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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2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

  • Friday, March 9 – Organizations interested in being considered for a 2018 General Operating Support grant complete/update Organization Profile and Common Grant Application on the online portal
  • By Friday, April 13 – Selected applicants contacted and invited to submit a Grant Application Supplement
  • Friday, May 4 – Grant Application Supplement due
  • By Friday, November 2 – Applicants notified of funding decision



Eligibility and Application Materials


To access a recording of the webinar held on Wednesday, January 31 to review eligibility criteria and application process for General Operating Support, please click here.


2018 Guidelines

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

Lita 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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