Spark Clayton!

Igniting passion for philanthropy throughout Clayton County.

Explore the Possibilities

Spark Clayton!—formerly the Clayton Fund—was established in 1992 to bring together donors, nonprofits and community members to encourage philanthropy in Clayton County. Spark Clayton offers grantmaking, as well as philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities—all with the goal of building philanthropy and strengthening nonprofit organizations throughout Clayton County.


Since 2003, Spark Clayton! has granted more than $250,000 to area nonprofits to respond to the changing needs of the community. Organizations receive grants for general operating support, which gives grantees the ability to use funds where they are most needed. Last year’s grantees include Angkor Resource Center, Arts Clayton, House of Dawn and Scholar Works Enterprises of Georgia.


2017 Grant Cycle Timeline

The 2017 grant cycle will follow the General Operating Support cycle timeline.

• Friday, April 14th – Organizations interested in being considered for a 2017 General Operating Support grant complete/update Organization Profile and Common Grant Application on the online portal
• Friday, May 19th – Selected applicants contacted and invited to submit a Grant Application Supplement
• Friday, June 9th – Grant Application Supplement due
• Thursday, October 26th – Applicants notified of funding decision


The General Operating Support Guidelines should be followed, however with the following differences in eligibility criteria for Spark Clayton!

• Must be located and/or providing services within Clayton County; all funds from Spark Clayton! grants must be spent within Clayton County
• Must have annual operating expenses of at least $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990 (You can find more information on Form 990.)


Clayton County community stakeholders and nonprofit groups met three times to discuss the issue of access to healthcare, best practices for increasing access and to solidify ideas in order to submit strong proposals. The PowerPoint presentations from the first and second meetings can be found below:



To include local perspective in this work, Spark Clayton! has an Advisory Committee comprised of knowledgeable leaders. Committee members live and work in Clayton County and are committed to developing local philanthropy and responding to the needs of their community.

  • Ben Loggins, Chair
  • Charlene Craig
  • Veronica Elie
  • Pam Ferguson
  • Lee Fincher
  • Rosalind Lett
  • Colin Slay
  • Tammy Stanley
  • Karen Sullivan
  • Kathy Wages

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 Spark Clayton!, please contact:

Lesley Grady
Senior Vice President, Community

Lita Ugarte Pardi
Director, Resource Deployment