CFGA Civic Engagement Fund Grant

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 24, 2020 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

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

Location of residency: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Show all

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Advancing Public Will

Since 2013, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has awarded grants through the Civic Engagement Fund to further one of its key goals: advancing 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. The 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, participation in the decennial census, voluntarism and active discussion of public affairs.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta understands the importance of a fair and accurate 2020 census count. The data collected in the 2020 Census determines federal funding for Georgia ($14 billion annually), our number of representatives in Congress, how state legislative and school districts lines are drawn, how businesses make decisions and so much more for the next 10 years. And the 2020 census faces unprecedented challenges – the first online form, fewer local field offices and increased government distrust.

Therefore, for the 2019 cycle, the Civic Engagement Fund will focus its grantmaking on efforts that increase participation in the 2020 Census in our 23-county region among historically “hard-to-count communities” of African American men, immigrants and lowincome families (particularly those with children ages birth to 5).

Grant funds may be used to support efforts to prepare for and encourage full participation in the 2020 census, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting targeted communications efforts, including the use of digital tools to reach target audiences;
  • Providing outreach materials and information that are culturally appropriate and translated, when necessary;
  • Organizing events to promote participation in the census and provide information about filling out the census form; and
  • Establishing community sites that provide information and assistance to community members about the census form and how to fill it out online or on paper.ic will and civic life (see program guidelines for full details)

Progress toward success for the Foundation’s learning and the grantees’ projects will be determined by the ability of nonprofits to effectively design, implement and/or evaluate program outcomes during the grant period. Strategies, activities and results that the Foundation will look to as indications of progress may include one or more of the following:

  • Measurable, increased civic engagement regarding 2020 Census
  • Measurable development of consensus
  • Development of a measurement system or process to assess impact
  • Development of a communications strategy among partners to address internal and external impact or achievement
  • Measureable evidence of productive collaboration

Applicants are expected to propose measures for collective impact and/or program outcomes. Outcomes are changes in people or operations as a result of the project: knowledge, behavior, skills, performance (such as efficiencies), attitude and status; outcomes are not activities or numbers of people served. 

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


  • Small grants ($5,000 - $10,000):
    • 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 (click here to verify);
    • Must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
    • If received GOTV 2018 or Supplemental GOTV 2018 funds from the Community Foundation, must have submitted an end-of-grant report.
  • Large grants ($10,001 - $25,000) must meet all eligibility criteria for small grants and those listed below:
    • Must have at least one full-time or equivalent paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working 2,080 hours or more) for at least 12 months prior to submitting an application.
    • Must have annual operating expenses greater than $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990;
    • 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 $25,000 and $249,999 must have reviewed financial statements;