Our grantmaking focus emanates from our research report Through a Gender Lens: The Economic Security of Women and Girls in Forsyth County. We have found that economic security encompasses and impacts all four of our early focus areas: Self Sufficiency; Health and Safety; Leadership; and Family Issues. 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.