Bettering the Lives of
Neighbors Through Grassroots Grants

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Interested in Applying for a Grassroots Grant?

Here’s what you need to know:

What Are Grassroots Grants? 

Grassroots grants are place-based grants that focus on strengthening and connecting resident-led groups and their leaders in neighborhoods. The goal of grassroots grantmaking is to build the capacity of groups who want to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods 

Grassroots Grants Program

The NBN Grassroots Program supports the community-based initiatives of neighborhoods in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina. We believe that it is only when residents help come up with solutions can long-term change occur. That is why we provide financial assistance for ideas that promote growth and development in communities.


United Way of Forsyth County is investing in the work that NBN is doing by housing a new Place Matters grant under their existing Grassroots Grants Program. The Place Matters Grassroots Grant will provide additional support for transitional seed ideas to more sustainable, larger-scale initiatives and projects in 13* pilot neighborhoods.


Our Grassroots Grants Program awards range from $100 to $5,000 (community-wide) and from $100 to $10,000 (Place Matters Communities).


*Dreamland, Bowen Park, LaDeara Crest, Lakeside, Eastgate Village, Spalding Drive, Castle Heights, Cardinal Acres, Wildwood Park, Prospect Park, Ebony Hills, Monticello Park, and Northwood Estate

Who Can Apply?

You can apply if you are a resident-led community group that is located in a neighborhood that is considered a low to moderate-income neighborhoods and:

  • Can identify as a specific neighborhood with recognized boundaries
  • Neighborhood-based and have the support of the majority of the membership of its neighborhood organization
  • Managed by residents within the neighborhood and reflect the concerns of residents

  • Can show how the project will involve and impact the residents of the neighborhood
  • Able to show evidence of having the ability to do financial record keeping using an organization checking account

Applications are encouraged from grassroots neighborhood groups and small grassroots nonprofits that have not been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

How to Apply

In order to be eligible for a grassroots grant, applicants must attend an NBN Monday Night Interest meeting (click to see listed locations) scheduled for the 1st Monday of every month* from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Grant requests of $750 or less (micro-grants) are able to apply online. Grants above $750 (NBN Grassroots Grants, either community-wide or Place Matters) will receive the extended print application at the end of the interest meeting. The session will explain the grant application and requirements and answer any additional questions you may have about eligibility and how to fill out an application.

Applications are due on the 14th of each month by 5:00 PM. If you would like to schedule an intake meeting to discuss your project plans or would like more information, please contact:


Robert E Leak III, Grassroots Grants Coordinator (Community-Wide/Place Matters)

Phone: 336-602-2519 ext. 15


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Examples of Funded Projects

  • Signs for a neighborhood marketplace event
  • Surveys for residents working on neighborhood entrepreneurship
  • Materials for a neighborhood association garage sale fundraising event
  • Materials for a neighborhood association after-school program and bilingual parent education program
  • Neighborhood beautification and revitalization
  • Neighborhood association leader training

In addition to grassroots grants, NBN provides technical assistance, training, and leadership development to support groups who have been awarded funds to become better connected with one another and other resources in the community.