The Atlanta Women’s Foundation supports organizations that improve the lives of economically vulnerable women and girls in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
The absence of economic self-sufficiency is at the heart of critical issues faced by women and girls in our community. Access to resources plays a major role in determining the choices women and girls make. AWF supports organizations that lift women and girls up and out of poverty by increasing their access to services and opportunities for advancement.
One of the ways we accomplish this is through strategic grantmaking. AWF awards local, grassroots nonprofit organizations financial grants to help them deliver critical services to low-income women and girls. Our areas of focus are mental and physical health services, education, and life skills.
In order to achieve the greatest impact with the funds AWF invests in the community, we have incorporated a collective impact approach into our grantmaking. Through this approach AWF brings together our grantees in order to do the most good for the largest number of women and girls. As the backbone organization, AWF guides the vision and strategy of the project, maintains communication, ensures all data is collected and measured in the same way, and provides supportive activities like annual convenings.
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
AWF is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty for women and girls in Atlanta.
Ultimately, it is AWF’s goal to create healthier communities by ensuring barriers affecting women and girls are removed, and that women and girls are utilized to their fullest potential.
AWF supports organizations providing services in the areas of mental and physical health, education, and life skills.
Priority will be given to organizations serving girls and women in Clayton County, and to organizations providing wraparound services. Based on AWF's research findings, organizations that provide wraparound services are effective in combating multiple interrelated issues.
Our goal is to strengthen the network of nonprofits providing effective comprehensive services and eliminating systemic barriers impacting economically vulnerable girls and women.
GRANTS WE OFFER
AWF does not accept unsolicited grant proposals at this time. We identify and invite potential partners to apply for grants.
We currently offer grants to organizations working to lift girls and women out of poverty.
Our four primary programs are the Women's Pathway to Success, Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program, Promoting Women's Mental Health & Wellbeing, and the Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award.
Women's Pathway to Success
A program focused on eliminating barriers to employment for women in metro Atlanta, which will result in job creation and reduce poverty.
Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program
A program focused on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.
Rebuilding Women Initiative
The initiative will build upon the progress of the 2020 COVID-19 Grantee Relief Fund and address the intersecting barriers women and girls face in the wake of the pandemic. The program will enable women and girls to have access to mental and physical healthcare, as well as vaccine education.
Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing
A program that provides critical support to nonprofits in their efforts to enhance or expand mental health services to women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award
Thanks to the generosity of Sue Wieland and her husband John, every year we are able to award $20,000 to one of our recent grantee recipients that demonstrates outstanding ability to make significant change in the lives of women and girls through its ongoing work and by using an example of one individual that the organization sees as a shining example of their program.
Collective Impact Approach
AWF applies a Collective Impact Approach to its grantmaking. Program components include cohort multi-year funding; facilitated discussions to foster a safe environment for peer sharing; program evaluation technical assistance; individualized one-on-one consultation; workshops and trainings; and interactive convenings that allow nonprofits an opportunity to share their work and explore collaboration.