Building Support for Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

This funding opportunity is to extend the Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care pilot program to implement strategies and programs that build awareness of and support for family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care—informal childcare often provided by family members or friends—in Forsyth County. This work should be informed by the 2022 report on FFN care in the community and align with previous pilot efforts.

Steps to Apply



Strengthen the capacity of informal caregivers to provide enriching environments and developmentally appropriate care for young children and ensure that the Forsyth County childcare ecosystem is inclusive of informal care.


Conduct broad-based communications, community education, and advocacy efforts that advance goals.

Build community, network, organizational, and individual capacity so that historically marginalized populations, particularly Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, and other leaders of color can drive community and health improvement efforts.

Convene, facilitate, and coordinate stakeholders to collectively address goals. This could include better coordination within and across systems and regularly convening community partners.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: July 20, 2023
Application deadline: August 10, 2023

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.


Research shows that Forsyth County families consider many factors when making childcare arrangements, and that more than 70 percent of children are served outside the formal licensed childcare system. Safety, trust, affordability, convenience, and other factors lead many families to choose or rely on FFN care, and many parents reported a preference for FFN care and happiness with their current childcare arrangements. The Trust has previously supported pilot projects and a policy landscape analysis to better understand how to support FFN providers. The Trust is interested in extending these pilot efforts and developing and implementing community education and advocacy efforts based on previous research and strategic planning.

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 North Carolina? 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

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