Civic Engagement Fund
A multifaceted strategy as diverse as the public interest itself.
Advancing Public Will
At the Community Foundation, we believe some community issues are best tackled through collaboration with multiple partners and key players. That’s why we provide leadership and support nonprofits doing similar work. Since 2013, the Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, an opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies.
Civic engagement is multifaceted strategy—one that involves a diverse spectrum of voices and platforms to serve the public interest. It encompasses a broad range of activities that can strengthen the nonprofit sector and influence community life.
The Foundation supports projects that involve the following activities:
- Research and evaluation
- Community education and organizing
- Public discussion and debate
- Education about the electoral process
- Public office candidate education
- Advocating for particular issues, bills or ordinances that align with the Foundation’s Impact Areas
- Civic engagement training and capacity-building activities for nonprofits
- Building collaborations and coalitions
For more information about grants from the Civic Engagement Fund, please contact:
Indexing Civic Life in Metro Atlanta
At the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we know that thriving communities are communities that actively participate in philanthropy and civic engagement. In 2012, we joined 20 other states and four other cities in producing an annual Civic Health Index. Among the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas, Atlanta ranked:
Civic Engagement at Work
The Civic Engagement Fund encourages a diverse spectrum of voices to participate and ultimately enhance community life. A grant in 2014 helped Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta to offer opportunities to Asian Americans to learn how to organize a political campaign and ultimately empower them to seek public office. The first class resulted in two candidates winning local elections, plus a third being appointed to a commission—American democracy at work for a new wave of citizens.
2017 Grant Information
In 2017, applications for the Civic Engagement Fund will be accepted by invitation only. Nonprofits that would like to explore their civic project ideas should send a memo containing a brief description (no more than one paragraph) of the idea to email@example.com.