Community Progress Fund

Sometimes, a local organization, idea, issue or project needs that extra boost at just the right time to continue to make progress toward an end goal. The Community Progress Fund is designed to provide an infusion of short-term funding at the right moment and is intended to build on existing momentum to help move an issue, an idea or an organization forward.

The Progress Fund allows communities to test ideas, expand promising efforts, or achieve greater impact. By investing in these local efforts, ZSR will enhance its understanding of North Carolina by learning from community members’ unique experiences and connections to people and places.

Our goal is to award a significant portion of grants to organizations that are run by and primarily serve people of color, therefore ZSR strongly encourages applications from these organizations.

Download a printable summary of ZSR's Community Progress Fund.

Please note that submitting a Letter of Intent is the preliminary step in introducing a proposal
to ZSR. Therefore it is not necessary to contact a ZSR staff member. Email with questions about the Community Progress Fund.