Neighborhood Fund



Neighborhood Fund builds upon grassroots ideas, energy and passion to empower community members to improve their neighborhoods. The philosophy of the Neighborhood Fund is built on the asset-based, capacity building model articulated by John McKnight and John Kretzman of Northwestern University. The model contrasts approaches to traditional community building that look at low and moderate-income residents as having a series of “needs and deficiencies” and then provide services to meet those needs. Instead, the Neighborhood Fund provides comprehensive support that assists residents and neighborhood groups as they organize around their strengths and assets. 

Neighborhood Fund provides resources to community groups (non-501(c)3) seeking to impact their community at the local level. Since 1991, more than 300 neighborhood projects have received an estimated $2,000,000 in grants and technical assistance to support community organizing, neighborhood gardens, youth fitness activities, cultural events and more.  



Neighborhood groups and organizations will have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Neighborhood Fund during fall 2014. See materials below for eligibility requirements and application documents, as well as orientation information.

Over the next year, the Neighborhood Fund will be supporting the work of One Region Atlanta and other community initiatives. We encourage you to visit the One Region website for information on multiple grantmaking opportunities at

2014 Grant Deadline: Thursday, September 4

Materials for 2014 will be posted in early February. The materials below are for 2013 and are for reference purposes only.

2013 Materials 
Neighborhood Fund Guidelines
Neighborhood Fund Frequently Asked Questions
Neighborhood Fund Application
Neighborhood Fund Application Instructions


Orientation Sessions

Community groups interested in funding and support from the Neighborhood Fund can attend an upcoming orientation session to learn more about the initiative and funding requirements. While participation is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

Information about registering for 2014 orientation sessions will be posted in early February.



  • Erin Dreiling, program associate, or 404-526-1127 for information about orientation sessions, reporting, the timeline, application materials or to verify eligibility.
  • Tené Traylor, program officer, or 404-588-3201 for information about readiness, competitiveness, the Review Committee or application strategy.   


Recent Support


Winter 2013

  • Clarkston Festival Committee (DeKalb): $5,000 – To support the efforts of the 2014 Clarkston Festival Committee 
  • Educational Prosperity Initiative/Resident Council (Spalding): $1,500 – To  support the launch of a neighborhood watch program and five tablets with screen protectors and case
  • HELP Org, Inc. (Fulton): $5,000 – To  support an outdoor learning garden for residents of English Avenue and Vine City
  • Ladybugs Garden Club (Gwinnett): $3,547 - To  purchase materials for a wildflower garden and surrounding pathway along the South Trail in Lilburn
  • Mableton Day Coalition (Cobb): $4,000 - To  develop an improved website for the Mableton Day Festival, and help group to organize volunteer management and expand its volunteer base for long-term sustainability of the event
  • Magnolia Circle Tenants Association (DeKalb): $1,800 - To support a raised bed community garden
  • Ormewood Park Community (Fulton): $10,000 - To build a playground for the families in their neighborhood   



Neighborhood Fund is guided by an advisory committee that represents a cross-section of the 23-county region that includes, but not limited to, resident, community, for-profit, faith-based and nonprofit leaders; policymakers; community organizers; funders; etc.  
The Neighborhood Fund Advisory Committee provides oversight for programs and initiatives. Committee members are responsible for reviewing grant recommendations, participating in site visits (or other activities) and providing leadership on core neighborhood or community development issues. 


Building Our Communities through Philanthropy

While many in the region know The Community Foundation for our grantmaking programs, we play a wide variety of roles in creating philanthropic solutions to our communities’ most pressing problems. These roles are as varied as the challenges our Atlanta region faces, but they each start with the premise that communities are built, improved and strengthened by the passion, ideas and resources of its people.
Now available, "Building Our Communities Through Philanthropy" highlights our community leadership work and our various roles in the 23-county region. Click here to access. 
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