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 for grant seekers needing 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 grantmaking amount has since grown to $100 million in 2017. The foundation’s assets reached $1.1 billion. The foundation seeks to “help the Atlanta region prosper” by “connecting the passions of donors with the purposes of nonprofits.”

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 available grants for more information.

Grant seekers 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, grant seekers will need to complete an organizational profile and common grant application on the foundation’s online application portal. 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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