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          Our Communities of Northwest Stokes Foundation


           Our Communities of Northwest Stokes Foundation is pleased to                    announce a grants program that is made possible through funds 

                                      raised by Francisco FarmFest.


About Our Communities and the Foundation

Our Communities of NW Stokes is a local development initiative that focuses on revitalization in Francisco, Collinstown, Asbury, Aarons Corner, Harts Store, Johnstown, Westfield, and Double Creek, and on building programs and partnerships that benefit Northwest Stokes County.  It is a community-driven and all-volunteer effort.  Our Communities of NW Stokes Foundation, a non-profit (501C3) organization, was created in 2015 to support this work and to assist in funding projects in the region.


About the Program

What is its purpose? The program was created to encourage citizens of Northwest Stokes County to propose projects that will benefit their communities or our area as a whole; and to help people jump start, carry out, or complete projects of value to our area.

How much are the grants?  Grants in the amount of $500 and $1,000 are available.

Who may apply?  Individuals or groups such as school, community organizations, or clubs located in Northwest Stokes County are eligible.  We encourage potential applicants to apply irrespective of their level of experience producing or managing projects.  Although applicants can request either $500 or $1,000 for their project, we suggest that those without experience consider applying for a $500 grant.

What is Northwest Stokes?  Northwest Stokes is generally considered to be part of Stokes County west of Route 8 and north of Route 268.  Most of the communities are in the Big Creek Township.

How can I apply?  The application form can be downloaded below and also is available at the Francisco Fire Department.  Completed applications should be mailed to Our Communities of Northwest Stokes Foundation, 7104 NC 89 W, Westfield, NC 27053.  A year's end final report will be required for all funded grants.  An example of this form also can be downloaded below. 

When are applications due?  Completed application forms and all letters of reference must be received by December 1, 2022.

When will awards be announced?  Awards will be announced in mid-December 2022.

What kind of projects are eligible?  Priority categories for this year include Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Education, Economic/Business Development, and Beautification and Recreation.  Examples of eligible projects include music or other art events, sports events, classes or workshops, competitions, training, school trips, gardens or trails, exhibits, children’s activities, and research.  No projects with a religious or political purpose will be considered.

When must the projects be completed? December 15, 2023.

What are the reporting requirements? Periodic updates may be requested throughout the year.  Final reports are due within 30 days of project completion.

Will 2022 grant recipients be eligible for other OC Grants in the future?  Yes.

How can applicants obtain answers to their questions about the Grant program?  For questions about the application, email Thadia George at including “OCNWS grant” in the subject line.  Guidance also will be provided for funded projects if needed.



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