An Incubator for Neighborhood Supports
Participation in the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s Community Foundations and Neighborhoods Small Grants Program enabled The Winston-Salem Foundation to increase its efforts to provide leadership and financial support to “build community.” Although The Winston-Salem Foundation was not selected to receive an operating grant from the Mott Foundation, they chose to move forward with plans they had developed and participated as an adjunct site.
In 1991, the Foundation began the Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) program. It provided technical assistance, leadership development, and small grants to neighborhood associations working to improve the quality of life where they live. Its premises were that human resources could be reclaimed, healthy neighborhood leadership developed, and that improvements in both physical and human assets would contribute to the vitality of the whole community.Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods assisted communities in identifying potential community leaders and helped foster relationships among residents in order to develop the necessary climate of cooperation that advanced a community’s identity and led to more organization and formal associations.
Today Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods (NBN) is an incorporated supporting organization of the Winston-Salem Foundation and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. NBN receives financial support from The Winston-Salem Foundation, the Southern ECHO Fund, the City of Winston-Salem, and from individual and community contributions.
Contact Person: Brittney Gaspari
Title: Director, Grants
Telephone: (336) 725-2382 x 119