Improving Communities:Clayton


Clayton County is one of Georgia's smallest counties in land size with an area of 146 square miles. Yet, with nearly 260,000 residents, it is one of the most densely populated. Over the past few decades, the county has experienced a dramatic change in its racial demographics, largely in part to urban gentrification. Today, its minority population is approximately 80% versus approximately 20% in 1980. 

A suburban community just minutes south of downtown Atlanta, Clayton County has a relaxed, small-town feel, but with all the amenities of a major metropolitan area. Parts of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind were set in Clayton, including the location of the fictional Tara Plantation.
Key Demographics: 

  • Population: 259,424
  • Median Household income: 35,672
  • Percent below poverty level: 18.8%
  • Number of nonprofit organizations: 952
  • Cities/towns include: College Park, Forest Park, Jonesboro and Riverdale

Sources: 2010 US Census, Guidestar

The Clayton Fund   
The Clayton Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta was established in 1992 to bring together donors, nonprofits, and community members to make philanthropy happen in Clayton County. The Clayton Fund was the first Local Fund of the Community Foundation. It offers an annual grantmaking program, as well as philanthropic learning opportunities and community awareness activities – all with the goal of building philanthropy and strengthening nonprofit organizations in Clayton County. 

Since 2003, the Clayton Fund has granted more than $180,000 to area nonprofits to respond to the changing needs of the community. Organizations receive grants for general operating support, which gives grantees the ability to use funds where they are most needed. Past grantees include CHRIS Kids, Inc., House of Dawn, Rainbow House, Royal Family Kids Camp, Securus House, Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center and Southwest Christian Care.
2016 Grantmaking
In 2016 the Clayton Fund will offer a one-time collaborative grantmaking opportunity for nonprofit organizations based in Clayton County working to address and improve access to healthcare outcomes in the county. In selecting a project(s) for funding, the Clayton Fund will place a priority on supporting non‐traditional and cross-sector collaborations working together to address access to healthcare challenges in Clayton County in new or enhanced ways. Priority will be given to proposals that target vulnerable populations, particularly low-income individuals and families and the uninsured. 

Before submitting proposals and solidifying partnerships, community stakeholders and nonprofit groups will convene three times between May and June in facilitated conversations to contextualize the issue of access to healthcare, discuss prototypes and best practices and solidify ideas in order to submit strong proposals.   
The PowerPoint presentations and other resources from the first and second meetings can be found below: 
·  Session I: Contextualizing the Issue (May 5)

·  Session II: Prototypes and Best Practices (May 18)
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Submission Instructions
1.Complete and submit the Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application using the online application portal (linked below)
2. Download, complete and submit a Proposal in response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the required budget attachment via email to

2016 Grant Cycle Materials 

2016 Grant Cycle Timeline
  • Thursday, July 14: All nonprofits in the partnership complete their Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application; lead nonprofit partners complete and submit a Proposal in response to the RFP
  • August 4: Partnerships notified whether they are moving to the interview stage of the process 
  • August 8 - 12: Interviews with selected partnerships 
  • August 29: Foundation notifies nonprofits of the status of their funding request 

Recent Grants & Support 

Angkor Resource Center helps refugees and immigrants adjust socially and economically by providing education, information and developmental services to improve their overall health and wellbeing and help them become self-sufficient. The organization received a general operating support grant in 2015 from the Clayton Fund to expand its operational capacity.

Arts Clayton received a grant from the Clayton Fund in 2015 to support financial stewardship and marketing and branding efforts to build organizational capacity.
House of Dawn received a grant from the Clayton Fund in 2015 to support staff and board development in program management and fundraising.

Scholar Works Enterprises of Georgia received a grant from the Clayton Fund in 2015 to support the creation, adoption, and launch of an integrated communications that will allow them to more effectively achieve the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.   
Regional Data Mapping Project
To learn more about Clayton County, the Community Foundation along with other partners – the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Families First, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and Kaiser Permanente of Georgia – conducted a formal research project on the area in 2010. Please select the below links to read more about the Regional Data Mapping Project’s results on the changing demography, community assets, strategic challenges and nonprofit landscape in Clayton. 

Fact Sheet
Census Tract Comparisons
Nonprofit Survey Results
Focus Group Results

Recent Press & Other News

Nonprofits invited to collaborate, address healthcare issues in Clayton County
Clayton News Daily Online, 5/12/2016

Clayton Fund awards $20,000 to meet the needs of local nonprofits
Press release, 6/15/2011

Clayton Groups get Community Foundation 2009 Grants
Clayton News Daily Online, 3/6/09

To include a local perspective in this work, the Clayton Fund has created an Advisory Committee of members comprised of knowledgeable leaders representing diverse segments of the community. Committee members live and work in Clayton County and are committed to developing local philanthropy and responding to the needs of their community. 
Ben Loggins, Chair
Charlene Craig
Veronica Elie
Pam Ferguson
Lee Fincher
Rosalind Lett
Colin Slay
Tammy Stanley
Karen Sullivan
Kathy Wages  

Clayton Contact Information:

For more information about the Clayton Fund, please call 404-688-5525 or email


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