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.

awarded in 2016
organizations funded in 2016
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2019 Grant Cycle Timeline

Thank you for your interest in this program. More information about the 2019 cycle will be available in May 2019.

In the meantime, please sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter at the bottom of the page for the latest updates. You can also get a jump start by completing or updating your Common Grant Application, which is the first step in the application process for this grant.

Eligibility and Application Materials

Below you will find information related to the 2018 cycle. These are only for reference purposes. Check back in May 2019 for information to the related 2019 cycle. 

2018 Orientation

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 Materials

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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