Grant Guidelines

Our grantmaking focus emanates from our research report Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County. We know that a woman’s ability to take care of herself and her family as well as her ability to contribute to her community depends on her ability to be economically secure.

The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem has two grant programs through which organizations may apply for funding. Both of these grant programs seek to effect social change in our community in order to improve the lives of women and girls. Both programs also share the same general guidelines and restrictions, with the primary differences being the size of organizations targeted, the amount of funding available per grant, and the application process.

The Community Grants Program
This grant program will provide organizations of all sizes with grants of up to $30,000. The Community Grants Program has a two-step application process that includes a preliminary application and a full proposal.

The Grassroots Grants Program
The Grassroots Grants Program is designed to level the playing field for smaller organizations (often without development departments) so they can compete for grants from The Women’s Fund. This grant program will provide community-based grassroots organizations (with annual operating budgets of up to $250,000 per year) with grants of up to $10,000. The Grassroots Grants Program has a two-step application process that includes a preliminary application and a shorter full proposal. 

2014 RFP Click here to download a pdf version of the complete 2015 Grant Guidelines



The deadline for submittal of the full application is 11:59 p.m. on August 6, 2015 to Please note, full applications are accepted for invited organizations only. 

2015 Full Grant Application

Authorization to Submit Proposal

The following documents may be emailed or submitted in hard copy to The Women's Fund by the application deadline: 

  • Signed Authorization to Submit Proposal (form above)
  • Board of Directors list
  • A balance sheet and income statement (P&L) for your last completed fiscal year and current year to date (not required for public agencies)
  • Letter(s) of support of Memorandum(s) of Understanding with any collaborative partners
  • Copies of any policies or documents that demonstrate your organization's inclusion, equity, and diversity practices
  • If using a fiscal sponsor, please provide a letter for Memorandum of Understanding outlining the role and responsibilities of the fiscal sponsor






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