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.

  • Delta Arts Center: $1,000 to provide a free summer music camp for youth in east Winston-Salem
  • Dream The Impossible: $1,000 to provide mental health education and programming to raise suicide awareness among youth
  • Dreamers Student Athlete Counseling: $500 to provide college tours to approximately 20 student athletes
  • Hope to Thrive: $1,000 to provide four weeks of coaching on wealth building, health awareness and entrepreneurship
  • Journee Bees Village: $1,000 to offer wellness workshops for families and youth involved with the criminal justice system
  • My FACE, Inc. (Males and Females Acting in Empowerment): $1,000 to provide wholistic mentoring and support to low-income female heads of household
  • PUCC: Konnoak Community Freedom School: $1,000 for a field trip and enrichment experience for middle school scholars participating in the Freedom School summer program
  • Read, Empower, and Distinguish (READ): $1,000 to train and equip parents with tools and resources to further support their children's literacy
  • TCJ Motivations, Inc.: $1,000 to provide programming to promote academic excellence among male high school students
  • Urban Steam Foundation: $1,000 to expand curriculum and train teachers for a weekly afterschool and summer STEAM program
  • Virtual & in-Person (ViP) Tutoring and Peer Guides Program: $1,000 to support a youth-led tutoring and mentoring program
  • I.C.A.R.E. (Individuals Caring About Rehabilitation and Education): $1,000 to provide essential items to those experiencing homelessness in local neighborhoods
  • One Love Strong Foundation: $1,000 for marketing and educational materials for families to help reduce pre-term births, hospital readmission, and infant mortality
  • Partnership for Prosperity: $1,000 to provide stipends to youth ambassadors in the Castle Heights community
  • The Speech Bus, Inc.: $1,000 to support a website for a literacy program for preschool children and a communication device for nonverbal participants
  • Tiny Creators: $1,000 to teach life skills and provide enrichment activities for young girls
  • WISE Fellowship: $1,000 for a laptop and speaker system for a mobile reading program


Impact Grant applications are considered twice a year (summer and winter); applicants will receive a decision after a two-month review period.

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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