Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Grants

OVERVIEW: CFGA supports 23 counties through competitive grants in the Atlanta metro area in the fields of arts, community development, education, health and human services, and nonprofit effectiveness.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, community development, education, health and human services, nonprofit effectiveness

IP TAKE: General operating support is offered through several of CFGA’s competitive grant programs. This is a great Atlanta area funder to know if you need funding for ongoing administrative and infrastructure costs or to maintain existing, effective programs.

PROFILE: Four large banks created the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 1951, which were Citizens & Southern National, First National, Fulton National, and Trust Company of Georgia. In its first year, the foundation awarded $450,000 to Atlanta area nonprofits, and its annual giving amount has since grown to at least $60 million to $75 million. In a recent year, the foundation’s assets reached $930.8 million. More than $106.2 million has been distributed to over 6,200 nonprofit and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

CFGA supports 23-counties in the Atlanta metro area and is one of the nation’s top 25 community foundations by asset size. These counties are as follows: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

The foundation has five funding areas: arts, community development, education, health and human services, and nonprofit effectiveness. Education grants encompass early learning, post-secondary education, and workforce preparation. Health grants encompass needs like access to care and nutritious food. Grant programs offered include General Operating Support (includes Common Good Fund, Atlanta AIDS Fund, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund), Extra Wish, Grants to Green, Nonprofit Toolbox, and the Neighborhood Fund. Check out the general operating support guidelines for more information.

You can view a list of past grantees to get a better sense of CFGA’s grantmaking on the foundation’s Recent Grants & Support page. These grants were made through the Common Good Fund, which pools together funds given by donors and bequests to serve community issues. In a recent year, 120 nonprofits applied for these grants and 15 of them received funds. Most of these grants were between $30,000 and $100,000.

The foundation has many different deadlines to keep up with for its various funds. At any given time, there can be a dozen funds with upcoming competitive grant deadlines throughout the year. Sign up for the foundation’s e-newsletter to keep up with it all. The foundation also supports community initiatives, including past ones related to public schools, arts, AIDS issues, eco-friendly workplaces, and veterans’ needs.

To apply for a grant, you’ll need to complete an organizational profile and common grant application on the foundation’s online application portal. This was a new development as of 2016. In general, most grants are between $10,000 and $75,000, last for a 12-month period, and are very competitive.

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