Local Impact in Forsyth County: Funding Announcement

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is pleased to announce announce our grants process for the February 13, 2018, application deadline. 

WHAT WE BELIEVE

At the Trust, we believe we need to work together to ensure the young children of Forsyth County, North Carolina—especially those in financially disadvantaged families—meet developmentally-appropriate milestones in their first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life. That’s why we launched Great Expectations in 2015.

Our Strategic vision

In June, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust celebrated 70 years and released an updated Strategic Vision to underscore why we do this work and the change we support. But there is still work ahead.

To that end, the Trust continues to undergo a strategic review to refine our funding interests and amplify our impact. In this process, we expect to develop and adapt tools that help us, and the communities we serve, advance equity and build toward systems-level improvements. We also may adopt new strategies or focus areas as we seek to effectively fulfill the vision of Kate B. Reynolds to improve the quality of life and health for residents locally and around the state.

Through our Local Impact in Forsyth County program area, the Trust will continue its long-term commitments to Great Expectations and to improving the quality of life of financially disadvantaged residents in Forsyth County.

We recognize that, to make an enduring difference in the health and well-being of local residents, we need to improve the systems that create thriving communities. That’s why we are working to support equitable, healthy communities where residents come together to create the change they want to see. To that end, we will prioritize projects that involve community members in the process, engage unlikely partners in the conversation, and apply an equity lens to the overall work.

Funding Interests in Core Issue Areas

The Trust is interested in grant applications in the Local Impact in Forsyth County program’s core issue areas, detailed below.

Community Assets

Community Assets: Efforts to improve community assets will be locally sparked and must include multiple stakeholders. Assets addressed may include: food access, land use, mixed-use housing, playgrounds/open spaces, safety, and transportation. 

Education

Middle School Success: Efforts in middle school years to help students achieve academic success and to prepare them for high school graduation and beyond.

Post-secondary Completion: Programs and activities that enable individuals of all ages to seek post-secondary opportunities, and that further support students already enrolled to successfully complete their courses of study. Post-secondary programs include community college, trade school, professional certification and licensure, apprenticeships, and four-year programs.

Health Care

Behavioral Health: Programs and activities that provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. This includes integration with primary medical care. 

Oral Health: Programs and activities that provide access to appropriate preventative and restorative dental health care. 

Safety Net

Emergency Assistance: Priority will be given to proposals that provide assistance as part of a coordinated community response and that are connected to a comprehensive system of services to prevent future crises.

Supportive Housing: Efforts to provide affordable housing for people who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing homelessness that are combined with flexible, comprehensive services, such as job training, substance abuse programs, or case management. These services address the reasons for housing loss and help people to live more stable, healthy lives.

Capital Funding

The Trust will consider a limited number of capital requests (up to $350,000 per request) in our four core issue areas, which relate to enhancing the quality of life for underserved residents in Forsyth County. The application must describe how the request to the Trust is critical for the implementation of the project and fits squarely within our funding interests.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations works to ensure all children living in Forsyth County enter kindergarten ready to learn and leave set for success in school and life. It is the leading edge of our Local Impact in Forsyth County program area work and represents a belief in community and a commitment to collaborating with local organizations and residents to develop solutions. 

We have spent the past year investing in a few key areas and talking with parents and partners about what they need to support young children. We are continuing to listen and learn through the Forsyth Family Voices Learning Network, a training to support agencies in their work with parents and to empower parents to become leaders in their children’s education. We are also wrapping up the Family, Friend and Neighbor research—a project that surveyed more than 1,000 parents and 400 caregivers to learn more about children who are not in licensed childcare in Forsyth County. In the coming months, we will work with community partners and residents to determine what these findings mean for how we should work together moving forward. 

As we continue our strategic review to refine our Forsyth County funding interests, we are also considering how those funding interests align with our Great Expectations work.

Learning from the community and assessing our funding priorities go hand in hand. One cannot be done successfully without the other. What we are learning externally is helping to inform how we can work better and smarter long-term. 

Finally, we continue to follow and be engaged in important local work to support young children, including The Forsyth Promise’s work to improve cradle-to-career community coordination; Project Impact’s investments to support the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system; Forsyth Connects’ universal home visiting program to ensure all new parents have access to early care and supports; and the exploration of Universal PreK in Forsyth County. 

With that in mind, we remain interested in the following Great Expectations funding priorities:

Early Intervention and Health

  • Our learnings through Forsyth Family Voices reveal that too few children have access to the services they need, and too few parents are aware of the resources available to them. We have taken some critical first steps toward building a coordinated early childhood screening and referral system. We invested in the Forsyth Connects universal home visiting program at Novant Health’s Forsyth Medical Center, and in exploring Help Me Grow, which connects young children and their families with the services they need. 
  • We are interested in proposals that increase access to health services and improve access to and coordination of developmental services for children. We are also interested in proposals that identify ways to ensure parents are aware of resources and options.

Access to Quality Childcare

  • In Forsyth County, approximately 70 percent of children age six and under are not in licensed childcare. The Trust will be releasing more information on what we’ve learned from this group of families and caregivers in the coming months.
  • We are seeking proposals that build upon the strengths of the families, friends, and neighbors caring for young children, and that explore innovative solutions to fostering equity in quality childcare—so it’s available and accessible to all families.

Birth-to-Eight Educational Alignment

  • The Early Childhood Service System Analysis identified the lack of alignment of efforts across early childhood programs in Forsyth County as a major concern. In addition, we are following state and national efforts to align early childhood and elementary education systems, designed to close later achievement gaps.
  • We are interested in proposals that foster birth-to-eight alignment, including data and evaluation strategies to measure progress across those systems. 

As we continue to work to improve early childhood systems, we also recognize that children are part of families. Many of these families need economic supports and opportunities. We are willing to entertain proposals that support economic security and better alignment of services for under-resourced families in Forsyth County.

As a reminder, we encourage proposals that:

  • Strengthen our work with and on behalf of marginalized communities
  • Listen to the community and families
  • Engage unlikely partners

Information about our current Great Expectations projects and grantees can be found on the website

Contact the Trust to Assess Funding Eligibility

To engage in an initial conversation about proposals for the February 2018 cycle, we ask all interested parties to contact our Program Coordinator, Alison Elster, at alison@kbr.org or 336-397-5521. Depending on fit with our issues, interests, and strategies, we may then schedule an appointment for a formal advance consultation with you. 

Please call as early as possible in the cycle to discuss if your project is a fit. We request that you call to discuss your idea and schedule an advance consultation well before January 30, 2018.

The grant application deadline is February 13, 2018, at 5:00 pm.