000,000 in grants to 23 local nonprofits. Phase One Grants >

Phase Two

Data has shown that Latinx households in Forsyth County have been disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus and its effects.  

In August, the Fund made a $121,000 proactive grant to the Hispanic League on behalf of a public/private partnership to help Latinx individuals meet financial needs that arise from testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to quarantine. Services include supportive housing and rent/mortgage assistance due to lost wages during the quarantine period. Phase Two Grant > 

For more information
Sandra Fishel-Booth
Program Officer, Inclusive Economy
sfishelbooth@wsfoundation.org
(336) 607-5125