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Extra Wish Grant Program

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
to Improve the Delivery of Services to Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Deadline Date:

09/02/20 Noon


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to improve the delivery of services to residents. Funding is intended to support specific expenses that clearly contribute to the success of organizations and the people served. Creative, innovative, and compelling requests have the best chance of receiving support from a Community Foundation donor. Eligible organizations must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area in the metro Atlanta region.

As a service to its donors and nonprofits, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta publishes Extra Wish to share special needs of nonprofit organizations in the 23-county metro Atlanta region. Since its inception, Extra Wish has connected donors to nonprofits that have “extra” funding needs to enhance their daily work. Extra Wish funding is intended to support items, beyond an organization’s operating budget, those “hard to fund” things that will enhance the organization’s work. Extra Wish is shared with all of the Community Foundation’s current and planned giving donors, more than 1,000 philanthropists.

Nonprofits must provide programs and/or services that align with one of the following areas:

  • Equity of Opportunity Architecture – one of the ten pathways (For more information, see Equity of Opportunity in Supporting Documents.)
  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts

Eligible Wish List Requests

  • Resources for program participants or organizations: expendable and non-expendable items that will help program participants succeed, such as clothing, MARTA fares, toys, age-appropriate reading material, tickets/participation fees for program participants, and equipment for people with disabilities. Program-related resources such as reference books, videos, or training materials that will remain with the organization. Requests for grocery store and gas station gift cards are eligible while requests for food and gasoline are not.
  • Capital items: office equipment including laptops, tablets, furniture, kitchen appliances, and items needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Services: consultant, contract, or labor expenses for specific, time-bound projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156430

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total request amounts are capped at $5,000. Most Extra Wish grants from the Community Foundation's donor-advised funds fall between $500 and $3,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for a grant from Extra Wish:

- Must not have not been featured in Extra Wish last year (2019). Organizations will not be selected to be included in consecutive (back-to-back) Extra Wish catalogs;

- Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area;

- 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) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;

- Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit;

- Must have a minimum one-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;

- Must have annual operating expenses greater than $25,000 as reflected in the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990.

Ineligible wish list requests:
- Items that have already been purchased or services that have been contracted prior to application
- Items where the total cost exceeds $5,000 (including shipping costs)
- Vehicles
- Gasoline for organizational fleets
- Subscriptions for magazines and trade publications
- Memberships and fees
- Attendance at conferences or training sessions for staff members
- Stipends for staff, volunteers, interns, or program participants
- General operating expenses
- Support for organizational or program endowments

Organizations that submit requests for more than three unique items will be automatically declined.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- Friday, August 14: Online Orientation
- By Wednesday, September 2 at noon: Deadline for nonprofits to submit their Organizational Profile and Extra Wish application
- By Wednesday, September 16: Applicants notified of inclusion (or not) in the Fall 2020 Extra Wish catalog
- By Wednesday, November 11: Community Foundation will distribute "Extra Wish" to all current donors. The issue will be available on the website as well.

The first step in a nonprofit’s journey with the Foundation is to complete an Organizational Profile through the Nonprofit Online Portal. A complete application includes an Organizational Profile and Extra Wish grant application.

Applicants may apply for funding for up to three unique items.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Complete (or update) an Organization Profile:

Apply online:

For more information, please contact:

Mindy Kao
Program Associate, Equity

Questions may also be submitted to the Foundation at:

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303

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USA: Georgia: Greater Atlanta counties: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, Walton

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