Introducing Atlanta’s 2016 Community Investment Fund Recipients

Posted July 29, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Blog CIF Grant Recipients 2016

Atlanta’s Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund Advi­so­ry Board has select­ed grant recip­i­ents for 2016. Fund­ed projects aim to serve res­i­dents in a vari­ety of ways — from devel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ty gar­dens and teach­ing finan­cial lit­er­a­cy to pair­ing youth with res­cue ani­mals in need.

The recip­i­ents are:

Adair Park Today
Focus: Adair Park and sur­round­ing communities
This non­prof­it will work to enhance the qual­i­ty of life for local res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers through pub­lic safe­ty, beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and infra­struc­ture improve­ments and com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing activ­i­ties, such as a Porch­es and Pies Fes­ti­val and a bicy­cling tour of eight his­toric Atlanta neighborhoods.

Eagle Ten­ant Asso­ci­a­tion — Ten­ant Asso­ci­a­tion of City View at Rosa Burney
Focus: Mechan­icsville
The asso­ci­a­tion will con­nect ten­ants of the City View at Rosa Bur­ney Park Apart­ments by giv­ing them an out­let to voice con­cerns and engage in com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing activities.

All Pro Dads
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Summerhill
All Pro Dads will sup­port sev­er­al activ­i­ties for fathers and their chil­dren that encour­age fathers to be more active, present and involved in their fam­i­lies, schools and communities.

Finan­cial Lit­er­a­cy Invest­ment Edu­ca­tion and Wealth Building
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Summerhill
This project will edu­cate par­tic­i­pants on finan­cial lit­er­a­cy and invest­ment vehicles.

Peo­plestown Neigh­bor­hood Association
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Summerhill
Through Grow Your Own Food 30315, a project run by Peo­plestown res­i­dents, the neigh­bor­hood asso­ci­a­tion aims to enhance access to fresh food by estab­lish­ing home gar­dens and host­ing lessons on cook­ing and can­ning fresh produce.

Kids R’ Spe­cial Inc.
Focus: D.H. Stan­ton Ele­men­tary School stu­dents in Peoplestown
The Lit­er­a­cy in Motion Ini­tia­tive, an after-school enrich­ment pro­gram, will teach lan­guage arts, math­e­mat­ics and sci­ence with a focus on cre­at­ing con­fi­dent, intel­li­gent and inquis­i­tive young leaders.

The Luke Project Inc.
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Sum­mer­hill youth
This non­prof­it will host a sum­mer camp open to all young res­i­dents. The camp cur­ricu­lum will cov­er basic life skills with a focus on phys­i­cal fit­ness, busi­ness lead­er­ship, per­son­al finance, per­son­al brand­ing, char­ac­ter, the arts and adventure.

Heav­en Man­na Life House
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Sum­mer­hill youth
This group will sup­port an after-school and sum­mer pro­gram that will include games and activ­i­ties for local youth ages 6 to 18.

Tru­ly Liv­ing Well Cen­ter for Urban Agriculture
Focus: Pitts­burgh
In part­ner­ship with Tru­ly Liv­ing Well and the Atlanta Com­mu­ni­ty Food Bank, the Pitts­burgh Food Coop­er­a­tive will address local food inse­cu­ri­ty by pro­vid­ing up to 100 house­holds with afford­able food. Par­tic­i­pants will help sup­port the co-op by pay­ing a $3 bimonth­ly fee, assist­ing with food dis­tri­b­u­tion and attend­ing plan­ning meetings.

Atlanta Belt­line South Com­mu­ni­ty Gar­den Coali­tion  
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Summerhill
Through Project Green Thumb — Keep­ing South­side Beau­ti­ful, the coali­tion will improve and expand local gar­dens to increase access to food sources.

Safe Routes to School
Focus: Dun­bar Ele­men­tary School stu­dents in Mechanicsville
This project, led by a school social work­er and par­ent, will aim to help chil­dren safe­ly walk to and from school.

Sum­mer­hill Neigh­bor­hood Devel­op­ment Corporation
Focus: Sum­mer­hill
Funds will sup­port the devel­op­ment of Sum­mer­hill Com­mu­ni­ty Gar­den to pro­mote com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion and empow­er­ment. In addi­tion to sup­ply­ing fresh veg­eta­bles and com­mu­ni­ty-bond­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, the gar­den will help fos­ter healthy eat­ing habits among residents.

Habe­sha Inc.
Focus: Dun­bar Neigh­bor­hood Cen­ter in Mechanicsville
Habesha’s Sus­tain­able Seeds after-school pro­gram will teach local youth about sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture, cul­tur­al enrich­ment, entre­pre­neur­ship, holis­tic health and tech­nol­o­gy. A gar­den will serve as their class­room back­drop, pro­vid­ing stu­dents with oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn more about math, sci­ence and envi­ron­men­tal sustainability.

The W‑Underdogs Inc.
Focus: Peo­plestown and South Atlanta youth
This non­prof­it will sup­port The Kids That Care, W‑Underdogs in the Mak­ing, a sum­mer camp that builds self-aware­ness and con­fi­dence in under­served youth by pair­ing them with res­cue animals.

Forever­fam­i­ly Inc.
Focus: Adair Park, Mechan­icsville, Peo­plestown, Pitts­burgh and Sum­mer­hill youth
This non­prof­it, which sup­ports chil­dren of incar­cer­at­ed par­ents, will use funds to sup­port an overnight youth retreat, in addi­tion to help­ing youth devel­op their lead­er­ship skills through col­lab­o­ra­tion, crit­i­cal-think­ing, prob­lem-solv­ing and pub­lic-speak­ing opportunities.

Learn more about the Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund

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