COVID related grant funds

FYI – Passing this information along for those who might be interested…

The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta announced an open application process for nonprofit organizations to receive grant funding for pandemic response efforts. The Fund plans to issue $5.5 million in grants in the next 30 to 60 days, in addition to $18.4 million distributed to date. Application eligibility requirements and materials are posted on United Way’s website via this link. Applications must be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 9 and funding decisions will be announced on a rolling basis beginning mid-October, with updates on timing of additional grant announcements posted on the Community Foundation’s website here.

The Grant Application is here –

LEVATE Art Festival – Info from Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Good afternoon:

I am handling PR for the ELEVATE Art Festival on behalf of the City of Atlanta – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  The festival will be virtual this year and will be streamed live via Facebook, YouTube, and the festival website. It will take place from October 4-10, and the events are free.

I am writing to ask for your help in spreading the word about the festival to your constituents. Attached are flyers and we also have social media materials if you would like to have those.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial tensions, economic recession, and divisive political climate the festival theme is Equity, Activism, Engagement. We are inviting artists, thought leaders, and the public to examine issues of inequity and injustice with the goal of inspiring community building, activism, and hope.  Our diverse programming includes visual arts, dance, music, films, and conversations with Pearl Cleage, Tayari Jones, Andrew Young, Shanequa Gay, Carrie Mae Weems and others.

I am attaching a press release with additional information. More details and a complete festival schedule can be found on the website:

Let me know if you need anything else. Thank you very much for your time and consideration!

Best regards,

Karen Hatchett

Adair Park Porches and Pies Bake Sale


Porches and Pies is an annual fall festival in historic Adair Park. The event features a pie bake off for professional chefs and hobby bakers, music, kids activities and an artists market.  In 2020, due to impacts of coronavirus, Porches and Pies will be a no-contact bake sale. We hope to return in 2021 with a full festival format! All proceeds benefit Adair Park Today, Inc. to support community programming, education and development. Your support is appreciated now more than ever.

Saturday, October 10
12 – 3 p.m. at Adair Park 1
Since a fun and safe festival is not possible this year, please join us for Porches and Pies Bake Sale, ​a delicious drive-up fundraiser supporting Atlanta’s historic Adair Park neighborhood.

Atlanta Gas Light Project – Pulliam Street

Good morning,

I wanted to provide you with an update on our project in your area. Our team will begin their work on Pulliam Street between Washington Street and Atlanta Avenue next week. In order for our crews to complete the work safely, that stretch of Pulliam Street will be closed.  The detour route will be marked.  The road will be open to local traffic so that the residents living on Pulliam can get to and from their homes. The work will take approximately 6 weeks. Several factors can change that timeline, including weather.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Alicia Young


Thriving Communities Grant Opportunity for NPU-V Communities

Thriving Communities Building Grant-TCBG is a Resident lead grant opportunity for six neighborhoods Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Capitol Gateway, known collectively as Neighborhood Planning Unit V (NPU-V). The primary objectives of these grants are to:

  • Support volunteers and grassroots organizations taking ownership in improving their communities;
  • Foster relationships by encouraging diverse community partnerships to work toward common goals;
  • Build capacity within the community through training and leadership development; and
  • Support and track at least one measureable neighborhood improvement from each grantee, with the understanding that incremental improvements lead to broader community impact.
  • Support organizations that are community based, and that use community organizing to achieve their goals
  • Support and build for capacity youth & young adults.

Grant awards range from $5000–$10,000 annually. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2020. No exceptions.

Application Attachment: Thriving Community Building grant application Final

Atlanta Gas Light Project – Pulliam Street

Good afternoon,

My name is Alicia and I’m part of the Communications team at Atlanta Gas Light. I am contacting you regarding a project within the NPU V area.

We are working on a pipeline replacement project which involves a portion of University Avenue, Pryor Road and Pulliam Street. The project work began last month. Residents along the project path received a notification letter prior to the start of construction.

The construction method being used is called “open cut.” This involves digging a trench in the road and placing the new pipe in the trench. This work will not impact customers’ gas service.

We will begin the Pulliam Street section later this month. Due to the nature of this work, we would like to ask that residents along the 900 block of Pulliam Street avoid parking on the street during the work. This phase of the work will take approximately 6 weeks. We wanted to contact you to make you aware of the work and to ask if you could help us communicate this update with the residents.

I attached the notification letter I mentioned to this email. I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about this further.

Thank you,

Alicia Young

Attachment: Atlanta Avenue to University Letter FINAL

NPU-V September Virtual Meeting MONDAY (9/14) @ 7pm!

Join us for our monthly meeting for residents of Neighborhood Planning Unit V! NPU-V encompasses the communities of Mechanicsville, Summerhill, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Adair Park, and Capitol Gateway.

The meeting will be held on Monday, September 14th, at 7pm via Zoom.  Participants will need to register in advance for this meeting via this link:

Meeting ID: 992 1132 0112
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Dial-In: 646-558-8656, access code, 99211320112#

Call-in participants will be able to “raise their hand” by dialing *9 during the meeting. NPU-V board members hosting the meeting will be able to see any participants with raised hands and recognize them for asking questions or recording tallies for voting matters.

If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, please email and the NPU-V board Zoom hosts will be able to help.

The meeting agenda can be found here:
The City of Atlanta is divided into 25 Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s long-term vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years into the future. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government.
See you there!



September 2, 2020


Bus Operator Shields, Antimicrobial Air Filters Allow for Return of Front Door Boarding

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has invested approximately $250,000 in bus safety features to further protect the health of employees and customers and allow for the resumption of front door boarding and onboard fare collection beginning Monday, September 7.

MARTA has outfitted its entire fleet of 539 buses with polycarbonate shields around bus operator cabs, antimicrobial air filters that clean the air onboard, and mask dispensers.

“At the onset of this health crisis, MARTA implemented operational adjustments such as rear door boarding to limit contact between operators and customers. Our most recent safety measures, installing bus operator shields and air filters, allow us to return to front door boarding and onboard fare collection,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “We are grateful to our customers for continuing to mask up and social distance, and we remain committed to making MARTA a clean, safe place for everyone who relies on essential transit service.”

Every MARTA bus now has antimicrobial air filters that remove viruses and other airborne pathogens from the circulated air onboard and a tissue-like mask dispenser mounted near the front door. For additional customer convenience, MARTA Transit Ambassadors continue to distribute masks at rail stations and bus bays throughout the system. To date, MARTA has handed out 459,000 masks.

To assist with the boarding process, customers should have fare ready and enter the bus through the front doors and exit through the rear doors. Customers requiring the accessibility ramp should continue entering and exiting through the front door. Beginning Monday, September 7, all bus customers must have fare and wear a mask in order to ride MARTA.