Reconnecting Youth to Economic and Educational Opportunities

The Trust is working in Forsyth County to foster an inclusive economy and ensure every resident has the opportunity to thrive. This funding opportunity advances economic equity and support for Forsyth County youth ages 16 – 24, who have been disconnected from school and work, by increasing the number of youth who move into living-wage jobs.  Research indicates that about 14 percent of the county’s youth are considered “disconnected.” We know that these youth—particularly youth of color—are impacted by systemic barriers and institutional racism—and need our active support to secure living wage jobs and find the path to economic and educational success. It will take organizations, adults, and youth in our community to listen, learn and develop inclusive solutions together, putting ideas into action for a more equitable future.  This funding opportunity is designed to engage community groups and residents, especially organizations working with justice involved youth, to begin the process of finding solutions and developing an action plan.

Steps to Apply



Grow support for youth in Forsyth County, who have been disconnected from school and work, and increase the percentage who move into living wage jobs.


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.


Research indicates that about 14 percent of Forsyth County’s youth ages 16-24 are considered “disconnected,” meaning they are not currently engaged in the education system or economic opportunities. The Trust is interested in hearing from and building the capacity of grassroots organizations and groups working with justice involved youth. Through this work, grantees will participate in creating an action plan to reconnect youth to educational opportunities, including career and technical training that leads to employment; decrease the number of youth who drop out of school between the ages of 16-18; and develop solutions for support.

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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