Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Education Senior Services Real Estate & Housing Poverty Alleviation & Services Economic Services & Development Health Care Access & Delivery Food Access & Hunger Child Care Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

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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About this funder:



With children out of school, businesses temporarily closing, performances shuttered and workers being laid off, there has never been a time where community support and financial resources have been more badly needed. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta have partnered to create the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Read the full press release here.

The fund will support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. The Community Foundation committed $1 million and United Way of Greater Atlanta contributed $500,000 to seed the fund. Additional dollars have been contributed by generous individual donors, corporate partners and foundations – the list of contributors is below. Our donors may also contact their philanthropic officer to make a gift.

Information for nonprofits

United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have joined together to establish a Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (COVID-19 Fund) to provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences.

The COVID-19 Fund will award grants to organizations supporting families with young children and children on free and reduced lunch and individuals without health insurance, access to sick days or access to healthcare; low wage workers including hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers. Initial priorities will focus on the immediate needs of economically vulnerable populations resulting from closures and support community safety nets such as food insecurity, rent and utility assistance, medical supports and childcare. Additional priorities are the educational and emotional needs of children and youth across our region; and the needs of vulnerable seniors throughout the region.

This fund will also support the gaps in the capacity of our existing non-profit partners adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19. Gaps include unanticipated interruptions in business operations, impacts from interruptions in state and/or local government programs or services and the impact of volunteering in an age of social distancing.

Funding Priorities

  • Childcare
  • Education
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Small Business Supports

The Fund will award general operating support grants. United Way and Community Foundation’s leaders understand that operating support that offers the greatest flexibility is what nonprofits need most. The COVID-19 Fund’s grants may be used to pay for any expenses associated with serving the community including direct services, salaries of staff who provide direct services, salaries of administrative staff, etc.

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


  • To be eligible to receive a grant, organizations must:
    • Be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, taxexempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. I.R.S. determination must be current.
    • Be located and providing services in one of these counties: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton, or the City of Atlanta;
    • Be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit. Verify nonprofit status.
    • Have strong relationships and trust in the community.
  • Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. 


  • We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c) (6) organizations.