Impact Grants

BPI’s Impact Grants are investments in local programs, projects, and initiatives that build better futures and strengthen Black communities in Forsyth County. This program is specifically designed to invest in Black-led groups with annual budgets of less than $150,000 because smaller organizations are often overburdened with strenuous grant applications and left out of traditional grantmaking opportunities.

Our streamlined application process includes a short video submission. Though budgets may be smaller, we recognize that these small organizations consistently go above and beyond in how they show up for their community.

BPI supports work focused on the four key areas in our Rethinking Philanthropy report (education, jobs and wages, poverty, and civic engagement) as well as criminal justice reform and racial justice efforts.  

  • Organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,000. 
  • Applicants must be groups/organizations with annual budgets of less than $150,000.
  • Priority is given to Black-led organizations and programs. (Organizations where more than 50% of leadership staff are Black and/or more than 50% of board members are Black.) 
  • Priority is given to organizations and programs that work within predominately Black neighborhoods (including 27101, 27105 and 27107). 

Impact Grants may be used for general operating expenses and/or a specific program or project. The BPI Grants Committee will make grant decisions based on eligibility, current and potential impact of the organization/project, and demonstrated dedication and passion for the work.

February 2021 GRANT RECIPIENTS

While Impact Grants are typically investments of up to $1,000, grants of up to $5,000 were available during this grant cycle due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on our community.

  • Friends of the Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center $1,000 for a community garden and greenhouse
  • Happy Hill Neighborhood Association $1,000 to conduct a community survey to reach more youth to participate in a summer arts program
  • Heart of the Future Inc $1,000 for college scholarships and career readiness packets for high school youth who have parents experiencing incarceration
  • Hope to Thrive $1,000 to support an employee training and matching program that places program participants in jobs within the local food industry
  • Hustle Winston-Salem – $1,000 for a coffee with coaches program that will provide coaching to local Black entrepreneurs while supporting local Black-owned coffee shops
  • The Quality Truth Organization – $1,000 to provide virtual professional development and skill-building courses
  • Winston-Salem Black Chamber of Commerce – $1,000 to support career exploration programming and field trips for youth
August 2021 GRANT RECIPIENTS
  • Building Resources in Disadvantaged Groups through Economics and Empowerment (BRIDGE): $1,000 to partner with Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Center to offer three financial workshops to Black artists
  • H.O.P.E. Dealers Outreach: $1,000 to host peaceful community events that advocate for social justice, provide mentoring in schools and neighborhoods, and address gun violence
  • HUSTLE Winston-Salem: $1,000 to host a masterclass on disrupting the bias in fundraising for investments in Black entrepreneurs and businesses
  • The Wells Center Inc for Women in Transition: $1,000 to provide mentoring, resources, and job placement assistance to women transitioning out of the criminal justice system
  • Whole Man Ministries of NC: $1,000 for materials to renovate a home to provide to a chronically homeless veteran

HOW TO APPLY

Impact Grant applications are considered twice a year (summer and winter); applicants will receive a decision after a two-month review period. BPI will offer another Impact Grant round in the first quarter of 2022.

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