Foundation announces support, partnership opportunities

ATLANTA - As the financial crisis is affecting communities all across Atlanta and the United States, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is focusing on ways to support and strengthen local nonprofits.

In 2008, The Community Foundation suspended competitive grant-making programs, including Common Good Funds, the Neighborhood, Arts and AIDS funds, to dedicate time to learn better ways to support and strengthen nonprofits in the 23-county Atlanta region it serves.

Given the current economic crisis, The Community Foundation has announced it will focus on four main areas throughout several of the grant-making programs: general operating support, capacity building, advocacy and innovation. In addition, The Community Foundation will require a Letter of Intent prior to some applications to create a more effective and efficient process for both non-profits and foundation staff.

Support and partnership opportunities for 2009 include:

· The Neighborhood Fund, which began accepting applications on Feb. 9. Neighborhood Fund provides grants to individuals of low and moderate income neighborhoods who create community projects that improve the health and strength of their own neighborhood. The projects vary and include exercise programs for seniors, community gardens, newsletters to better communicate with residents and voter registration drives.

· The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Letter of Intent deadline and Arts Fund Toolbox Application deadline is March 6. The first orientation session will be held today. The Arts Fund focuses on the 250-plus small and medium-sized arts groups in the Greater Atlanta region with an operating budget of less than $1.5 million. These organizations represent the full spectrum of cultural, economic and geographic diversity that reflect Atlanta's many different neighborhoods, customs and citizens.

· Common Good Funds Letter of Intent deadline is March 16. The first orientation session will be held on Feb. 24. The Common Good Funds are The Community Foundation's unrestricted pool of dollars open to all issue areas in the Atlanta region.

Check the Web site at www.atlcf.org throughout February for revised guidelines, applications and other materials.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta connects donors, nonprofits and community partners to strengthen the region through philanthropy. This is accomplished by providing services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues. In 2008 The Community Foundation awarded an estimated $90 million throughout 23 counties in the greater Atlanta region and beyond.