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.

The Foundation offers many types of grants, including the Community Grants program, which awarded $2.1 million last year to Forsyth County nonprofits.

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.

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

Transforming a Neighborhood

For years, Patricia DeGraffinreaidt has volunteered in her neighborhood near Winston-Salem State University. When she became the event manager for the S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation’s Enterprise Center, the opportunity provided the perfect way to match her vocation with her passion to serve the neighborhood.

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