Black Philanthropy Initiative Grants

The mission of the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) of The Winston-Salem Foundation is to acknowledge and celebrate the traditions of sharing in the Black community and to expand the models of charitable giving through education and engagement.

BPI is led by an advisory committee of community volunteers who wish to promote the impact that philanthropy is making in the development of our community.  In 2007, members of the BPI Advisory Committee launched the Black Philanthropy Fund, a fund dedicated to supporting issues that impact the African-American community, with a special focus on education, financial literacy, and parenting and life skills training.

Nonprofit organizations serving the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County area are eligible to apply for grant funding from the Black Philanthropy Fund. Organizations seeking to enhance their current programming or those planning to implement new programs serving African-Americans in this area are encouraged to apply.

BPI accepts proposals from three focus areas:

1.    Education: projects may include: afterschool programs, mentoring programs, programs designed to improve graduation rates or other educational programs with an academic focus
2.    Parenting: program areas may include: teen parenting, fatherhood, child-parent relationships and other related issues for either teens or adults
3.    Financial Literacy: program areas may include debt avoidance, finance, savings, budgeting and related issues for either teens or adults

Please note: organizations may only apply for one of the three focus areas, and the committee will not consider multiple requests from one organization.  BPI will consider grant requests of $5,000 or less. The Black Philanthropy Initiative Advisory Committee will notify grant recipients in December 2016.

The Black Philanthropy Fund does not award grants to support the following:

  • Individuals
  • Long-term operating support
  • Projects that would ordinarily receive public funding
  • Religious activities that serve only the members of a single congregation or promote a particular faith

Grant application process:  The 2016 BPI grant application deadline has passed. 2016 applicants will receive a funding decision by the end of December.

The BPI grant application process will reopen in August of 2017.

For questions on the BPI grants process contact Sandra Fishel-Booth at the Foundation or call (336) 725-2382.


View BPI grant awards from: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

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