Improving Communities:Newton


Newton County, centrally located between the cities of Atlanta, Augusta and Athens, is uniquely positioned for positive expansion and growth. Newton County’s strong industrial base continues to grow the level of employment and the local economy. Arts, culture and recreation also play a large role in attracting newcomers to the area. 

Key Demographics:

  • Population: 99,958 
  • Median Household income: $54,286 
  • Percent below poverty level: 11.7 
  • Number of nonprofit organizations: 252 
  • Cities/towns include, Covington, Mansfield, Newborn, Oxford, Porterdale   

Sources: US Census, Guidestar 

The Newton Fund  

The Newton Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta was established in 2000 to bring together donors, nonprofits and community members to make philanthropy happen in Newton County.  The Newton Fund offers an annual grantmaking program, philanthropic learning opportunities, community awareness activities and an annual volunteer service award, the Pat Patrick “Big Heart” Award. 

Since 2000, the Newton Fund has granted more than $278,000 to area nonprofits to respond to the changing needs of the community. Past grantees include Arts Association, FaithWorks, The Learning Center, Newton County Special Olympics, Project Adventure, Rainbow Community Center and Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.    

To learn more about the Newton Fund, please click here


Applying for a Grant

The Newton Fund grant program aligns with The Community Foundation's Common Good Funds grant program. The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in the application process. Newton Fund Advisory Committee and program staff will then review all LOIs and invite organizations to submit Final Applications.

2014 Deadlines
July 29: Orientation session
August 18: Letter of Intent due
September 26: Final Application due (by invitation only)
November 3-14: Site visits
February 2015: Grants awarded

2014 Application Materials


Letter of Intent Instructions
Letter of Intent Application (new)
Final Application (new)
Final Application Instructions
Board Information Form
Strategic Planning Form

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In-person Orientation
An in-person orientation for the Morgan Fund was held on Tuesday, July 29. To view the PowerPoint presentation from this orientation session, please click here.


Grants & Support  

The Newton Fund awarded a general operating support grant to The Center for Community Preservation and Planning in 2010.  The grant was used to update its technology and broaden its education and outreach efforts to facilitate and strengthen public involvement. This grant helped The Center offer information in a variety of formats that promote collaboration and encourage public input as a means for citizen and public officials to collaborate on public policy. 
FaithWorks also received a grant in 2010 for general operating support.  FaithWorks provides emergency financial aid to Newton County citizens in need.  In 2010, the organization invested more than $133,000 in 901 households, impacting the lives of 2,552 individuals in the Newton community.
In 2010, the Community Arts Association of Newton County received a gift designated by the Mary Arnwine, the 2010 honoree of the Pat Patrick “Big Heart” Award. Funds were used to provide scholarships for four children to participate in the Young Artists Program.  


Recent Press & News

Newton Fund awards grants and honors community volunteer
Press release, 2/23/2011

Newton Fund announces upcoming grant cycle - September 1 deadline
Press release, 8/6/2010

Students present grants to local organizations
Newton Citizen, 4/22/10

Montessori School students give grants to local nonprofits
Covington News, 4/21/10

Morgan named chair of CFGA Newton Fund advisory board
Covington News, 3/21/10

Community Foundation awards grants to 10 nonprofit groups
Newton Citizen, 1/14/10



To include a local perspective in this work, the Newton Fund has created an Advisory Committee of members comprised of knowledgeable leaders representing diverse segments of the community. Committee members live and work in Newton County and are committed to developing local philanthropy and responding to the needs of their community.

Margaret Washington, Chair
Lisa Hanson, Vice Chair
Keith Davis
Teri Goodman
Betsy Morehouse
Candy morris
Greg Proffitt
Scott Willis
Katrina Young

Newton Contact Information:

For more information about the Newton Fund, please call Jasper Tanner, program officer, at 404-526-1103 or email


2013 Grants & Community Service Award


On Tuesday, February 25, the Newton Fund held a special reception at Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast to award roughly $12,000 in grants to three local nonprofits and to announce the recipient of its fifth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award, Louise B. Adams

Grant recipients were:

  • Damascus Road Recovery
  • Newton County Community Partnership
  • Newton Mentoring


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