Community Impact Grants

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The North Georgia Community Foundation believes in the importance of strengthening local non-profits and that a vibrant community is one with strong non-profits doing great work to address the community's most pressing needs. 

Through our Community Impact Grant Program, the Community Foundation will consider applications for projects designed to improve the quality of life in the north Georgia region.  

The 2018 Community Impact Application Cycle will be open April 15 - June 30.

How to Apply

All grant applications must be submitted online through the web portal.  Applicants will need a user ID and password to access and complete the online application. Visit NGCF's web portal to create an account.

To apply for a grant on behalf of an organization, you will need to select 'Grant Applicant' from the Portal Access list.  After responding to all application questions, you will be required to attach the following documents in electronic format. 

Grant Application Attachments

Current IRS Determination Letter - Should indicate 501(c)3 tax-exempt status.

Current Annual Operating Budget - Should be a report of your organization's planned budget indicating projected revenue and expenses for the current fiscal year.

Board of Directors List - Should be a one-page list of officers and directors including their community involvement and/or professional affiliations, individual terms of office and contact information.

Most Recent Financial Audit or IRS Form 990 - Please submit your last year-end financial statement, if audit or 990 is not required for your organization.

Late, hardcopy, or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.  Please do not include any other forms or information other than what is required as outlined above.  

Funding Priority

The Community Foundation accepts applications only from organizations classified as tax-exempt under 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and seeks to leverage opportunities in the region where a moderate amount of grant money can achieve a significant result. We look for proposals from organizations with a well-planned approach to issues and needs, a demonstrated base of support, committed leadership, and the involvement of individuals with the skills necessary to carry out the work.  We are interested in those organizations that can demonstrate they have planned their projects in light of overall community need and that similar projects by other organizations do not duplicate the proposed services. 

A request which asks the Foundation to provide a portion of the support for a project will generally receive greater priority than one which looks to it as the single funding source.


The Community Foundation does not provide funding from its Community Impact funds for annual fund campaigns, lobbying/electioneering, grants to individuals, and grants to private foundations.

Geographic Restrictions

Grant applications are accepted from non-profit organizations whose primary office is located in one of the following counties which comprise the Community Foundation's service area:

Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White

Review Process and Notification of Grants

Proposals are initially screened by program staff for eligibility and completeness. If the request clearly falls outside these guidelines, it will be declined by program staff. The Community Foundation’s Grants Committee will then review proposals and forward their recommendations for funding to the full Board of Directors for a decision.  Applicants will be notified of the Board's decision in early September.

Please contact the Foundation at (770) 535-7880 or if you have any questions.

Congratulations to the 2017 Grant Recipients

Hall County

Action Ministriesto support three different programs that will provide stable housing for homeless families.

The Way Homeless Ministry to provide basic tangible needs for the homeless community.

The Guest House to provide fresh quality and balanced meals for their senior guests.

Rape Response programs to work collaboratively with school systems to provide ‘Let’s Talk’ prevention education classes.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank to expand outreach and provide prescription food boxes for low income oncology patients.

Children Center for Hope & Healing programs to provide children between the ages of 3 and 17, who have been sexually abused, with counseling from licensed therapists.

Forsyth County

Mentor Me to provide mentoring and tutoring through a school-based support system to students identified at risk to drop out of middle school and high school.

Jackson County

Humane Society of Jackson County to provide spay and neuter services for pets of families living in low-income households.

Atlanta Mission to provide transformational recovery programs for men residing in Jackson County.

Habersham County

Prevent Child Abuse Habersham to provide supervised family visitation for children whose parents are going through parental substance abuse, family violence or domestic conflict.

Volunteers for Literacy Habersham focus on teaching English and Civics to non-English speaking citizens in Habersham County.

Union County

Whiskers Project to provide spay and neutering services for cats that are homeless or pets living with low income families.

First Baptist Church of Blairsville to expand their Feed the Hungry program from one time a month to twice monthly.

Lumpkin County

Georgia Forest Watch programs to engage and provide education for the public of North Georgia so that they may gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the last remaining unprotected forest.

Holly Theatre to provide programs to enrichopportunities for local children and teens, 5 to 18 years old, so that they may cultivate future performers and audiences.

Rainbow Children’s Home to support the Beyond Basics program, which gives young ladies the resources to break free from the cycle of poverty and abuse.



Impacting Communites in North Georgia & Beyond

The Community Foundation serves our 15 county North Georgia region and beyond, encouraging philanthrophy, supporting nonprofits and giving donors a way to improve the quality of life in our region for this and future generations.

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