Elkin/Tri-County Grants

If you are a nonprofit organization serving the Tri-Counties area of Elkin, NC, you could be eligible for funding from the Elkin Funds of The Winston-Salem Foundation. These 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 will review all grant proposals.

KEY DATES: 2024 grant cycle
  • February 15: application opens
  • April 1: application closes at 5:00 PM
  • End of May: notification of funding decisions

To apply, log in to the grant portal. Please register for a portal account at least two weeks before the application deadline so we have time to approve your registration. View instructions >


Grant seekers are encouraged to consider the following criteria when requesting funds:

  • 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, NC.
  • Ordinarily, grants support projects that initiate, expand, or improve direct service to people. Grants will not be made for ongoing operating expenses.
  • 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 are occasionally made.
  • Grants will not be made to supplant tax or government funding 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.
  • The governing board for the applicant organization must approve the planned project prior to submission of a proposal to the committee.
  • Except in unusual cases, grants will be approved for one year at a time.
  • The advisory committee encourages collaborative projects that bring together organizations with similar missions.
  • Boonville Elementary School – $1,000 to support student social and emotional learning and response  
  • Cancer Services – $1,500 to support Patient Advocates in the Elkin Tri-County service area
  • CareNet Counseling of Wilkes – $4,500 for mental health counseling and educational programming in Wilkes county
  • Children's Center of Surry – $2,400 to support the Girls Circle Group program in Surry County
  • ECHO Ministry – $9,500 for emergency supplies and health support for people experiencing homelessness
  • Lifeline Pregnancy Help Center – $700 for an online educational platform
  • Parenting PATH – $1,500 to support programming in Surry County
  • SECU Family House – $1,000 to support families of Wilkes, Surry, and Yadkin County with reduced rates during medical treatment
  • Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry – $6,000 for a backpack food assistance program
  • Wilkes Dental Consortium, Inc. – $4,000 to support emergency dental assistance for individuals from Elkin, Dobson, Boonville, Hamptonville, and Thurmond

How to Apply

To apply, visit the Foundation's Grant Application Portal and register for an account.

Selection and payment process: A community advisory committee from the service area will review applications and select grant recipients. Grants will be paid directly to recipients upon receipt of signed grant contracts. Reporting is required at the end of the grant period.

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Anna Brewer
Program Associate
(336) 607-5106