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North Georgia Community Foundation accepting 2018 grant applications
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North Georgia Community Foundation President and CEO Michelle Prater - photo by Scott Rogers
Grant funding available for local nonprofits

How: To apply, nonprofits must create a login to the North Georgia Community Foundation’s grant application portal. Visit to get started. Login requests may take up to 48 hours to be approved.

Deadline: 5 p.m. June 30

More info: Contact Margaux Dolenc with additional questions about Community Impact Grants at 770-535-7880 or

The North Georgia Community Foundation is accepting applications for about $60,000 in grant funding available to local nonprofits and ministries through its Community Impact Fund.  

The program awarded more than $46,950 to 16 organizations in 2017, from a pool of 67 applicants, to support projects designed to improve the quality of life in the region.

The North Georgia Community Foundation was founded in 1985 and serves Hall, Banks, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

Applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. An online application is available at and must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 30.

Pastor Jerry Deyton, who founded and operates a day-center for Gainesville’s homeless called The Way, was a new recipient of this funding last year.

His ministry received $2,500 “to support all the outside needs,” he said, adding that none of the money was used for overhead or operational expenses.

Instead, the money bought homeless men and women tents, sleeping bags, boots and shoes for work, birth certificates and photo identification cards “to help them get back to work,” Deyton said.

“We went through that fast,” he added with a chuckle.

This year, Deyton said he will apply again for the same amount but wants to include the purchase of bus tickets in his project proposal.

“A lot of people come through here and get stranded,” he said.

The Community Impact Grant program was established to enhance the spirit of community and quality of life by supporting the network of nonprofits that serve the North Georgia region, according to NGCF President and CEO Michelle Prater.

“One of our missions is to help nonprofit partners to achieve their mission,” Prater said. “And one of the ways we do that is through this funding process.”

Prater added the NGCF provides office and conference room space for a variety of local nonprofits while supporting others through its fundraising and educational programs.

Prater said the applications will be vetted in July by a volunteer board. Recipients and the amount of funding they receive (from $500 to a cap of $5,000) will be determined and announced in late August or early September.  

In addition to the $60,000 available this year, Prater said NGCF will have three and maybe four individual donors who will choose a nonprofit from the applicant pool to personally support, with at least one of these donors focused on projects in the Gainesville area.

That would likely bring the grant funding total available this year to about $75,000, Prater said.

“The things we really look for are the (nonprofits) that have a greater impact,” Prater said, adding that those with a focus on health, poverty, education, the arts and other tangible initiatives are prioritized.

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