Great Expectations Funding Opportunity

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences - Closed

This funding opportunity supports evidence-based approaches to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in Forsyth County.

Steps to Apply



Increase accessibility to interventions that prevent or mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).


Support evidence-informed and evidence-based programs focused on the whole family to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Timeframe for Applications

The Trust is not currently accepting applications for this funding opportunity.

Geographic Focus

Forsyth County

Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.



Evidence continues to emerge about the negative social-emotional and health impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Young children who have experienced significant trauma and toxic stress are more likely than their peers to have developmental delays and difficulty with self-regulation, which impacts their success in school.

In order to prevent trauma and to support children and families who experience it, the Trust has already invested in several evidence-based approaches that strengthen protective factors and equip parents and caregivers to identify and address behavioral health needs.

We are learning from these investments and from the community that more capacity is needed in the system to address ACEs. Access to support is a key issue. We’ve learned that not enough children and families, especially those in households with low incomes, have access to the supports that they need to heal and thrive.

Opportunity Details

This funding opportunity will support evidence-based approaches to prevent ACEs and build the capacity of organizations to implement those approaches.

Proposals should specifically address prevention of child abuse and neglect.

The Trust is especially interested in proposals that authentically engage families with low incomes and families of color in program development and decision-making, and that include plans for seeking sustained funding.

Future Funding Opportunities

The Trust envisions opening future opportunities to prevent and mitigate ACEs in Forsyth County that may include expanding evidence-based treatment and training in trauma-informed care, raising community awareness about the impact of ACEs, and implementing innovative approaches to building protective factors and resiliency. Please check back for future Great Expectations funding opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.
  • Are your clients (or focus population) residents of Forsyth County? If yes, then you may fit our geographic criteria.

Organizations the Trust WILL fund:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Governmental entities

Organizations the Trust WILL NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
  • Type III supporting organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.


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