Atlanta Community Investment Fund Seeks 2016 Grant Applicants

Posted February 9, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Through the Community Investment Fund, we provide small grants to community-based organizations and resident networks in Atlanta to develop community-driven responses to common challenges. Grants support resident-led projects in Atlanta's Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Capitol Gateway neighborhoods — collectively known as Neighborhood Planning Unit V.

The Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site team works with a group of volunteer residents selected from each neighborhood to design the application, funding criteria and grant-making process for a total of $50,000 in mini awards throughout the year.

These small grants aim to:

  • support volunteers and grassroots organizations in taking ownership in improving their communities;
  • foster relationships by encouraging diverse community partnerships to work toward common goals;
  • build capacity within the community through training and leadership development; and
  • support and track at least one measureable neighborhood improvement from each grantee, with the understanding that incremental improvements lead to broader community impact.

Because the fund is one of only a few local grant opportunities open to groups without nonprofit status, many of the grantees are volunteer groups or start-ups that are able to leverage a small investment in many ways to maximize their impact.

Awards range from $500–$5,000 annually. The deadline for 2016 submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Learn more about the 2016 Community Investment Fund

Download the 2016 Community Investment Fund Application

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