Z. Smith Reynolds simplifies grant process

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The state’s largest general-purpose funder has redesigned part of it grant-application procedures to make it easier for nonprofits to access smaller grants.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, based in Winston-Salem, says the new process will apply to grant requests of up to $35,000 a year for a maximum of two years.

Grants of more than $35,000 now are referred to as “strategic grants.”

The goal of the redesign is to keep small organizations from having to spend a disproportional amount time and resources to receive a relatively small amount of funding, the foundation says.

The time and effort nonprofits will save through the new process, it says, will allow them to focus more on their mission-related activities.

The new application for small grants is available online.

Reporting forms and processes for small-grant recipients are still under development, but will also be streamlined and simplified, the foundation says.

The deadline for grant applications is Feb. 16.

The foundation’s focus areas are community economic development, the environment, democracy and civic engagement, pre-collegiate education and social justice and equity.

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