On March 18, 2020, the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County was established by a partnership between United Way of Forsyth County, The Winston-Salem Foundation, the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and Community Organizations Active in Disaster to support local community members impacted by the novel coronavirus.
Flexible resources will be provided for immediate, emerging, and long-term needs to organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. The fund is designed to complement the work of government and public health officials to address all aspects of the outbreak in Forsyth County.
The City of Winston-Salem has already pledged $1,000,000, along with $100,000 each from United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation. Additional corporate support has also been secured.
The first phase of proactive and responsive grants will fund nonprofits with one-time general operating support in order to assist with the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19. United Way of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation will administer the fund.
An advisory committee of local funders and community institutions working directly with impacted populations will oversee the application process. More specifically, initial funding will benefit disproportionately impacted individuals and families including:
- Residents without health insurance and/or access to paid sick leave
- Individuals experiencing homelessness
- Healthcare workers
- Hospitality and service industry workers
- Unauthorized immigrant populations
- Communities of color, and in particular, residents with limited English language proficiency
Additional phases of future funding will be developed by evaluating the funds available, community needs, and government response.
An application process for nonprofit organizations to request funds will be available by March 27.