Community Grants

Community Grants are funded by the Council’s net profits from various fundraisers, of which 90% is used for Community Grants. The funds from Community Grants are to be used for Protection & Preservation and Beautification initiatives on publicly owned or non-profit land in Forsyth County, North Carolina.

There are Two Types of Community Grants:

  • A Protection & Preservation Grant is intended for the protection and preservation of landscapes and the natural environment. These initiatives include but are not limited to, the protection of natural resources, restoration of the natural environment, and preservation of the landscape.  Expenses may include items such as speaker fees, sponsorships, and relevant materials.
  • A Beautification Grant is intended for the beautification of the environment. These initiatives include the planting of trees, shrubs and flowers, planting of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and grains for consumption.  Plant materials should be perennials, trees, or shrubbery.  Funds are intended to be for the long-term landscape, not for the year-in and year-out annual garden.   Plants for human consumption will be considered for educational and community gardens.  The Council will consider approval of expenses for plant material only.  Expenses for labor, mulch, decorative rocks, gardening tools, irrigation systems, garden furniture, art, water features, statuary, shipping charges, etc., are not covered by this grant.  A Beautification Grant request should be accompanied by a design/landscape plan (formal or informal), a list of plant materials with sizes, quantities, and costs; and a maintenance plan including the watering source and schedule.  Invoices will be paid once the plant material is received.

Guidelines for Community Grants

  1. Community Grants Applications must be received, by mail or email, by The Garden Club Council by the first day of the month in which the Community Grants Committee meets. Therefore, grant applications must be received by March 1, 2021, or September 1, 2021.
  1. Community Grants are approved for a period of up to two years. Any changes or modifications to the project must be approved by the Community Grants Committee.
  1. Community Grants must be approved before any reimbursable project expenses can be incurred.

How to Apply for Community Grants

  1. Complete the appropriate Community Grants Application.

Click Here for a Protection & Preservation Grant Application

Click Here for a Beautification Grant Application

  1. Email completed Community Grants Application to

Or Mail/deliver completed project requests to:

Community Grants Chairman
The Garden Club Council
100 Reynolda Village
Winston-Salem, NC 27106


  1. The Contact Person at the organization/project requesting funds may be contacted for more information to assure an informed decision by the Community Grants Committee.
  1. Following the Garden Club Council meeting, the Contact Person will be notified, and approved applications will be assigned a Grant Identification Code.
  1. The Contact Person will provide all itemized invoices from suppliers or third parties with the assigned Grant Identification Code to the Community Grants Chair. The Community Grants Chair or the President of The Garden Club Council will verify the expenses and the Garden Club Council Treasurer will reimburse the predetermined party.

Active Projects

  • Sustainable Ardmore
  • Creative Corridors Coalition
  • Sherwood Forest Elementary
  • Ardmore Community Garden
  • Arts-Based Elementary School
  • Winston Square Park Coalition
  • Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful Flower Beds
  • Wiley Magnet Middle School
  • Crossnore Garden – Phase 1 and 2
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy/Crossnore
  • Happy Hill Neighborhood Clock Tower
  • Atkins High School
  • St. Leo Catholic School
  • Neighborhood’s Hands Community Garden
  • Reynolda Gardens Cherry Allee

Completed Projects

  • 2021 IFB Solutions
  • 2021 SECU Family House 
  • 2020 Silas Creek Parkway Project
  • 2020 R.J. Reynolds High School
  • 2020 Homestead Hills
  • 2019 Knollwood Baptist Church Preschool
  • 2019 Meadowlark Elementary
  • 2019 Salvation Army (Boys & Girls Club)
  • 2019 Industries for the Blind
  • 2018 Passageway Park
  • 2018 Moravian Archives
  • 2018 YMCA Family Garden
  • 2017 City of WS Creek Week
  • 2017 Amos Cottage
  • 2017 Old Salem Museum & Gardens
  • 2017 El Buen Pastor Church
  • 2016 Sherwood Elementary School
  • 2016 Messiah Moravian Preschool
  • 2015 Mt. Tabor High School
  • 2015 Robinhood Road YMCA
  • 2015 Arts-Based Elementary School
  • 2015 Boy Scout Project
  • 2014 Sustainable Ardmore
  • 2011 Buena Vista Median Project
  • 2011 SECU House
  • 2011 Runnymede Park
  • 2011 Robinhood Trails Neighborhood
  • 2010 Ronald McDonald House
  • 2009-2012 Reynolda Gardens
  • 2009 Caleb’s Creek Elementary School
  • 2008-2011 Family Services
  • 2008 Cancer Services
  • 2004 Whitaker Elementary School
  • 2004 Industries for the Blind
  • 2003-2004 Hanes Middle School
  • 2002-2004 R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
  • 2002 MLK Extension
  • 2002 Enrichment Center
  • 2002 Emily Allen’s Garden
  • 2000 Emily Allen’s Garden
  • 2000 Senior Services
  • 2000-2003 Single Brothers Garden at Old Salem
  • 1999-2015 Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful
  • 1998 SECCA Project at Winston Lake
  • 1998 Brunson Elementary School
  • 1997 NCSA