Small Business Relief Grant Program

Applications Currently Closed

Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. and the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership have launched a grant fund for small businesses in Forsyth County who have been impacted by COVID 19.

Funding priorities include but aren’t limited to assisting businesses owned by women and people of color and/or those located downtown that were also affected by the Business 40 closure and COVID 19 in short succession.

Businesses with 1-3 employees may qualify for a grant of up to $2,500.

Businesses with 4+ employees may qualify for a grant of up to $5,000.

Applicants should read the entire criteria and gather supporting documentation prior to submitting an application.

Grant Guidelines

Review Committee

McDara Folan, III – Retired Senior VP and Deputy General Counsel, Reynolds American Inc.

Linda Garboczi – Principal, GraMar Advisors

Oscar Santos – Senior Vice President and Inclusion and Diversity Corporate Leader at Truist Bank (formerly BB&T)

Eyden Thomas – Lead Manager, Employee Brand, Reynolds American, Inc.

Allan Younger – Director, Small Business Center, Economic & Workforce Development, Forsyth Technical Community College


Wendy and Mike Brenner

Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership

Forsyth County

Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.

The Millennium Fund

Claire and Randall Tuttle

Wells Fargo Foundation

Winston-Salem Foundation

Current List of Recipients



Ongoing support is critical to support as many businesses as possible. Please contact us to donate.


Please complete the application below to be considered for a grant.

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