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Parent Leaders United for Students (PLUS) Small Grants Program

Grants to Atlanta, Georgia Nonprofits, Schools, and
Parent Groups to Promote Parent Engagement

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to Atlanta, Georgia parent-led groups, nonprofit organizations, individual schools, and groups of collaborating schools for activities that promote parent engagement, involvement, and action in Atlanta Public School district schools.

PLUS Grant requests must be for efforts that involve planning, implementing, and/or expanding the voice of parents, the engagement of parents, and the accountability of parents in education-related activities. These may occur in a community or school-based setting.

Examples of projects or activities include, but are not limited to:

- Events (trainings, forums, festivals) to stimulate conversation and collaboration between the school and community.
- Communications tools (Facebook, newsletters) to inform community parents of education information and actions (i.e. APS curriculum, cluster activity, state reform).
- Activities to engage parents, students, and communities (joint projects, academic, or mentoring programs).

All proposed PLUS projects should employ and build on the strengths and assets already existing in the community, including volunteer skills and labor, public spaces, institutions, businesses, or churches.

PLUS grants may be used for consultants (with a clear and compelling scope of work), food, materials, space rental, entertainment, equipment, honorariums.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175104

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $250 to $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for a three-month period; groups must be able to successfully complete their proposed project in three months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

PLUS grants are available for parent-led groups*, nonprofit organizations, individual schools and school clusters that support parent engagement, involvement, and action in Atlanta Public School district.

*PLUS Grants program defines a parent as “a person or persons providing legal guardianship to a child currently attending an Atlanta Public School (K-12)."

Priority will be given to efforts that support:

1. Parent Action Groups (PAG) at Boyd and Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy (former Connelly) Elementary Schools
2. Activities in the Washington, Carver, or Douglass Clusters- Parent-led efforts and those that include graduates or participants from the PLUS Academy will receive preference.
3. Atlanta Public Schools Governance Teams (GO Teams City-wide) – Parent-led efforts and those that include graduates or participants from the PLUS Academy will receive preference.
4. Atlanta Public Schools that are on the list of Georgia Public School’s Earning less than 60 on CCRPI for Previous Three Years (2012-2014)

While the above-mentioned are priorities, other grant applications are welcome and will be
evaluated objectively.

Note: Schools without a 501(c)3 are eligible to apply for PLUS grants using the Atlanta Partners for Education as its fiscal agent. Atlanta Partners for Education is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 1981 to provide a vehicle for the active participation of Atlanta-area businesses, and the larger community, in supporting the Atlanta Public School System (APS). Atlanta Partners for Education is housed in the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC). PLUS staff will help to bridge this relationship.

Not Eligible:

- Parent-led groups supporting private schools/students
- Charter Schools that are not in the Atlanta Public School System
- Individuals or for-profit businesses
- Political groups
- Nonprofit or community-based organization that do not have active parent leadership
involved in the request

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted at any time through February 2017.

There is no application deadline. In most cases, grants will be awarded between 14-21 days after receipt of application.

Contact Information:

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

Click here for the online application form:

If you have questions, please send an email to, or contact:

Sherrie Woods, Volunteer Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia