General Operating Support

Real strength means flexibility.

Funding Where It’s Needed Most

The Community Foundation’s General Operating Support cycle provides nonprofits with unrestricted funding to achieve their missions. General operating support grants are flexible and allow funds to be used when and where they’re most needed.

Several of the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs offer general operating support, including the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund which supports small and midsized arts organizations; the Atlanta AIDS Fund which provides grants to HIV/AIDS-service organizations; and the Common Good Fund, the Foundation’s unrestricted fund that focuses primarily on general operating support for nonprofit organizations.

These grants are highly competitive. Grants 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 annual goals and to report on progress and challenges every 12 months.

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2019 Grant Cycle Timeline

Monday, May 20, 2019: Online orientation session
By Wednesday, June 19, 2019: Deadline to complete or update Organizational Profile and Common Grant Application
By Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Invitation sent to selected applicants to submit a Grant Application Supplement
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at noon: Deadline to submit Grant Application Supplement (by invitation)
By Friday, July 31, 2019: Selected applicants contacted and site visits confirmed
August 21- September 3: Site visits are conducted
By Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Applicants notified of funding decision

Eligibility and Application Materials

2019 Orientation

Community Foundation staff hosted an online orientation session on Monday, May 20 and recorded the webinar. A link to that recording is found here.

2019 Materials

2019 Guidelines
Sources of Revenue Worksheet
Cash Flow Template
Board Form

For more information about grants for General Operating Support, please contact

Lita Ugarte Pardi
Director, Resource Deployment

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

The Journey Starts Here

Ready to get started? Just visit our Nonprofit Online Portal to complete your Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application and Grant Application Supplement.

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