COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County


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The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established by a partnership between United Way of Forsyth County, The Winston-Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and Community Organizations Active in Disaster to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus.

Flexible resources will be provided for immediate, emerging, and long-term needs to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.

The first phase of proactive and responsive grants will fund nonprofits with one-time general operating support to respond to client needs as a result of the COVID-19 virus in order to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation will administer the fund, charging no administrative fees.

More specifically, initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:

  • Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Healthcare workers
  • Hospitality and service industry workers
  • Unauthorized immigrant populations 
  • Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency

An advisory committee of local funders and community institutions working directly with impacted populations will oversee the application process. This committee is comprised of: 

  • Deborah T. Wilson – United Way of Forsyth County
  • Nora D. Ferrell and Jason W. Baisden – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
  • Peggy S. Reingold – Wells Fargo
  • Mamie Sutphin – Reynolds American, Inc.
  • Cheryl Lindsay – HanesBrands
  • Brent A. Waddell – Truist
  • Reginald McCaskill – Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity
  • Sandra Fishel-Booth – The Winston-Salem Foundation

Additional phases of future funding will be developed by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response.

Organizations will receive a grant decision within two weeks after application, but ideally sooner. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs in subsequent funding phases.

How to Apply:

An application for organizations to request funds is now available through The Winston-Salem Foundation’s Grant Application Portal.


In an effort to provide the most up to date information regarding the COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have compiled a list of FAQs. They may be accessed here

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