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South Arts is currently offering Sustainability Grants for film and literary organizations, Presentation Grants for arts groups of all kids, Express Grants for rural communities, and Professional Development & Artistic Planning Grants for individuals.
United Way of Greater Atlanta seeks applicants for its Child Well-Being Mission Fund; learn more at an upcoming info session.
Atlanta BeltLine is still offering funds through the Legacy Resident Retention Program to help current homeowners cover increased property taxes.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced a final round of 2021 grants totaling $1.5 million. Among the 34 organizations receiving grants: Africa’s Children’s Fund, Buckhead Christian Ministries, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, MUST Ministries, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation, Canine CellMates, Covenant House Georgia, and Melanated PEARL Corporation.
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation made a $3 million grant to Park Pride to provide “legacy grants” to parks throughout Atlanta over two years, focusing on equitable access to parks.
▲ As part of their Operation Surprise campaign, The Home Depot Foundation partnered with Habitat for Humanity International to surprise 10 military families nationwide with $10,000 each to support critical home repairs and upgrades.
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation announced a 3-year, $4 million grant to the Atlanta Humane Society to support the expansion of their new westside facility set to open in 2022. In addition, the new Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research recently opened in Atlanta, the result of a $12.25 million investment by the Foundation.
Advocacy, equity, and justice
Georgia Equality is celebrating the results of the Dec. 2 City of Atlanta runoff election, which saw 80 percent of their endorsed candidates win their races, including two openly LGBTQ City Council candidates.
▲ December, Black Voters Matter led dozens of advocacy organizations in voting rights actions across the U.S. as part of a national campaign to pass voting rights legislation, culminating in a protest at the Global Democracy Summit where President Joe Biden was speaking.
Animals, environment, and greenspace
Arts and culture
South Arts announced six new recipients of their Traditional Arts Touring Grants, providing $5,000 to support multi-day community residencies, as well as the 24-member 2022 cohort of their Emerging Traditional Artists Program, each of whom receives a $5,000 grant along with multi-year peer support.
▲(Top) Flux Projects reports that over 2,400 in-person visitors experienced the Praise House multimedia installation in Oakland Cemetery created by Charmaine Minniefield, and another 1,500 have viewed the project’s virtual program so far.
▲ The latest youth-produced newspaper from VOX Teen Communications is now available: Schools and youth-serving organizations can request free copies now.
The Atlanta History Center is launching a five-year project that will use scholarship and exhibits to focus the public on repairing U.S. democracy; Atlanta Civic Circle reports.
Silence the Shame partnered with Atlanta Mission to serve holiday meals to over 150 men residing in theo\ir Men’s Shelter on Nov. 22, and to over 100 residents of their My Sister’s House Women and Children Shelter (along with a puppet show for the children) on Dec. 7.
▲ Tommy Nobis Center received a BOOST grant of $43,200 from the Georgia Dept. of Education and the Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network, funded through the American Rescue Plan, to support their Early Youth Employment Services summer program.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance released a new report, “Maternal Mortality Review Committees: Sharing Power with Communities,” based on original research conducted in partnership with the CDC and the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs.
At The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s fourth annual Stuff the Truck donation event, hosted by Cox Media Group, donors gave enough food to provide 25,816 meals over the holiday season.
▲ HomeAid Atlanta celebrated the completion of five new apartments for North Georgia Angel House, a $200,000 project to benefit young women transitioning out of the foster care system.
Tim O’Connell is joining Goodwill of North Georgia as CFO and Vice President of Finance and IT.
Two Georgia Equality staffers were recognized as finalists in the OUT Georgia 2021 Community Honors: Deputy Director Eric Paulk for Community Leader of the Year and Southern Regional Field Organizer Demarcus Beckham for Next Gen Leader of the Year.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announced that Doug Hooker will be Vice-Chair of the Board for 2022 and step into the role of Board Chair for a three-year term starting in 2023.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation President Dr. Gary Nelson announced that he will be retiring in spring 2022.
Georgia Audubon welcomed new board members Mary Anne Lanier, Scott Porter, Ellen Miller, and Laurene Hamilton, CEO of Greening Youth Foundation.
South Arts Director of Film and Traditional Arts Teresa Hollingsworth was awarded the American Folklore Society’s 2021 Benjamin A. Botkin Prize, recognizing lifetime achievement in public folklore.
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation appointed Daniel Shoy Jr. as their Managing Director, Youth Development, and Elizabeth Brown as Managing Director, Mental Health and Well-Being.
Kate’s Club added four new members to its board: Tony Bencina, Sheree Martin, Starr P. Person, and Ren Powell.
Black Lives Matter Co-Founders Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown wrote an op-ed for The Guardian about ongoing threats to Black people’s right to vote.
Among Georgia Trend magazine’s list of 100 most influential Georgians for 2022: Fair Fight Founder & Chair Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Beltline President & CEO Clyde Higgs, United Way of Greater Atlanta President & CEO Milton J. Little Jr., Latin American Association CEO Santiago Marquez, Georgia Conservancy President Katherine Moore, Task Force for Global Health President & CEO David Ross, and Giving Kitchen ED Bryan Schroeder. Georgia Trend also recognized a collection of 2022 Notable Georgians, including Georgia Food Bank Association ED Danah Craft, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta President & CEO Frank Fernandez, Georgia Equality ED Jeff Graham, Atlanta History Center President & CEO Sheffield Hale, Woodruff Foundation President P. Russell Hardin, Urban League of Greater Atlanta President & CEO Nancy Flake Johnson, Central Atlanta Progress President A.J. Robinson, Georgia Organics President & CEO Alice Rolls, GPB Media President & CEO Teya Ryan, and GCN President & CEO Karen Beavor.
This roundup was sourced from member and partner submissions, as well as their websites, newsletters, and social media channels; the Coxe Curry & Associates Week in Review newsletter; and GCN staff.
Marc Schultz is communications editor at GCN.