Neighbors For 
Better Neighborhoods

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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 purpose of the  Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) Grassroots Program is to strengthen neighborhoods in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County by supporting a wide range of community-based initiatives. NBN believes that long-term change in communities only happens when residents actively participate in creating solutions. For that reason, NBN seeks to support neighborhood groups, and encourage resident-led problem solving, by providing 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-$5000 (Community-wide) and  $100-$10,000 (Place Matters).


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

Some examples of funded projects:

  • Signs for a neighborhood marketplace event
  • Surveys for residents working on neighborhood entrepreneurship 
  • Materials for a neighborhood 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, and much, much more!


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.

Who can apply?

If you are a resident-led community group  located in a neighborhood that is considered low to moderate income and..

  • can identify as a specific neighborhood with recognized boundaries
  • are 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
  • and are able to show evidence of having the ability to do financial record keeping by having an organization checking account.

Applications are encouraged from grassroots neighborhood groups and small grassroots non-profits that have been recognized by the IRS as a 501© 3 non-profit organization.

How to Apply

In order to be eligible for a grassroots grant, applicants must attend a NBN Monday Night Interest meeting (click to see listed locations), scheduled for the 1st Monday of every month* from 6 pm - 7 pm. Grant requests of $750 or less (microgrants) are able to apply online (link below). Grants above $750 (Grassroots Grants: Community-wide & Place Matters) will receive the extended print application at the end of the interest meeting. The session will explain the grant application, requirements, and answer any additional questions you may have about eligibility and how to fill out an application. 


Applications are due on the 15th of each month by 5 pm


* September's Monday Night Interest will be held on the 2nd Monday of the month 

Sept 11th  – Habitat For Humanity 

1023 W Fourteenth 



If you would like to schedule and Intake meeting to discuss your project plans or would like more information, please contact: 


Robert E Leak III, Grassroots Grants Coordinator / Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator(Community-wide/Place Matters)

Phone: (336) 602-2519 ext 15

E-mail: rleaknbncommunity@gmail.com

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN)

502 N. Broad Street, W-S, NC 27101



If applying for a microgrant of $750 or less click here