Reconnecting Youth to Economic and Education Opportunities

This funding opportunity advances economic mobility and equity for Forsyth County youth (ages 16 – 24) who have been disconnected from school and work, by increasing the number of young adults who move into living-wage jobs. We know that these youth—particularly youth of color—are impacted by systemic barriers and institutional racism and need support to secure living wage jobs and find the path to economic and educational success. This funding opportunity is designed to encourage communications, advocacy, and community engagement; and create policy reform to improve outcomes for youth and young adults not connected to work or school.


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.


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

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

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

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: January 26, 2022

Application deadline: February 9, 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.


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. Grassroots organizations and institutions are convening in Forsyth County and having conversations with community leaders and youth to address this issue and develop an action plan. The goal of this work is to identify opportunities and gaps for what is needed to effect lasting change in Forsyth County. The Trust is interested in hearing from organizations implementing this action plan. Efforts could include communications and advocacy campaigns, community engagement and public education work, capacity building, and convening partners. Organizations responding to this opportunity should have been involved, or show a willingness to get involved, in planning and convening with other community groups. The aim of this effort is to remove barriers to employment and education for youth that have been disconnected.

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.

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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