Elkin/Tri-County Grants

If you are a nonprofit organization serving the Tri-Counties area, you could be eligible for funding from the Elkin Funds of The Winston-Salem Foundation.  The Elkin Funds consist of three component trusts established by Richard T. Chatham, Lucy Hanes Chatham, and citizens of Elkin to benefit the community. 


A community advisory committee, based in Elkin, N.C., reviews grant proposals. Grant seekers are encouraged to consider the following criteria when requesting funds:

  1. Grants will be made only to legally-recognized nonprofit organizations that benefit residents of the Elkin Tri-County core, defined as the area bounded by Dobson, Boonville, Hamptonville, Roaring River, and Thurmond.
  2. Ordinarily, grants are made for projects that initiate, expand or improve direct service to people. Grants will not be made for ongoing operating expenses.
  3. Grants for capital campaigns or major equipment purposes will be a low priority for the advisory committee, and requests for capital and equipment grants are discouraged. However, exceptions will occasionally be made.
  4. Foundation funds will not be granted to supplant tax or government funds for projects or institutions that would ordinarily receive public funding support. However, public institutions such as schools may submit proposals for innovative projects for which funds are not ordinarily provided.
  5. The governing board for the applicant organization must approve the planned project prior to submission of a proposal to the committee.
  6. Except in unusual cases, grants will be approved for one year at a time. Foundation support for a particular purpose will be normally limited to three grants.
  7. The Advisory Committee encourages collaborative projects that bring together organizations with similar missions.


The 2018 deadline has passed.  

2019 application information will be posted on the Foundation's Web site in January. The deadline will be in early March. Inquiries about grants from the Elkin Funds should be directed to the Grants team at (336) 725-2382.

View list of previous Elkin/Tri-County grants


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