Nonprofits & Community Groups

Since our community's earliest days, nonprofits and community groups have been essential partners in building a stronger Winston-Salem.

We offer the following grantmaking programs to support projects that enhance the lives of all our residents. Please note that we only invest in organizations that are serving Forsyth County, North Carolina.

Review the guidelines for each grant type below to determine if an opportunity aligns with your funding needs. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have.

We value and appreciate the important work local nonprofits are leading, and we look forward to partnering with you.

Community Grants

The Foundation makes Community Grants to a wide variety of charitable organizations serving greater Forsyth County, in areas including community development, the arts, health, education, human services, and beyond.

Strategic Initiative Grants

The Foundation’s three Strategic Initiatives—the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and Youth Grantmakers in Action (YGA)—are led by community volunteers and work to amply collective impact for Black communities, women and girls, and youth in Forsyth County.

other grant programs


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.  

stories of impact: Community Grants

Finding Loving Homes for Animals

AARF is an animal rescue organization ensuring their cats and dogs receive the best care while awaiting adoption.

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