INCLUSIVE ECONOMY FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Engaging Community to Create a More Equitable Forsyth County Safety Net

A high functioning coordinated ecosystem of safety net services helps to increase the economic stability and mobility of families. Comprehensive and coordinated safety net services can help to reduce the impact of shocks and stresses that disproportionally affect people with low incomes. The Trust has long supported safety net organizations in Forsyth County to ensure people have access to critical needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. We have also heard from residents that continuing to strengthen the safety net in Forsyth County will require a greater focus on equity and community engagement. To help meet this need the Trust is interested in efforts to convene residents, grassroots organizations, and safety net providers to map and analyze gaps in the safety net system and to make recommendations for creating a more equitable and responsive set of services.

Steps to Apply

Overview

Goal

Improve effectiveness and efficiency of the system of local safety net services via coordination and alignment across Inclusive Economy and Great Expectations.

Strategy

Conduct community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to address goal.

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.

Timeframe for Applications

Call by: July 20, 2022
Application deadline: August 10, 2022

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.

Details

Continuing to strengthen the safety net in Forsyth County will require a greater focus on equity and community engagement. To help meet this need the Trust is interested in efforts to convene residents, grassroots organizations, and safety net providers to map and analyze gaps in the safety net system and to make recommendations for creating a more equitable and responsive set of services. We are particularly interested in the social safety net systems that meet the housing, supplemental income, and food assistance needs of residents. This work should reach deeper than solutions such as better advertising or co-locating services. We are interested in helping the community uncover the policies, practices, and barriers that make services unobtainable for working families or that deter residents from seeking assistance.

Creating a more equitable system requires that marginalized communities and grassroots organizations help drive the process. The Trust is particularly interested in proposals that center the voices of Black and Latinx residents and working people with low incomes. Interested parties should be prepared to discuss and map policies and practices that create barriers to services and propose solutions. These efforts could include technical assistance and evaluation but should include robust engagement of grassroots groups. Proposals should also name the set of safety net services that applicants plan to examine. These could include housing, income assistance, food, or related safety net programs.

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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If you have read the above eligibility requirements and think you are a good fit, use the form below or email Alison Duncan to schedule a phone consultation.

 

 

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