Building Stronger Neighborhoods

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The Building Stronger Neighborhoods (BSN) program, through neighborhood development and grantmaking, supports Greensboro neighborhoods as they mobilize assets to enhance community quality of life. BSN is supported by the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Coalition: Cemala FoundationCommunity Foundation of Greater GreensboroCone Health Foundation, and Greensboro Public Library.


How does the grant process work?

Neighborhood groups interested in applying should have a representative contact the Building Stronger Neighborhoods Neighborhood Consultant (Sadie Blue) prior to each application due date. Meeting with the liaison is not required, but it is strongly recommended. The group should then fill out the application form and submit it to the address listed by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.

Once a grant is awarded, a partnership begins between BSN and the neighborhood group. Before a check is issued, grantees must sign the Grant Agreement Form that outlines expectations including: approved use of grant funds; reporting requirements (results of the project and accounting of funds used); and publicity guidelines. Copies of these items are available from the BSN Neighborhood Consultant at or 336.355.8650.

Grantees are also required to complete a Grant Report Form at the end of the project for which they received funding. This form is due as soon as all grant funds have been expended but no later than 12 months after the grant is awarded. Subsequent proposals cannot be considered unless appropriate reporting forms have been completed for previously funded projects. Please contact the BSN Neighborhood Consultant to determine your eligibility status for funding before completing another application form. In special circumstances, grantees may request an extension of the deadline for using grants funds or a modification of how these funds are used. Contact the BSN Neighborhood Consultant for a copy of the appropriate form.

Grant application Downloads

  • Please click the following link to download the 2019 Building Stronger Neighborhoods Guidelines, Application, and Report Form (Word document) (PDF)

Are there any restrictions on how grant funds may be used?

Grant funds may not be used to pay salaries for functions that have normally been or are done by volunteers. Grant funds are not intended to support operating budgets of nonprofit agencies working in neighborhoods; however, neighborhood groups may use these funds to contract services from these organizations as well as other professional consultants.

What kind of help is available for grants?

Please direct questions on BSN grants to Sadie Blue, BSN Neighborhood Consultant at or call 336.355.8650.

Cycle Grant Applicant Workshop Date Location Application Received By Date Notification Date
A January 29, 2019 6:30pm The Community Foundation (330 S. Greene St., Ste. 100) February 15, 2019 April 5, 2019
B April 16, 2019 6:30pm Glenwood Library (1901 W. Florida St.) May 10, 2019 July 1, 2019
C August 20, 2019 6:30pm Glenwood Library (1901 W. Florida St.) September 13, 2019 October 9, 2019

How do I contact the BSN grant administrative office?

The administrative office for the Building Stronger Neighborhoods grant program is located at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro:

Sadie Blue, BSN Neighborhood Consultant

Sadie Blue, BSN Neighborhood Consultant

Sadie BlueBSN Neighborhood Consultant: | 336.355.8650

Kevin Lundy, CFGG BSN Liaison: | 336.379.9100

Foundation Place
330 South Greene Street Suite 100
Greensboro, NC 27401