Nonprofits & Community Groups

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 is committed to investing in organizations that are strengthening Forsyth County through our Community Grants program, Focus Area Investments, and other grant programs.

Please review the guidelines and requirements for each grant type below to help you decide which may be the most helpful to your group or organization. For current grantees, our staff is 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 three types of Community Grants to a wide variety of charitable organizations serving greater Forsyth County, 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

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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