Available Grants


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The Community Foundation offers a wide range of competitive financial grants to nonprofit organizations in our 23-county metro Atlanta area. That support takes place through multiple programs, including our annual general operating support grantmaking cycle, as well as programs and partnerships focused on specific areas of interest and need. In addition to financial grants, the Foundation provides consulting and management assistance.

A Place to Perform provides grants to nonprofit arts organizations to assist them in gaining access to performance venues, so they can produce performing arts experiences for the public. Made possible by a gift from the Woodruff Arts Center after the 2014 sale of Atlanta’s 14th Street Playhouse, A Place to Perform continues to support the spirit of the original venue by ensuring performing arts organizations have access to performing venues and facilities. Peek Behind the Curtain
The Community Foundation is proud to have been an early supporter of HIV/AIDS initiatives, making our first grant to the cause in 1981. Despite tremendous progress since that time, the challenges of HIV/AIDS still remain, particularly in our Atlanta region. The Atlanta AIDS Fund was created in 1991 to support metro Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention education and service efforts through funding and leadership. See the Revolution in Action
Since 2013, the Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, an opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies. From community education and training, to research, discussion and debate, the Foundation’s Civic Engagement Fund supports the broad range of activities that can advance public will. Get Engaged
All too often, nonprofits make sacrifices in order to accommodate more pressing, mission-driven needs. That’s why Extra Wish matches the “wishes” of nonprofit organizations with Community Foundation donors interested in making a contribution. This unique giving opportunity for our donors provides monetary and in-kind contributions of tangible goods or infrastructure (not services or staff) that contribute in a clear way to the success of organizations and the people they serve. Practical Makes Perfect
Inspired by the lifetime legacy of giving of David and Frances Brain, the Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund supports nonprofits that benefit enhance the well-being of individuals living in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, with a focus on primary needs and underserved communities. Celebrate Legacy.
A General Operating Support (GOS) grant provides a nonprofit with unrestricted funding to help support and maintain the organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives grantees the ability to use the funds where they’re most appropriate. Several of the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs are focused on providing general operating support—including Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Atlanta AIDS Fund and the Common Good Fund. Think Generally
Grants to Green transforms the Atlanta area nonprofit sector by encouraging nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy- and water-efficient. In order to stimulate broad change across the region, Grants to Green works with nonprofits serving diverse community needs and different populations, not just those nonprofits with environmentally-related missions. Go Greener
The Foundation launched its inaugural Managing for Excellence Award in 1984. Since then, exemplary local organizations compete for the prize each year. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta presents this award to an organization that exhibits outstanding nonprofit management. Join the Winners’ Circle
The Metropolitan Arts Fund provides strategic funds to support and strengthen small and midsized arts organizations so that they may attract, serve and build audiences across the Atlanta region. Since 1993, the Arts Fund has supported 78 unique arts organizations with 265 general operating support grants totaling $12.2 million. Express Yourself
Neighborhood Fund builds upon grassroots ideas, energy and passion to empower community members to improve their neighborhoods. Since 1991, more than 700 neighborhood projects have received an estimated $3,000,000 in grants and technical assistance to support community organizing, neighborhood gardens, youth fitness activities, cultural events and more. Go Local
The Community Foundation promises to invest in the region’s nonprofits with management and financial resources to equip them to effectively manage operations and high-performing programs. Explore Effectiveness
Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) is an initiative powered by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Its goal is to strengthen the voice of parents and community leaders in order to engage and empower Atlanta’s public schools to become a beacon of academic success. PLUS unites the efforts of parents, caregivers, teachers and school leaders to transform our schools and improve student outcomes. Add It Up
The Clayton Fund has been reimagined as Spark Clayton! Established in 1992, this fund was designed to strengthen philanthropic efforts among donors, nonprofits and community members in Clayton County. The inaugural local fund of the Community Foundation, Spark Clayton offers an annual grantmaking program, as well as philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities—all with the goal of strengthening nonprofit organizations in Clayton County. Go Beyond the Big City
Established in 2003, Spark Morgan! (formerly the Morgan Fund) brings together donors, nonprofits and community members in Morgan County. Spark Morgan offers an annual grantmaking program, philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities. Meet Morgan
Spark Newton! (formerly the Newton Fund) responds to the changing needs of the community in Newton County. Since 2000, this fund has offered an annual grantmaking program, philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities. Explore Newton
The Foundation’s Strategic Restructuring Fund provides financial grants as well as management consulting services to support nonprofits as they assess, negotiate, design and/or implement substantive strategic restructuring efforts—all to promote more effective operations and high-performing programs based on community needs and assets. Funding for this project comes from the Foundation’s Common Good Fund. Celebrate Change

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Grant Deadlines


Remember: Your first step to apply for any Community Foundation grant program is to complete your Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application. Deadlines listed below are for each program’s application supplement – see program pages for details.

A Place to Perform: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Atlanta AIDS Fund: 2017 deadline has passed
Civic Engagement Fund: By invitation only, see program page for details
Extra Wish: 2017 deadline has passed
Frances Hollis Brain Foundation Fund: 2017 deadline has passed
General Operating Support:
2017 deadline has passed
Grants to Green – Assessment: 2017 deadline has passed
Grants to Green – Implementation: 2017 deadline has passed
Managing for Excellence: 2017 deadline has passed
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund: 2017 deadline has passed
Neighborhood Fund: 2017 deadline has passed
Nonprofit Toolbox: 2017 deadline has passed
Parent Leaders United for Student (PLUS): 2017 deadline has passed
Spark Clayton!: 2017 deadline has passed
Spark Morgan!: 2017 deadline has passed
Spark Newton!: Deadline to be announced
Strategic Restructuring Fund: 2017 deadline has passed