Overview of Second Grant Cycle for 2022
At the Foundation’s June Board meeting, the Trustees made grant awards totaling $1,225,000 to support 10 nonprofits working to create a more just and equitable future for individuals and families in Metro Atlanta communities. In addition to continuing partnerships with nonprofit organizations that are part of the Foundation’s network, the Trustees are grateful for the opportunity to support the capacity building efforts for three new nonprofit partners.
We are pleased to have provided Braven, the first national college-to-career organization focused on first-generation, Pell-eligible and students of color attending large public colleges, with a one-year grant of $100,000. This initiative will build technology infrastructure and implement a case management system for Fellows at Spelman College. This partnership represents the largest group of Fellows at any of Braven’s higher education partners to date and is their first expansion into Atlanta.
We granted a one-year grant of $100,000 to Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH). IOH has provided safe, affordable interim housing and support services for nearly thirty years to help working parents with their children who are in financial crisis and experiencing homelessness. Interfaith Outreach Home will use this funding to retrofit and remodel their current facility so that they can expand family occupancy by 50%.
We provided a one-year grant of $250,000 to the Westside Future Fund to support the development of 800 units of permanently affordable multi-family housing on the Westside. The Westside Future Fund was established to address the long-term inequity on Atlanta’s Historic Westside. Its mission is to advance a compassionate approach to neighborhood revitalization that creates a diverse, mixed-income community, improves the quality of life for current and future residents, and elevates the Historic Westside’s unique history and culture.
New Funding for Previous Grantees
A one-year grant of $50,000 to Woodruff Arts Center will help repair and upgrade the Galleria in the Memorial Arts Building. These improvements are part of a $28.9 million campaign to repair and upgrade all of the Arts Center’s facilities by 2030.
The Trustees awarded a $100,000 one-year grant to Agape Youth & Family Center, an organization that provides in-school and after-school academic support and enrichment programming to help close the achievement gap for underserved students living in the Bolton Road community of Northwest Atlanta. As part of Agape’s $2.5 million campaign for capacity building and financial sustainability, our $100,000 grant will help create a safe, outdoor program space for families and children.
Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb has been awarded a $100,000 grant to assist with its $1.5 million campaign to renovate and expand their clinical building. Since 2006, Good Sam Cobb has provided primary and dental care, as well as behavioral health services, to over 3,400 children and adults, most of whom have family incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty line. 88% of their patients are uninsured. Our grant will help Good Sam Cobb expand their capacity to serve an additional 1,000 patients annually over the next three years.
Over the years we have provided many grants in support of Agnes Scott College, the independent liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. Agnes Scott is ranked No. 6 in Social Mobility in recognition of their success in supporting students from low-income families to the point of achieving equity with students from families with stronger financial backgrounds. Our one-year grant of $100,000 will be used for scholarship support for students who are eligible for Pell Grants.
The Trustees provided a grant of $150,000 over two years to Open Doors to support its campaign to advance long-term, systemic solutions for affordable housing in metro Atlanta. Through its $7.2 million campaign, Open Doors seeks to expand its services to the broader affordable housing market, focusing on tenants with significant barriers to stable housing who are not receiving assistance from a direct-service organization. With this three-year campaign, Open Doors will house an additional 4,000 individuals, expand partnerships with property owners by 100%, introduce new technology to support the Open Doors tenant-renter/owner matching model, and advance long-term structural changes at the county and state levels.
We are pleased to continue our support for the Atlanta Police Foundation’s mission to make Atlanta the safest large city in the nation. An important strategy to reduce youth crime has been APF’s development of At-Promise Centers, strategically located in neighborhoods that are experiencing some of the highest crime rates in the city. Each Center acts as a community hub for disconnected youth ages 12-24 as well as young people who have had contact with the juvenile and/or criminal justice system to act as a diversion program and build pathways to education and career. Our $250,000 one-year grant will help the Foundation construct a fourth At-Promise Center.
We provided the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council with a one-year grant of $100,000 to implement a new outreach strategy designed to rebuild enrollment in underserved communities impacted by the pandemic. The Atlanta Area Council is dedicated to ensuring that every child has an opportunity to join Scouting, no matter their circumstance.
Overview of Grantmaking 2021
The Foundation provided over $3.1 million in grants to 42 nonprofits working to create a more just and equitable future for individuals and families in Metro Atlanta communities. These included many organizations working to build affordable housing, as well as those working to keep households from being displaced as property taxes increase, being evicted due to loss of income, and advocating on behalf of people experiencing homelessness to secure an affordable place to live. Other grants were made to organizations helping young people build a support network as they age out of foster care, providing safe and supportive environments for children and youth during out of school time, and helping more under-served students access college scholarships. The Foundation also made grants to organizations removing barriers to people finding livable wage work – including those who have had a criminal record, people who are experiencing homelessness, and small black business owners looking for a fair shot at building their wealth. Grants were also made to support senior care – specifically to organizations that are working with very vulnerable and under-served populations and providing them with the dignity of care needed for older Atlanta residents who lack resources for the very best care. These are just some of the highlights of the Foundation’s grantmaking for 2021.