Celebrating passion for philanthropy across Morgan County.
It All Begins With a Spark
The Morgan Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is now Spark Morgan! This fund was established in 2003 to bring together donors, nonprofits and community members to encourage philanthropy in Morgan County. Spark Morgan offers grantmaking, philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities.
Beginning in 2016, the Foundation is combining its various general operating support programs into one grant cycle. This will maximize the time and capacity of nonprofit applicants, allowing organizations to submit information once to be considered for funding.
Since 2003, Spark Morgan! has granted more than $300,000 to area nonprofits to respond to the changing needs of the community. Last year’s grantees include Action Ministries, Camp Twin Lakes, Circle of Love Center, The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center and Steffen Thomas Museum and Archives.
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 Morgan!
- Must be located and/or providing services within Morgan County; all funds from Spark Morgan! grants must be spent within Morgan County; priority will be given to organizations located in Morgan 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.)
- Organizations applying to Spark Morgan! are not required to have at least one full-time paid employee
- Organizations applying to Spark Morgan! are not required have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification
- Organizations can apply and receive grant funding for two (2) consecutive years. The nonprofit must sit out for a minimum of one (1) year before re-applying.
Eligibility and Application Materials
General Operating Support Guidelines
To include a local perspective in this work, Spark Morgan! has an Advisory Committee comprised of knowledgeable leaders representing diverse segments of the community. Committee members live and work in Morgan County and are committed to developing local philanthropy and responding to the needs of their community.
- Joe Cardwell, Chair
- Carolyn Ainslie
- Barry Argroves
- Monica Callahan
- Phyllis Clark
- Jill Connolly
- Bruce Gilbert
- Sally Moran Hoge
- Jim Jones
- Alfred Murray
The Journey Starts Here
Ready to get started? Just visit our online portal to complete your application today.