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.


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.
2019 Grant recipients
  • Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission – $2,200 for Meals on Wheels program in Thurmond and Ronda
  • CareNet Counseling of Wilkes – $6,637 to provide mental healthcare services
  • Children’s Center of Surry – $6,137 for the Girls’ Circle program
  • East Wilkes Middle School PTO – $1,000 for an outdoor recreation area
  • Foothills Arts Council – $1,000 to support The Martha Basset Show
  • Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley – $9,137 for prescription voucher program and diabetic supplies
  • Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital – $2,000 for fitness equipment
  • Reach Out and Read – $2,000 to support the Kids Count Pediatrics program in Elkin
  • Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry – $1,500 for building repairs

How to Apply

Visit the Foundation’s Grant Application Portal for application deadlines.

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April Durr
Program Director, Capacity Building & Capital Campaigns
(336) 607-5112