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 $1.9 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.

Capacity-Building Grants

Capacity-building grants are available to nonprofits working in any program area. Grants are available in amounts of up to $25,000 in four categories:

  • governance/leadership/staff development
  • learning/adaptation/evaluation
  • technical skills
  • diversity/equity/inclusion
Capital Campaign grants

Capital campaign grants (up to $100,000) are available to organizations on the Campaign Coordinating Committee calendar.

Focus Area Grants

The Foundation makes both proactive and responsive grants in two main focus areas: Building an Inclusive Economy and Advancing Equity in Education.

Small grants

Small grants of up to $1,000 are available to organizations and groups with an annual income of $150,000 or less.

Learn more by reading our Community Grants FAQs

other grant programs

Elkin/Tri-County Grants

Nonprofits serving the Elkin/Tri-Counties area of North Carolina are eligible for annual grant funding from the Elkin Funds of The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Victim’s Assistance Grants

The Chrissy Gallaher Victim's Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime and provides grants for statewide organizations that support victims of violent crime.

Strategic Initiative Grants

the Black Philanthropy Initiative

The Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) awards grants to Forsyth County nonprofits to address identified needs and have meaningful impact in the Black community.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem 

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem awards annual grants to address the economic security of women and girls in Forsyth County.

Youth Grantmakers in Action

Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA) is a diverse group of youth, ages 15-18, that makes annual grants to local youth-directed projects to address youth-identified issues and challenges.

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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