2022 Community Investment Fund Grant Opportunity


Eligible groups/organizations must:

  • Build on the strengths and assets already existing in the community;
  • Show the capacity to complete funded activities by Friday, December 30, 2022; and
  • Have either an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status or a fiscal agent who has an IRS tax exemption. Applicants must provide a letter from the fiscal agent indicating their willingness to serve in that capacity and describing the roles and responsibilities of the relationship. They also must provide the fiscal agent’s IRS tax exemption letter. Awarded grant checks will be issued to the tax-exempt organization, which must have a business bank account (and indicate possession of one).

Preferred attributes include:

  • demonstrating broad community support and engagement;
  • addressing significant community issues and having clear benefits for the entire neighborhood;
  • having a plan for sustaining the project beyond the initial Foundation investment; and
  • providing a reasonable budget that does not include compensation for time.

Ineligible projects/organizations include:

  • for-profit businesses and/or government/public agencies;
  • nonprofits that have more than three full-time paid staff members and an annual operating budget of more than


  • projects that only benefit an individual or household rather than the broader community;
  • lobbying or strictly religious programming;
  • organizations that have a CIF Board member serving as a senior staff, consultant, or Board member; and
  • nonprofits or community-based organizations that do not demonstrate active leadership by NPU-V residents.

Note: AECF has a separate neighborhood event sponsorship fund (up to $400) for onetime events, please contact Natallie Keiser nkeiser@aecf.org for the application.

Grantee Requirements

Selected grantees must:

  • attend the grantee orientation on June 9, 2022, to receive the first distribution of funds;
  • submit a final report with itemized receipts (Grantees who do not submit reports will not be eligible for consideration in future rounds of the Community Investment Fund); and
  • schedule and invite their assigned CIF Board member to visit their project.

How to Apply

In addition to submitting a completed application with all requested information, your submission should include a clear budget with a request of no more than $5,000. Completed applications must be submitted by 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Please send completed applications to Alice Jenkins at caseygrant@fundforsouth.org and cc: alice@fundforsouth.org (email preferred) or mail to:

Fund For Southern Communities

4153 – C Flat Shoals Parkway /Suite 314 Decatur, GA 30034

ATTENTION: Community Investment Fund Application

Available Support

We host annual grant-writing workshops for applicant questions and support. However, due to the impact of

Covid 19 this will be done virtually on Tuesday, April 26, 2022  at 6:00 pm via ZOOM

(Link to register for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpf-2qqj0jG9bawxtj2NZH3ZP_uJtsqY2S 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

An additional grant-writing workshop will be offered on May 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm via zoom: (the link to register for the workshop is: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce6gqDwiHtVNaNbu1PxUmTb3APzVEYUG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


If you have questions, please contact Alice Jenkins at (404) 371-8404 or alice@fundforsouth.org or the Community Investment Fund Advisory Board members:

Rahkia Williams, Chair

James Collins

Alicia DeCriscio

Janice Dudley

Christine Frazier

Margaret Hooker

Brandi Oates

Yolanda McKinney

Sallenya Taylor