As of September 30, 2020 we are no longer accepting donations to this fund.
The COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established to provide critical support to local nonprofits that are assisting with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.
Grant programs were offered in phases by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation are administered the fund, charging no administrative fees.
Current Grant Opportunities:
The final phase of responsive grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County will fund local nonprofit organizations to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.
Organizations may apply for grant support in one of two program areas:
- Assistance for economically vulnerable populations (specifically housing, utility, and food expenses)
Maximum request amount: $50,000 for operating grants and/or $100,000 for direct financial assistance to individuals
- Virtual learning assistance for public school students
Maximum request amount: $50,000
To apply, visit the Foundation’s Grant Application Portal; the application will be open September 16 to October 9 at 5 PM.
Grant Distribution Committee:
Applications will be reviewed and grant decisions made by:
Jason W. Baisden – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Nora D. Ferrell – Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Sandra Fishel-Booth – The Winston-Salem Foundation
Maegan Gomez – Community Representative
Courtney James – Community Representative
Cheryl Lindsay – Hanesbrands
Reginald McCaskill – Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity
Peggy S. Reingold – Wells Fargo
Mamie Sutphin – Reynolds American, Inc.
Brent A. Waddell – Truist
Deborah T. Wilson – United Way of Forsyth County
Previous Phases of Grantmaking:
During the first phase of grantmaking in April, the COVID-19 Response Fund provided one-time general operating support to nonprofits to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.
In this phase, 52 nonprofits were awarded $2,563,000 from private contributions to the Fund. In a separate review process, the City of Winston-Salem awarded an additional $1,000,000 in grants to 23 local nonprofits.
COVID-19 Response Fund Phase One Grants:
Since the beginning of the pandemic, data has shown that Latinx households in Forsyth County have been disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus and its effects.
In August, the Fund made a proactive grant in the amount of $121,000 to the Hispanic League on behalf of a public/private partnership to help Latinx individuals meet financial needs that arise from testing positive for COVID-19 and needing to quarantine. Services include supportive housing and rent/mortgage assistance due to lost wages during the quarantine period.
COVID-19 Response Fund Phase Two Grant: