United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta have established the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Read our FAQS to learn how the fund will support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic.
Please download our fund overview if you need to print and share this information.
This fund will also support the gaps in the capacity of our existing non-profit partners adversely affected by the impact of COVID-19. Gaps include unanticipated interruptions in business operations, impacts from interruptions in state and/or local government programs or services and the impact of volunteering in an age of social distancing.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Small Business Supports
- Be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, taxexempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) or have a fiscal sponsor that qualifies as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. I.R.S. determination must be current.
- Be located and providing services in one of these counties: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton, or the City of Atlanta;
- Be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit. Verify nonprofit status.
- Have strong relationships and trust in the community.
Ways to connect to 2-1-1:
- Text the keyword “211od” to 898-211 to receive Corona Virus resources
- Dial 2-1-1 and speak with a Community Connection Specialist
- Visit 211online.unitedwayatlanta.org and search our comprehensive database or chat with a Community Connection Specialist
- Email a Community Connection Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download the 2-1-1 mobile app to access our comprehensive database
United Way and Community Foundation staff will proactively identify potential grant recipients based on communities’ needs, solicit guidance on potential recipients from community advisors, and recommend final awards to the Advisory Committee which will make the final decisions. United Way will administer grants from the Fund.
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for services and loss of revenue due to closures and event cancelations. In order to move resources quickly, organizations are initially requested to share their needs on an online portal that will go live the week of March 30. Initially, this information will be used to inform grantmaking. Organizations may be asked to submit additional information to be considered for funding.
Please note that this is the initial process for funding. A more structured process to request funding will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Contributions can be made to either United Way of Greater Atlanta or the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. Contributions can be made here.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the launch of the #ATLSTRONG FUND, a donation campaign led by the Mayor’s Office in collaboration with United Way of Greater Atlanta to support City of Atlanta residents in need because of economic and health-related issues caused by COVID-19.
- Donations from the #ATLSTRONG Fund will support similar priorities to those of the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund but will support only the City of Atlanta residents:
Food security for the City of Atlanta’s children and seniors;
Individuals experiencing homelessness within the City of Atlanta
Small business continuity assistance;
City of Atlanta residents experiencing financial hardships that are in need of rental assistance or utility assistance
Other related purposes
United Way will accept donations received through the City’s ATL Strong webpage and will administer those funds for the designated purposes. The City will have discretion to make final decisions regarding the administration of donations consistent with the designated purposes, giving due consideration to United Way’s input.
The City will promote the webpage to increase awareness and donations to the ATL Strong Fund. The donation page for the #ATLSTRONG FUND is accessed through the City of Atlanta’s website and the funds raised are maintained in a separate United Way account.