The Foundation makes Small Grants to charitable organizations and groups serving Forsyth County, North Carolina with annual incomes of $150,000 or less. This program provides grants of up to $2,000 to support a variety of program areas and purposes. The maximum grant available for youth athletic teams is $500.
Our online application includes the option to provide a short video submission in place of some written questions.
A strong Small Grant application will demonstrate some, if not all, of the following characteristics:
Can you give examples of what would or would not qualify for a Small Grant?
Small Grants are available to organizations and groups with annual incomes of $150,000 or less to support a range of projects and services. While we make occasional grants for equipment, time-limited projects, and special events, these are a lower priority.
The Foundation does not award Small Grants to support the following:
Do you offer multi-year grants?
Due to limited funding and the intention to support a diverse range of program areas and organizations, the Foundation may not be able to support the same programs or organizations year after year.
What are some examples of Small Grants you've made?
Can I discuss my proposal idea with you before applying?
Yes, if you have a proposal idea you’d like to discuss, we’d like to hear from you! You're not required to meet with our staff before applying, but many groups find it helpful to discuss their idea with our team. To schedule a conversation, contact us (below) at least one week before the application deadline. Note: we cannot guarantee a meeting close to the deadline due to increased call volume.
If we’re a faith-based organization can we apply for a grant?
We fund faith-based organizations (churches, synagogues, mosques) when the organization is providing a social service, as long as it doesn’t serve only the members of a single congregation or promote a particular religious doctrine. Read more in the document below.
Can we apply for a grant if we’re based outside of Forsyth County?
If your organization is based outside of Forsyth County but serves a wide geographic area that includes Forsyth County, the Foundation will consider a grant for the portion of the project that impacts Forsyth County. If you are based outside of Forsyth County and you also don't serve Forsyth County, you are not eligible to apply for funding.
Who makes the final grant funding decisions?
While final grant decisions rest with our volunteer governing boards, our staff serve as dedicated liaisons for each funding opportunity.