General Operating Support

General operating support provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most appropriate.  

Several of The Community Foundation's competitive grantmaking programs are focused on providing general operating support. These include the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, which provides grants to small and midsized arts organizations; the Atlanta AIDS Fund, which provides grants to HIV/AIDS-service organizations; and the Common Good Funds program, the Foundation's largest competitive grantmaking program.

Information for the Common Good Funds grant program is below. For information about Arts Fund, AIDS Fund and Local Funds grantmaking, visit the webpages for each program.   

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Common Good Funds

Common Good Funds grants are available to support an organization’s ongoing administrative and infrastructure costs and/or to maintain existing, effective programs that are offered within the Foundation's 23-county service area. Characteristics of successful applicants include that they have a clear vision of the organization’s role in making a difference in the community, demonstrate effectiveness through the investment of time and personnel in measuring and planning for success, and have written strategic plans that cover two or more years, include goals and methods to measure effectiveness, and are used to form an annual work plan.
These grants are very competitive.  Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 for each 12 month period and may be awarded for 12 or 24 months. Each grantee will be asked to identify organizational goals and to report on progress and challenges in either 12- or 24-month intervals. 


2015 Grantmaking

  • Noon, April 15: Letter of Intent to Apply for Grant Funding Deadline
  • Noon, June 5: Final Application Deadline (invitation only)
  • July 27-August 14: Site Visits
  • Late October: Grants Awarded


The Common Good Funds orientation presentation is available here.

2015 Materials

Common Good Funds Guidelines
Letter of Intent Instructions 
Final Application Instructions 
Common Good Funds Final Application Link
Good Done Great Online Application Instructions
Board Information Form
Cash Flow Worksheet Instructions
Cash Flow Worksheet Template

Application Process

  • Organizations submit Letters of Intent to Apply for Grant Funding
  • Foundation staff reviews all Letters of Intent and invites up to 30 organizations to submit Final Applications
  • Invited organizations submit Final Applications
  • Foundation staff reviews all Final Applications and selects finalists to receive site visits
  • Foundation staff and board members conduct site visits
  • Funding recommendations are made to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and grants are awarded
  • Organizations receiving grants will be required to report in either 12- or 24-month intervals

Eligibility Requirements

Nonprofit organizations must meet certain requirements to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Common Good Funds. Click here to review requirements and activities not eligible for funding.  


Nonprofit Scholarships


Nonprofit organizations that have received grants from any of the Foundation's discretionary grantmaking programs within the last six years may apply for a Nonprofit Scholarship.

Scholarships are available all year around for grantees to attend workships, trainings and conferences for selected programs.

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