Advancing Equity in Education Grants

BPI’s focus of advancing racial equity in education comes from the data in BPI’s Rethinking Philanthropy report released in 2018, which reveals how systemic inequities have disproportionately affected Black residents. As a strategic initiative of The Winston-Salem Foundation, this grant program directly aligns with one of the Foundation’s focus areas: to advance equity in education.

BPI wants to address the deliberate and systematic efforts that deprive schools in Black and brown communities, therefore denying students the resources to thrive and reach their full potential. We want to ensure that students of color, especially Black students, are able to learn in a supportive environment that respects their humanity, upholds their dignity, and has the resources to provide students with the space to learn, grow, and thrive.  

We support grant proposals that:

  • are designed with a focus on racial equity, to ensure all K-12 and higher education systems have the support they need to ensure that every student thrives.
  • are designed to make a positive impact on students of color with an explicit focus on Black students.
  • are being implemented by a 501(c)(3)organization, public school or higher education institution, or a faith-based organization. (Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) may ask an organization with this exemption to serve as a fiscal agent.)

Priority will be given to:

  • Black-led groups/organizations (Organizations where more than 50% of leadership staff are Black and/or more than 50% of board members are Black.) 
  • Organizations and programs that invest directly in predominately Black neighborhoods (including 27101, 27105, and 27107).
  • Organizations that are actively engaging those they are working with to help guide the organization’s work and determine its goals.

Examples of potential grant requests include programs that address inequities with remote learning access, improve disciplinary policies and practices that impact students of color, and provide implicit bias training for educators.


In November 2020, BPI requested proposals that work toward advancing racial equity in education so that Black students and graduates can gain access, advance, and have the support needed to thrive.

  • LEAD Girls of NC Inc $10,000 to help middle school girls boost literacy and develop critical social and emotional skills
  • My Brother's Second Chance – $10,000 to provide direct services and support to students of color and their families
  • Neighborhood's Hands – $10,000 to provide tutoring support for elementary students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Sherman Academy Inc – $10,000 for a parent mentor program and culturally-responsive math and reading materials
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church – $5,000 to support a remote learning site providing services to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools students
  • The Dream Team Foundation, Inc – $10,000 to support a remote learning site providing services to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools students
  • Triad Cultural Arts, Inc – $5,000 to support a mentoring program focused on literacy for 3rd grade African-American boys
  • Action4Equity – $10,000 to support a wellness initiative for adolescent boys of color
  • Authoring Action – $10,000 to support an intensive arts and education-based program for teens  
  • Carter G. Woodson School – $10,000 to support a male mentoring program for students in grades 6-12
  • Crosby Scholars Community Partnership – $10,000 to introduce Black male students to various medical career pathways
  • Hoops4L.Y.F.E. – $10,000 for a summer enrichment program focused on students of color
  • Neighborhood's Hands – $10,000 to support additional staff and learning materials for two learning centers  
  • Quality Education Academy – $8,000 to support a STEM-focused mentor program focused on students of color


Equity in Education Grant applications are considered once a year; applicants will receive a decision after a two to three-month review period.  BPI will offer our next Equity in Education Grant round in Spring 2023.

As grant application deadlines become available, we will provide updates through this website, e-news, and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Please sign up for our e-news to be among the first to know!

Do you have a proposal idea you'd like to discuss before you apply? We'd like to hear from you! Please contact us to schedule a conversation.
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