Civic Engagement Fund
Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.
Advancing Public Will
Since 2013, the Community Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, an opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies and advancing public will. A critical component of a healthy community is a strong civic voice. The more informed and engaged individuals are, the greater their ability is to advocate for a better quality of life and solutions to critical problems in their communities.
The Civic Engagement Fund seeks to increase civic participation of metro Atlanta residents by supporting nonprofit organizations implementing strategies that draw people into public decision-making processes within the 23-county region.
The Foundation supports projects that involve the following activities:
- Non-partisan candidate forums or engagement opportunities for the public
- Eliminating voter registration barriers and furthering access for all
- Increasing civic participation of underrepresented groups
- Inspiring and educating residents to become active, knowledgeable voters
- Inventive, creative solutions that expand civic participation
- Other forms of advancing public will and civic life (see program guidelines for full details)
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. Eligible nonprofits that would like to be considered for an invitation to apply should send a memo containing a brief description of the project or idea to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 23, 2017. Nonprofit eligibility requirements can be found in the program guidelines.
Memos should include the name of the nonprofit organization, the name and email address of the primary point of contact and a brief description (no more than two paragraphs) of the civic engagement project or idea. Projects must align with the mission and activities detailed in the program guidelines.
Invited organizations will be notified by June 30, 2017.