Although the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) started out as a fund that was part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, it’s now an independent foundation with a very specific focus. Here are a few tips on how to secure a grant from AWF.
This is a funder that believes that economic self-sufficiency is at the heart of the many critical issues that girls and women face in the Atlanta area. In terms of grantmaking, this priority often lends itself well to education, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and job skills training programs. In a recent grant cycle, AWF's funding addressed high school graduation rates and living wage job placement.
Address Generational Poverty
In Atlanta and many other cities, poverty is passed down from one generation to the next like a unwanted heirloom. This funder looks to support groups that break cycles of generational poverty and help women and girls rise above the conditions they were raised in.
Serve at Least 75 Percent Women & Girls
Females living in poverty is the sole target demographic of this foundation’s grantmaking. Last year’s grantees include the Agape Youth & Family Center, Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Clinic for Education, Treatment and Prevention of Addiction, Inc., and Refugee Women’s Network.
Serve the Five-County Atlanta Metro Area
Almost all grantmaking takes place in the Atlanta metro area counties of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett. AWF is active in Atlanta communities as well and hosts events for nonprofits and the general public on a regular basis. For example, the foundation hosted a Yogathon in Chastain Horse Park in Buckhead to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit women and girls. AWF also hosted a screening of a documentary about postpartum depression, a problem 1.3 million American women struggle with each year.
Consider Mental Health
Last year, the foundation launched a two-year initiative to address the mental health needs of women and girls in the area. This is a partnership with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. Past mental health grantees include the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, and Community Advanced Practice Nurses.
To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Atlanta Women’s Foundation: Southeast (Georgia) Grants. You can also check in on what AWF is doing from time to time by following the foundation’s news and blog sections.