COVID-19 Grants

The Foundation realizes that the COVID-19 pandemic will have significant impact on local nonprofit organizations, from operational and fundraising challenges to increased demand for support services from impacted individuals.

We want to assure our current Community Grant partners that grant payments will be made as scheduled and our future Community Grant application schedules will continue as planned.


The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established by a partnership between United Way of Forsyth County, The Winston-Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and Community Organizations Active in Disaster to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.

The first phase of proactive and responsive grants will fund nonprofit organizations with one-time general operating support in order to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. Grants will not be made to individuals or small businesses.

Initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality and service industry workers
  • Unauthorized immigrant populations
  • Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency

Applications will be reviewed and grant decisions made by representatives from the City of Winston-Salem, Hanesbrands, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity, Reynolds American, Truist, United Way of Forsyth County, Wells Fargo, and The Winston-Salem Foundation. Additional phases of future funding will be developed by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response.

Organizations will receive a grant decision within two weeks after application, but ideally sooner. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

COVID-19 Response Fund FAQs >

How to Apply

Visit the Foundation’s Grant Application Portal to learn more and apply.


The Foundation is offering support to current and past grantees (Community Grants, Black Philanthropy Initiative, or Women's Fund processes) whose operations have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. This grant program assists organizations in adapting their operations to avoid or mitigate disruptions in their service delivery. Grants are intended to help organizations adapt their work in these uncertain times, not to replace lost revenue.

  • Investing in technology to allow staff and participants to engage remotely
  • Making modifications to a facility to keep employees and those they serve safe
  • Providing prepaid cell phones to clients to allow them to continue to receive services remotely
  • Continuing to provide community education through streaming video services

How to Apply

Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 for adaptation ideas on a rolling basis through April 30 by submitting a simple online form. Funding decisions will come within one to two weeks of application submission.

Organizations that have never received a grant from the Foundation (with budgets under $150,000) can apply through our Small Grants program.


We also recognize that current grantees may need to make changes to their grants, and our staff will be flexible in making those changes as needed.  

Any current grantee that needs to request amendments to their funding restrictions, grant outcomes, or grant period should feel free to reach out to their program officer at a time that is helpful to you, and we will be ready to assist you.

For more information
Anna Brewer
Grants Manager
(336) 607-5106