In April of 2014, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a $15 million commitment to help transform Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hill into safer, healthier and more prosperous neighborhoods. Grants are focused on the areas these communities have said are most important to them - economic development, improved safety and lower crime, better education and a greater focus on healthy communities. Grants have been awarded to organizations that have the capacity to run transformational projects and programs that offer lasting impact. The full list of grant recipients to date can be viewed here. In addition to these grants, the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund focuses on capacity building to help smaller, neighborhood-based organizations increase their impact.
Launched in January of 2015 in partnership with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Westside Momentum is a three-year capacity building initiative designed to strengthen and empower up to 50 nonprofits based in Atlanta’s Historic Westside neighborhoods. Westside Momentum is open to all Westside-based nonprofit organizations and community initiatives looking to strengthen leadership, build infrastructure, and deepen collaborative efforts that can help restore the English Avenue, Vine City, Castleberry Hill neighborhoods as vibrant and thriving communities. Applications will be accepted through February 13, 2015. You can read the full press release here.