Civic Engagement Fund

Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.

Advancing Public Will

Since 2013, the Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, an opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies.

Civic engagement is multifaceted work— that involves a diverse spectrum of voices and platforms to serve the public interest. It encompasses a broad range of activities that are designed to advance issues of public concern.

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

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:

in volunteerism
for families that sit down to dinner together
in voter turnout

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

The Journey Starts Here

Ready to get started? Just visit our online portal to complete your application today.

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For more information about grants from the Civic Engagement Fund, please contact:

Valerie Cox
Program Officer

Mindy Kao
Program Associate