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 2017 Community Impact Application Cycle is now closed.

Applicants will be notified by September if their organization is a 2017 recipient.

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 2016 Grant Recipients

Hall County

Gateway Domestic Violence Center
For its shelter security enchancement project.

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County
To provide financial education classes for future homeowners.

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
For its Meals on Wheels Pet Food Pantry program and its humane education and outreach children's programs.

United Way of Hall County
To create a preschool literacy garden in Gardens on Green.

For its 2017 Girl Power event.

Dawson & Forsyth County

Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together, Inc.
To create a scholarship fund for its supervised visitation program.

Meals by Grace
Providing hot, nutritious meals and additional food items to residents in Forsyth and Dawson counties.

Franklin County

Adults Protecting Children
To provide training on child sexual abuse prevention to organizations spanning multiple industries.

Habersham County

Georgia Baptist Children's Home
For Camp Hawkins, a summer residential camp for youth coping with varything development disabilities.

Hart County

Hart Interdenominational Ministry
To provide training on child sexual abuse prevention to organizations spanning multiple industries.

Rabun County

For trauma focused therapy and crisis counseling.

Stephens County

Neighbors 4 Neighbors
To provide fresh and/or flash-frozen fruits and vegetables to clients.

Toccoa Soup Kitchen and Shelter
To purchase food and other items needed to serve children, the unemployed and seniors.

White County

Family Promise of White County
To provide transportation, housing, food and lifestyle counseling for homeless families.




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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