COBB COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM
Cobb Community Foundation is pleased to make available a capacity building program that can provide the integrated tools, plan, coaching, and technology required to build the necessary fundraising capacity to diversify your revenue and sustain your programs.
Consistent with recommendations outlined in the 2019 Cobb County Human Needs Assessment and Asset Mapping Study, Cobb Community Foundation (CCF) and the United Way of Greater Atlanta NW Metro Region desire to strengthen and support the county’s small to midsized nonprofit organizations that are providing social services in the communities most in need.
Eligible organizations are those that are exempt from taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, have been classified as a public charity for a minimum of 3 years, have combined financial contributions and grants of less than $500,000 in 2018 and 2019, and have assets or income in excess of $1,000 according to their most recent publicly available 990. Eligible organizations must also provide one or more social services in or near census tracts in Cobb County that have high levels of need and limited access to services.
To determine if you are eligible to apply for the program, please complete the 4 question survey.
Funding for this program has been made possible through the generosity of contributors to the Cobb Community Impact Fund, Cobb Community Foundation Corporate Community Champions, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta NW Metro Region.
COBB COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE FUND
In light of the challenges that have arisen and will continue to arise from the current pandemic, we have shifted our focus in 2020 from opportunity and impact grants to providing flexible resources to non-profit organizations serving Cobb and meeting critical needs either arising from or exacerbated by the novel coronavirus. Our goal is to expand local capacity by supporting the nonprofits helping individuals and families experiencing hardship because of the outbreak, related closures and disruptions. Unfortunately, funds are extremely limited.
Instead of accepting applications, through video conferences, conference calls and numerous emails, we are keeping our fingers on the pulse of our community: both its needs and who is doing what to serve them. Jointly with Cobb Collaborative and United Way of Greater Atlanta’s NW Region, we are proactively seeking guidance from community partners as well as using collected data to determine funding recipients and are awarding grants where we believe they can have the broadest and most immediate impact. We truly wish we could make grants to every non-profit providing key services right now, but funds are limited. Any non-profit primarily serving Cobb County is welcome to reach out to any of the three organizations to ensure awareness of the organization’s needs and services.
COBB COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
In 2019, to ensure that we were deploying these dollars to make the greatest difference in the County, we engaged Georgia Center for Nonprofits to perform an assessment of Cobb’s needs, to map our non-profits, and to identify our gaps. With that information, our community grant-making shifted from being general in nature to being based on hard data and focused on the community’s greatest needs.
Cobb Community Opportunity Grants are designed to support those organizations who are providing the human services that are most needed to the areas of Cobb where they are most lacking. These grants will be available for funding for general operations, specific programs or projects, as well as tools and training for non-profit sustainability and partnership development. The total amount awarded each year, as well as the size and number of grants, is a function of the dollars raised. The next grant cycle was scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 with grants being awarded in August; however, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, Cobb Community Foundation has shifted its grant-making focus to assist those most impacted by the novel coronavirus.