$1M Awarded To Triad Nonprofits Responding to Pandemic
The COVID-19 Response Fund of Forsyth County has awarded its first grants to local nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials announced plans Monday to disperse over $1 million to 15 organizations including the Salvation Army, Neighbors For Better Neighborhoods, and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
More than $3 million has been raised for the fund since it was created late last month, including $1 million from the City of Winston-Salem. Council members formally approved the city’s contribution at a virtual meeting Monday night.
Councilmember D.D. Adams said she’s been fielding calls from residents asking the city to be more transparent about why some organizations were awarded funds over others.
“There is a growing concern in the public," said Adams. "And I know I'm not the only council member hearing it.”
The fund is administered jointly by the United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Foundation. Officials say priority in this round of funding was given to organizations that address the basic needs of community members, including rent assistance and food needs.