CFGA Civic Engagement Fund

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Expand all

Location of residency: Georgia (US state), Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County Expand all

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Note: 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 submit their Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application and a proposal containing a brief description of the project or idea by the 'preproposal' deadline above. 

Advancing Public Will

Civic engagement is multifaceted strategy—one that involves a diverse spectrum of voices and platforms to serve the public interest. It encompasses a broad range of activities that can strengthen the nonprofit sector and influence community life.

At the Community Foundation, we believe some community issues are best tackled through collaboration with multiple partners and key players. That’s why we provide leadership and support nonprofits doing similar work. Since 2013, the Foundation has offered the Civic Engagement Fund, an opportunity for nonprofit organizations implementing civic engagement strategies.

The Foundation supports projects that involve the following activities: 

  • Research and evaluation 
  • Community education and organizing
  • Public discussion and debate
  • Education about the electoral process
  • Public office candidate education
  • Advocating for particular issues, bills or ordinances that align with the Foundation’s Impact Areas
  • Civic engagement training and capacity-building activities for nonprofits
  • Building collaborations and coalitions

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.

The Civic Engagement Fund

Since 2013, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has offered the Civic Engagement Fund in order to further one of its key goals: advance public will. We firmly believe that 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.

Civic engagement is a cornerstone of American society and democracy, but people must be ready, willing and able to actively participate and contribute to civic life. Civic Engagement Fund seeks to strengthen the civic potential of Metro Atlanta residents by supporting nonprofit organizations implementing strategies that draw people into public decision-making processes within the 23-county region.

Civic engagement can encompass a broad range of activities including political involvement, voting, advocacy, voluntarism and active discussion of public affairs. However, the Community Foundation is particularly interested in projects that involve one or more of the following:

  • Multi- or 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 (e.g. young adults, minorities, lowincome, etc .)
  • Inspiring and educating residents to become active, knowledgeable voters
  • Inventive, creative solutions that expand civic participation (e.g. tech platforms, arts-based communications, etc .)
  • Other forms of advancing public will and civic life, such as:
    • Strengthening the capacity of civic groups, such as neighborhood associations, PTOs/PTAs, rotary clubs, etc .
    • Educating and empowering people to understand their rights and duties as citizens through effective civic education programs
    • Fostering awareness, discussion and debate around issues of public concern

Civic Engagement Fund grants are directly aligned with the Community Foundation’s goal of increasing civic engagement in the Metro Atlanta region.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  •  Organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
    • Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area;
    • Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
    • Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit;
    • Must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
    • Must have annual operating expenses greater than $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990 (click here for more information on Form 990:
    • Must have at least one full-time paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working at least 2,080 hours or more) for at least 12 months prior to submitting an application. 
    • Must have a current written strategic or business plan for the whole organization that covers at least 24 months which includes the organization’s entire current fiscal year and includes the following:
      • Mission statement
      • Evidence of an environmental scan (an assessment of stakeholder and community needs)
      • Stakeholder participation (staff, board, consumers/clients, volunteers, etc .)
      • Strategic goals and measureable objectives
      • Implementation plan showing action steps, a timeline and assigned staff and board responsibilities
      • On-going evaluation to keep plan current
      • Quarterly, semi-annual or annual written assessment by staff and board to measure organizational progress towards goals
    • Must have audited or reviewed financial statements that follow Generally Accepted Accounting principles (GAAP) or Government Auditing Standards (GAS) for the past two completed fiscal years as required by budget size.
      • Organizations with annual budgets over $250,000 must have audited financial statements;
      • organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $249,999 must have reviewed financial statements;