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

Information for 2016 grant cycles, including guidelines, applications and deadlines, will be posted beginning in May 2016.

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Grants & Support 


Action Ministries received a grant in 2015 to establish a financial literacy program for Newton County clients.


The Community Resource Center dba FaithWorks received a grant in 2015 to expand local partnerships and build awareness of their organization through media sources in Newton County.


Newton County Community Partnerships received a grant in 2015 to support board development.

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. 

Greg Proffitt, Chair
Teri Goodman

James Johnson
Betsy Morehouse
Candy Morris

Landis Stephens

Allison Woodard
Katrina Young

Newton Contact Information:

For more information about the Newton Fund, please call 404-688-5525 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


Click here to read more.

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