Community Grants Guidelines 2017


The Winston-Salem Foundation exists to make philanthropy and its benefits available to all.  Our ability to achieve this mission depends upon our commitment to generosity, inclusion, integrity, and excellence.  We value:

  • The strengths and assets of community residents
  • Asset-based approaches to address community challenges and develop opportunities
  • Lasting bonds of trust and cooperation that increase social capital
  • The contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
 Click here to review the Foundation's criteria for evaluating Community Grant requests.


The Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations serving the greater Forsyth County area of North Carolina through its Community Grantmaking process.  Final grant decisions rest with our volunteer governing board, The Winston-Salem Foundation Committee.

We fund in areas including, but not limited to arts and culture, education, health, human services, community development, domestic animals, and building social capital.  The Foundation makes grants for a wide range of charitable purposes, generally in three categories:

Capacity-building grants: The Foundation regularly makes grants to organizations to embark on projects that help to strengthen the organization's ability to fulfill its mission.  Capacity-building grants have included, but have not been limited to, requests for new positions, planning work, and work with consultants.

Programmatic grants: The Foundation regularly makes grants to support the development of new program services and to assist with the expansion of existing programs.  The Foundation does not typically support existing programmatic costs.

Capital campaign grants: The Foundation occasionally makes grants to capital campaigns in support of local organizations and facilities when they serve a wide cross-section of community members.  Any campaign with a local fundraising goal of $500,000 or more must be on the Campaign Coordinating Committee Calendar. The Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign on the calendar is $75,000; off-calendar grants will not exceed $20,000.

The Foundation does not award Community Grants to support the following:

We make occasional grants for equipment and special events, although these are a low priority.

The Foundation's funding priorities may vary based on current initiatives, economic conditions, and grantmaking funds available.

Note: If you are seeking a Community Grant for $1,000 or less, click here to be directed to our Small Grants guidelines.


Please click here to visit our Community Grants Application Process page to learn more about our application deadlines and to download the Preliminary Application.

If you have an idea that you would like to discuss with the Foundation, please contact the Foundation's Grantmaking staff.


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