FAQ

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.

United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta joined together to establish a Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund (COVID-19 Fund) to provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences. From March – November, the Fund has distributed 544 rapid response grants across 8 rounds of funding, totaling $25M to organizations providing COVID-19 response efforts across Greater Atlanta. The Fund will continue to provide grants in 2021.

All grants provided by the Fund are for general operating support. The flexibility of these dollars is intended to support the gaps in the capacity of our existing non-profit partners adversely affected by COVID-19 so that they may deliver their COVID-19 response services. Gaps include unanticipated interruptions in business operations, impacts from interruptions in state and/or local government programs or services, increased demand for services due to COVID-19, and the impact of volunteering in an age of social distancing.

To be eligible to receive a grant, all organizations must:

  • Be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 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 status);
  • Have strong relationships and trust in the community.

Specifically for Round 8:

  • Agencies applying for Food Security, Housing, or Mental Health Priority Area grants must EITHER be Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations OR have organizational budgets of $2,000,000 or less.
  • Agencies applying for an Education Priority Area grant must be focused on at least 1 of the following 3 areas as part of their COVID-19 Response Efforts: (1) Direct Response to the Digital Divide, (2) Providing access to safe care and supported learning for essential workers and those unable to work remotely, (3) Providing resources that are “standing in the gap” to the current learning models
Yes. Organizations must be located and providing services in one of these counties to receive a grant from the COVID-19 Fund: 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 City of Atlanta.
Not at this time. Right now, the Fund is prioritizing requests from organizations that can provide direct relief efforts to priority populations over the next 60-90 days.
Based upon the charitable structure of the COVID-19 Fund, our grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. We are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c) (6) organizations.
No, the COVID-19 Fund cannot award grants to individuals.  If you are looking for resources now, please reach out to United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1, a full-service contact center which connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living as well as those that develop during emergencies. United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in 140 different languages. Ways to connect to 2-1-1:
  • Text the keyword “GAcovid19” to 898-211 to receive coronavirus 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 contact211@unitedwayatlanta.org
  • Download the 2-1-1 mobile app to access our comprehensive database

United Way and Community Foundation staff will continue to maximize the benefit of philanthropy’s role in addressing needs related to COVID-19. Community needs are vast and cannot be met by philanthropy alone. The COVID-19 Response Fund will continue to complement efforts from the public sector, identify places where philanthropy can add value, and coordinate with other aligned and parallel efforts.

United Way will administer grants from the Fund via wire transfers in order for nonprofits to receive the funds as quickly as possible.
Information about selected grantees will be posted on United Way and the Community Foundation’s websites, including short descriptions of the services and support they are providing. We hope that this transparency will help the community navigate available resources.

As of 9/30/2020, the following organizations have committed resources to the COVID-19 Fund: United Way of Greater Atlanta, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, City of Atlanta, Goizueta Foundation, The Klump Family Foundation, Truist Foundation, David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund, Gas South, LLC, Georgia Power, Global Payments Inc, Wells Fargo, May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust, Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Sara Giles Moore Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, PwC, Holder Construction Company, Robert Pickron, The Primerica Foundation, Comcast, Regions Bank, King & Spalding, Anthem, James Balloun, Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, KPMG, Paccar Parts Division, Ellen Rogowski, RSUI Indemnity Company, SCANA Energy, The Vasser Woolley Foundation Inc, WXIA TV 11 Alive Gannett Company. Contributions have also been made by many individual and family donors.

Contributions can be made to either United Way of Greater Atlanta or the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. Contributions can be made here.