Nonprofits & Community Groups

Working Together

Since our community's earliest days, nonprofits and community groups have been essential partners in making this a healthier place to call home.

We also recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for local nonprofits. In addition to creating special grant rounds related to the pandemic, our commitment the Community Grants program, which awarded $2.1 million last year, remains firm.

Please carefully review the guidelines and requirements for each grant type to help you decide which may be the most helpful to your group or organization. For current grantees, our staff is being flexible in making changes to funding restrictions, grant outcomes, or grant periods as needed. Please reach out to us as needed.

Community Grants

The Foundation makes grants to a wide variety of charitable organizations serving the greater Forsyth County area of North Carolina, in areas including community development, the arts, health, education, human services, and beyond. Final grant decisions rest with our volunteer governing board, The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.


In addition to offering Community Grants, we’re devoting significant resources toward investments in two critical focus areas for our work in Forsyth County: Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education.  

Future responsive grant rounds will be publicized through our social media, e-news, and website.

other grant programs

Strategic Initiative Grants

stories of impact: Community Grants

Partnering with Families for Success

Rebeca Cortez was just a junior in high school when she learned she was pregnant. A family member connected Cortez with Imprints Cares, a local nonprofit that strives to enrich the development of children while supporting their families through the journey of parenthood.

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