Community Grants: Capacity-Building Grants & Capital Campaign Grants

Winston-Salem Foundation

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $100,000

Next deadline: Mar 2, 2020 2:00pm PST

Later deadlines: Sep 1, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project

Location of project: Forsyth County, North Carolina

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



What We Value

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

What We Fund

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.

Capacity-Building Grants 

The Foundation defines capacity-building as activities and projects that help nonprofits enhance their internal workings in order to better fulfill their missions and achieve more impactful outcomes. We believe that strong governance, effective management, and regular adaptation are essential in order for nonprofits to thrive, and we are open to receiving funding requests from nonprofits in a variety of capacity-building areas. 

Requests may include a wide variety of expenses, including consultants' fees and new staff salaries, with a maximum request amount of $25,000.

Capacity-Building Areas: 

  • Governance, Leadership, Staff Development
    • Examples:
      • Board development
      • Succession planning
      • Professional development/staff training
      • Executive coaching
      • Human resource assistance
  • Learning, Adaptation, Evaluation 
    • Examples:
      • Organizational assessments
      • Organizational restructuring
      • Program restructuring and/or realignment
      • Strategic planning
      • Merger exploration/assistance
      • Back office collaboration/shared services
      • Service/program collaboration
      • Feasibility analysis
  • Technical Skills 
    • Examples: 
      • Service/program evaluation
      • Financial analysis
      • Financial management
      • Information technology assistance
      • Marketing/communication plans/assistance
      • Outreach and advocacy skill development
      • Development plans/assistance
      • Software
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion 
    • Examples:
      • Training/coaching for developing/using asset-based approaches
      • Participant inclusion training/coaching
      • Unconscious Bias training/coaching
      • Diversity, equity, and inclusion training/coaching

Capital Campaign Grants

Capital campaign grants are available to organizations on the Campaign Coordinating Committee calendar in amounts up to $100,000; the Foundation's average grant size to a capital campaign is $75,000. Larger grants may be given to projects that are widely accessible, impact a significant portion of the community, and to projects for which the Foundation has restricted funds available.

Organizations must submit their request during the year in which they appear on the Campaign Coordinating Committee calendar.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Foundation makes grants to charitable organizations serving the greater Forsyth County area of North Carolina through its Community Grantmaking process.


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