COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County

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    This fund will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in Forsyth County. We will continue accepting donations to the fund through September 30, 2020.

    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 will be offered in phases by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation are administering 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:

    Phase One

    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:

    https://www.wsfoundation.org/covid-19-grantees

    Phase Two

    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:

    https://www.wsfoundation.org/press-releases/covid-19-fund-awards-grant-to-hispanic-league

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