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Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Food Security Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Education Senior Services Real Estate & Housing

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

About this funder:



The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a “perfect storm” of health care and economic crises that have not been seen in our lifetime. These crises have exposed and exacerbated the impacts of systemic inequities, especially racial inequities, that many Georgians have been suffering under for generations. Managed by United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund makes grants to nonprofits that are working on the frontlines to support our region’s most vulnerable workers and families.

For Round 8 of funding, the COVID-19 Fund will focus on 4 priority areas:


96% of metro Atlanta districts are re-opening with some form of a virtual experience. 31% of licensed child care across the state remain closed as of 8/14/20. Younger students, students with special needs, students with IEPs, ESL students and students already negatively impacted in the spring will struggle with virtual learning.

Food Security

Food banks and pantries continue to see a high demand for food. Loss of employment and decreased wages is resulting in high rates of food insecurity. Schools are making meals available to students and SNAP benefit renewals have been extended for 6 months.


An eviction “tsunami” is coming that threatens to displace thousands of families across our region. We continue to see an increase in homelessness, people living in substandard housing, an increase in extended stay motel usage, frequent moves, and people doubled up (staying with friends and family) or sleeping in cars, etc.

Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic is associated with elevated mental health conditions, substance use and suicidal ideation. Mental health concerns increase among younger individuals. Metro Atlanta school district leaders identified that their top priority in the last three months is mental health supports for students, families and staff.

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  • 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.


This page was last reviewed October 14, 2020 and last updated October 05, 2020