CFGA Neighborhood Fund Grant

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta


Grant amount: US $500 - US $10,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 2, 2019 9:00am PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 20, 2019 9:00am PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

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

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

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Overview:

Neighborhood Fund: New Grassroots

Helping communities build on their own strengths and assets.

The Neighborhood Fund builds upon locally grown ideas, energy and passion to empower community members to improve their neighborhoods. From grants that support civic activism to those that generate new cultural events or green spaces, the Neighborhood Fund is committed to helping grassroots leaders drive social change.

Making a difference in a community requires the motivation and leadership of the residents who live in that community. The Neighborhood Fund’s approach to grantmaking is to support the development of neighborhood leadership, bridging the gap between planning, implementation and longer-term community action. 

The Neighborhood Fund provides grants and coaching to resident groups (who may or may not be registered nonprofits) seeking to impact their community at the local level.

The Neighborhood Fund

Creating change in a community requires the passion and leadership of the residents who live in that community. The Neighborhood Fund seeks to empower metro Atlanta residents who aim to positively impact their immediate neighborhood and community. The Neighborhood Fund is committed to supporting grassroots leaders driving social change through the provision of financial and coaching support. We provide resources to community groups (including non-501(c)3 entities) within the 23- county region seeking to impact community at the local level.

Since 1991, we have provided an estimated $3.2 million in grants and training to nearly 700 neighborhood projects. Residents have been awarded grants that support civic activism, generate new cultural events, organize community members towards a common goal, create welcoming greenspaces, build new opportunities for kids in the neighborhood, improve community safety, and much more.

The Neighborhood Fund’s approach to grantmaking is to support the development of neighborhood leadership. We strive to bridge the gap between planning, implementation and longer-term community action. This includes a deliberate connection between the process of building a strong community and the results the community envisions.

Neighborhood Fund grants are diverse and flexible, but highly competitive. The Neighborhood Fund offers two types of grants:

  • Love Your Block
  • Community Building

Love Your Block

Neighborhood Fund Love Your Block mini-grants are community-based beautification or improvement projects. Mini-grants are awarded for a three month grant period, and awards range from $250 to $1,000. Groups DO NOT need a working history to apply. Groups are defined as three or more individuals. Funding examples include but are not limited to:

  • Creating public spaces: Community gardens, pocket parks, green spaces or playing fields
  • Enhancing parks: Bench seating, garden beds, picnic areas, shrub/flower plantings
  • Providing exterior maintenance: Painting, landscaping, physical improvements, etc. of a lowincome resident or veteran’s home in order to resolve housing code violations
  • Streetscaping: Planting trees & flowers along curbs/entry-ways, sprucing up neighborhood signs Graffiti and litter removal: Removal of dumped tires, recycling waste, swapping graffiti for murals, etc.
  • Sprucing up of pathways: Mulching, clearing overgrowth on trails, creating safe school "walking" bus routes

Community Building

Neighborhood Fund Community Building grants are neighborhood-based project grants addressing a neighborhood issue or concern. Grants range from $500 to $10,000 for established groups and organizations with at least a two year working history. Groups are defined as three or more individuals. Grant periods are six or 12 months.

The Neighborhood Fund seeks to support projects similar to but not limited to:

    • Support neighborhood-centered programming and action
      • Examples include: education and workforce opportunities for youth and communities of color, advancement of under-invested communities, neighborhood safety, projects to improve social justice
    • Develop active, engaged and knowledgeable residents
      • Examples include: increased voter education/turnout, asset mapping, advocacy, electoral education, engaging government partners
    • Strengthen community organizing and leadership
      • Examples include: coalition building, diversity and inclusion building events, activism, economic development, door-knocking campaigns
    • Showcase cultural vibrancy
      • Examples include: community artists, diversity, activism, festivals, showcases, citizen media, participatory arts
    • Projects and activities are limited only by the imagination and energy of a neighborhood’s resident

Community Coaching

To further support their work, Neighborhood Fund grantees will be paired with a community-building expert to support the group as they pursue their funded work. Community Building grantees will receive customized community coaching such as goal-setting, evaluating neighborhood assets, and organizing the community, as well as technical assistance in managing the project and completing required reports. Love Your Block grantees will receive basic project-based guidance from a community coach.

In the application, Community Building applicants will be asked to identify categories in which they would like to receive coaching (examples include strategic planning, fundraising and coalition building). Before selecting a category, review each category with the group members and determine the categories that best describe the needs of the group at the time of completing the application. All community coaches are highly skilled individuals, each with his or her own unique skill sets. Coaches are compensated based on the number of hours dedicated to their assigned group. Coach compensation is not deducted from grantee awards but is provided in addition to the project funding.

Winning Applications Include the Following

  • Demonstrate broad community support and participation, led by at least three active, community members, who are not family members to each other.
  • Provide a reasonable budget and request amount achievable within the grant period (three, six or 12 months)
  • Employ and build on the strengths already existing in the community, such as residents’ specific skills, volunteer skills and labor or a neighborhood’s public spaces, institutions, businesses, faith organizations, schools or other community partners
  • Submit proposals that address significant community issues and will have clear benefits for the entire neighborhood. More competitive proposals meet the identified priorities listed above.

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

Eligibility:

  • Only applicants that meet the following requirements are eligible to receive a grant from the Neighborhood Fund:
    • Leadership and Membership: 
      • Projects must be planned and led by at least three unrelated residents (including marriages and same household) who are directly affiliated with and reside in the community that the grant intends to serve. 
      • Projects must either serve a geographically distinct neighborhood that has defined boundaries and is known by name to a majority of residents OR serve a particular community that extends beyond a single neighborhood (e.g. racial or ethnic groups, interfaith, intercultural, LGBTQ groups, members of a disability community, etc.). 
    • Geography:
      • Projects must be planned in neighborhoods within our 23-county region (see map).
    • Operations:
      • Applicants who are previous Neighborhood Fund grantees must have submitted all required reports and be in good standing.
      • Applicants do not need to have tax exempt status, such as a 501(c)(3).
      • Applicants must have a bank account with at least two signatures and an EIN number.
        • No funding will be allocated to an individual. Click here to apply for an EIN number.
      • If a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organizations must be in good standing with the Georgia Secretary of State  and Internal Revenue Service regulations.
      • Community Building applicants must have a two year history of actively working together to apply. Love Your Block applicants DO NOT need a working history to apply.
      • Budget requests must not exceed $10,000 for Community Building grants and $1,000 for Love Your Block mini-grants.
      • Funds may be requested for food, materials, stipends, honorariums, equipment, space rental, entertainment, etc. 

Ineligibility:

  • Requests for funding for administrative or overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, personnel, etc., will not be considered
  • No funding will be allocated to an individual. 
  • Who is not eligible to apply for the Neighborhood Fund?
    • Applications and requests by and/or for an individual, public institution or private (for-profit) businesses 
    • Applications and requests that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs 
    • Applications and requests by and/or for a nonprofit or community-based organization that does not have active resident-led leadership on its board of directors and/or is not directly involved in the request. 


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