Leadership Development and Organizational Capacity

This opportunity aims to support organizations and technical assistance providers working with nonprofit and grassroots groups led by people of color, or deeply embedded in communities of color, to build their sustainability and to increase their capacity to think more broadly about system change work.

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Increase community action toward building the will to create greater economic mobility for the working poor in Forsyth County.


Build community, organizational, and individual capacity in areas with low incomes so that historically marginalized populations can participate in economic, education, and health improvement efforts.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: January 26, 2021

Application deadline: February 16, 2021

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.


An inclusive economy is one in which there is expanded opportunity for more broadly shared prosperity, especially for those facing the greatest barriers to advancing their well-being. Simply stated, an inclusive economy offers more opportunities for more people. As a result of recently conducted research and community input we’ve learned that the Forsyth County/Winston-Salem area has been plagued by such challenges as barriers to employment that pay a living wage; failure to develop goals and strategies that bring all races forward together resulting in pockets of concentrated poverty; not investing in a more efficient and effective public transportation system that could produce increased mobility for those that need it; and having poor coordination of community resources that inhibit thriving residents and thriving communities.

In the Local Impact in Forsyth County program area, we recognize the need to develop additional capacity for organizations that are deeply connected to residents with low incomes. This funding opportunity aims to provide technical assistance through leadership development and organizational capacity to groups with strong networks among racial and ethnic minorities or in neighborhoods with low incomes.  Applicants should have significant experience with leadership development, virtual training platforms, and culturally competent staff and/or consultants.

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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