Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund - Commitment

 

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The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is committed to being transparent about our investments from the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.  We believe our commitment to neighborhood transformation for these Westside neighborhoods is a partnership among the Foundation, the City of Atlanta, and the community.  Transformation that benefits all, especially long-time residents, will be successful only if we are clear and transparent about our investments and what we support.  This Commitment page, which is updated monthly, documents the Foundation’s investments through the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.

The Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund invests in Westside-focused programs and projects through three primary financial vehicles:

  • Grants.  Grants are non-repayable funds provided by the Foundation typically to either a nonprofit entity, educational institution, or other quasi-governmental entity.
  • Direct Initiative Expenditure (DIEs).  DIEs are direct expenses that the Foundation incurs on behalf of forwarding the mission of the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund.  For example, paying the lease payments on the building where Westside Works, the Foundation-supported workforce center, is located, represents a DIE.
  • Program-Related Investment (PRI).  PRIs are loans and equity investments that foundations provide at favorable rates to support activities that have a direct charitable purpose.  The primary difference between PRIs and grants is that PRIs are intended to be repaid, typically with no or a lower than market financial return on investment, and grants are not.   

Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund Grantees

2016

  • APD Urban Planning: $125,000 (1-year DIE to provide strategic property acquisition support, analysis and policy recommendations on tax policies, urban design, and affordability in our targeted Westside neighborhoods) - APD Urban Management has over 20 years of experience in redevelopment projects and has been working in the Westside neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City for the last ten years. APD Urban will continue their work acquiring blighted properties in English Avenue and Vine City and work to redevelop these properties while keeping the history of these neighborhoods. This work, in conjunction with other programs, will help to reduce crime rates and safety hazards for residents, and stabilize the neighborhoods.
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity: $30,000 (1-year grant to assist with home improvements for Westside homeowners) - Founded in 1983, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with working families, sponsors and communities to build affordable, green, quality homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partnered with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation on the Blank Family of Businesses’ 2016 Community Day, in which 120 volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses completed six Atlanta Habitat Brush with Kindness projects in English Avenue.
  • Atlanta Police Foundation: $737,567 (1-year grant to establish the Westside Security Patrol, Community Policing Officer Housing Program, and the Westside AT-PROMISE Youth Center) - The Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) was established in 2003 to provide vital support to the Mayor, the Chief of Police and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) to make Atlanta the safest and most inviting city for all its residents, workers and visitors. In close partnership with the APD, APF makes strides daily toward its vision of a safer, more welcoming city that is vibrant and prosperous for people to work, live and play. APF will work with APD and the Vine City and English Avenue communities to provide for a safer and more secure environment for Atlanta’s Westside residents, visitors and businesses through the establishment of the following three programs: (1) The Westside Security Patrol, (2) Westside Officer Housing Program, and (3) The Westside AT-PROMISE Youth Center under the Youth Crime Prevention Initiative.
  • Bellwether Education Partners and HTI Catalysts: $200,000 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to comprehensively assess education on the Westside and engage parents and the community in the development of an education strategic plan) - Bellwether Education Partners and HTI Catalysts will develop a comprehensive assessment of education on the Westside and engage stakeholders in the creation of a strategic plan. Both groups will work collaboratively with the Westside Education Collaborative stakeholders and broader community to develop a holistic cradle-to-college-and-career strategic Westside education plan. Bellwether is a nationally recognized education consultant with a proven track record of success. Since 1993, HTI Catalysts has formed a collaborative network whose mission is to empower and grow organizations and the greater community through coaching, facilitation, and professional development. HTI was hired to conduct the Atlanta Public Schools charter system plan for the Washington Cluster.
  • Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association: $68,675 (1-year grant to improve the quality of life in Castleberry Hill through neighborhood placemaking activities and quality of life improvements) - Castleberry Hill is a unique downtown Atlanta urban community known for its thriving art boutiques and galleries, creative enterprises, retail shops, and restaurants with a strong historic identity. The Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) has surveyed its 2000 residents and businesses and the community identified a number quality of life projects that could enhance their residential units, arts and entertainment businesses.  With this grant, the CHNA will hire a placemaking coordinator to encourage residents and tourists spend more time in their neighborhood, and work with a planning firm to conduct a Land Use Action Plan that the neighborhood can prioritize and implement in the near-term to improve quality of life.
  • Center for Land Reform, Inc. (known as the Center for Community Progress): $18,000 (1-year grant to provide customized training on problem properties, affordable housing, land development and peer exchange networking opportunities for Westside) - Founded in 2010, the mission of the Center for Community Progress (CCP) is to ensure that communities have the vision, knowledge, and systems needed to transform problem properties into assets that support neighborhood vitality. CCP will provide customized training and peer exchange networking opportunities for nine Westside residents at the National Vacant Properties conference in Baltimore, MD, September 28-30, 2016. Residents have said that they need to be better informed to participate meaningfully in the ongoing redevelopment conversations. In addition to attending the conference, each resident will hold four or more resident “teach-ins” to share what he/she learned at the conference.
  • Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA): $140,000 (1-year grant to provide construction and commercial truck driving training and job placement services at Westside Works for Westside residents) - Founded in 1993, CEFGA serves as an advocate for the construction industry and provides an array of services/trainings that promote the construction sector and build up the skill sets of current and aspiring construction professionals and workers across Georgia. Under this grant, CEFGA will be providing construction training and job placement for Westside neighborhood residents at Westside Works.
  • Facing Race Conference: $3,600 (DIE to cover registration costs for nine residents to attend the national conference in Atlanta from November 10-12, 2016).  Facing Race is presented by Race Forward, an organization with more than 30 years of experience in researching, reporting, and training on racial justice. AMBFF staff attended this biannual conference with nine residents from English Avenue, Vine City and Atlanta University Center neighborhoods to continue to build effective and trusted relationships. 
  • Families First: $95,000 (1-year grant to implement an evidence-based health and early learning home visitation program to improve Westside early childhood health and education outcomes for children from birth to five years old) - Families First was founded in 1890 by two African American women who opened an emergency orphanage for homeless girls. Today, Families First assists more than 37,000 men, women, children and families annually across Metro-Atlanta by delivering comprehensive and sustainable solutions that improve child well-being and family self-sufficiency. With this grant, Families First would implement its evidence-based health and early learning home visitation program Parents Encouraging Promise (PEP) initiative with 60 Westside families to help reduce the academic and health gap between Westside children ages 0-5 and their peers across Atlanta.  
  • Health Education Assessment and Leadership Inc.: $206,000 (1-year grant to increase access to quality healthcare resources and reduce the burden of chronic diseases in targeted Westside neighborhoods) - Founded in 2007, HEALing Community Center (HCC) is a health nonprofit that provides health education and medical services to at-risk or underserved populations in the Westside and Southwest communities of Atlanta. The proposed grant would support two programs at HCC’s community health clinic in Vine City, which have had success in connecting underserved populations to primary care and in reducing incidents of cardiometabolic syndrome.  These programs are a community health worker program and a Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Integrity Transformations Community Development Corporation Inc. (ITCDC): $622,260 (1-year grant to provide neighborhood recruitment, intake and assessment, and employment case management services at Westside Works, as well as Westside Works facility management) -  Founded in 1995, ITCDC is a nonprofit that is committed to transforming the communities of English Avenue and Vine City by building strong and healthy neighborhoods through advocacy, leveraging of resources, community organizing and direct services that will stimulate holistic community development. ITCDC works directly with Westside Works to enhance these neighborhoods and increase employment. With this grant, ITCDC will become the managing partner of Westside Works, managing the maintenance and operations of Westside Works while also providing needed job readiness training services to Westside residents.
  • Juma Ventures, Inc.: $50,000 (1-year grant to deliver year-round youth workforce development, financial capability and career readiness supportive services to 50 Westside youth) - Founded in 1993, Juma’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education and financial capability for youth across America by partnering with major sports arenas, asset-building and educational partners across the country, including a partnership with the Georgia Dome. With this grant, Juma will deliver its unique workforce development, financial capability and career readiness supportive services, providing 50 Westside youth with the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to obtain and sustain permanent employment and achieve economic well-being. 
  • Literacy Action: $66,729 (1-year grant to provide customized adult education to Westside residents to ensure that they have the requisite literacy and numeracy skills needed to access job opportunities, as part of Westside Works programming) - Literacy Action, Inc. has been teaching basic literacy skills to adults for more than 44 years and currently stands as the largest community- based adult literacy agency in Georgia. Literacy Action provides high quality, sustainable literacy programs that help to break the cycle of intergenerational low literacy and empower students to reach their highest potential and propel them to self-sufficiency. With this grant, Literacy Action will be providing tailored basic adult education classes to neighborhoods residents at Westside Works.
  • The Mosaic Group: $142,500 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to help the Westside Health Collaborative (WHC) design and implement the programmatic activities outlined in the WHC’s three-year strategic plan) - Started in 2003, The Mosaic Group has become a nationally recognized management consulting firm with expertise in strategy development across business, public health and human service sectors. The Mosaic Group worked with the WHC to develop a comprehensive Westside health strategy that was finalized in February 2016. Under this DIE, The Mosaic Group will be working with the WHC to design and implement programmatic activities necessary to achieve the goals outlined in the three-year strategy.
  • New Hope Enterprises: $75,000 (1-year grant to provide employability skills training, job-specific hard skills training, and employment support to Westside residents seeking employment) - Since 2008, New Hope Enterprises has been providing a nationally recognized job-readiness program specifically designed to help chronically unemployed individuals find and retain jobs. New Hope’s training program, administered at Westside Works, will provide an intensive four-week therapeutic boot camp in which participants address their past attitudes, decisions and factors that have adversely impacted their lives. New Hope helps individuals address their issues and learn new skills that will make them dependable employees and engaged community members.
  • On the Rise Financial Center -- Direct Initiative Expense (DIE): $100,000 (DIE to provide the Westside Financial Capability Center and other nonprofit partners with temporary office space on the Westside for nonprofit activities).  The Westside Financial Capability Center (The Center) is a new collaboration of the Equifax Foundation, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and First Choice Credit Union, an Atlanta-based credit union. The Center will be providing: 1) access to traditional banking services (e.g., checking and saving accounts); 2) financial education and literacy programming; and 3) access to alternative lending products to pay-day lending and check-cashing. This DIE provides temporary trailers on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard for The Center to launch and operate in for at least one year. Over time, The Center will be able to provide all of the financial services in a permanent Westside location.  
  • Project for Public Spaces: $63,100 (1-year grant to implement place-making projects and amenities in the English Avenue neighborhood around the proposed Mattie Freeland park) - Founded in 1975, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization that creates and sustains public spaces that serve as transformational spaces to build stronger communities. In the Westside, PPS is building on its initial place-making assessment by implementing lighter, quicker and cheaper (LQC) initiatives in the Mattie Freeland Park area of English Avenue. This implementation focuses on using local talents to quickly and inexpensively improve public spaces. PPS will work with residents to help to prioritize desired amenities for the park and develop and implement a short-term programming and physical improvement plan.
  • Regionerate LLC and HTI Catalysts: $145,000 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to help develop a comprehensive financial self-sufficiency and small business/entrepreneurship strategy for the Westside Economic Inclusion Collaborative (WEIC) - Founded in 2009, Regionerate is an economic development consulting firm that has guided and facilitated regional prosperity and revitalization efforts in multiple U.S. cities. Regionerate specializes in working with national funders and regional/community foundations to link economic development and community development agendas. Since 1993, HTI Catalysts has consistently focused on community engagement as a way to provide training, evaluation and program development. HTI Catalysts is serving as the facilitation and community engagement lead for the Westside Education Collaborative’s strategic planning process. Based on other similar, placed-based economic inclusion models, the consultants will conduct a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data analysis to help identify the priority economic needs and appropriate strategies that can improve economic outcomes in: (1) small business entrepreneurism; (2) entrepreneurial cultivation; (3) access to capital; (4) technical assistance; (5) networking opportunities; (6) individual economic empowerment; (7) financial self-sufficiency; (8) financial literacy; (9) workplace skills; and (10) family budgeting.
  • Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club: $15,000 (1-year grant to provide scholarships for English Avenue and Vine City children to attend the summer program at the Salvation Army Bellwood Boys and Girls Club in English Avenue) - For 78 years, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta has been at the forefront of youth development. They have worked with thousands of disadvantaged young people whom other youth-serving organizations have struggled to reach. The Bellwood Club is the only Boys and Girls club in the heart of the priority Westside neighborhoods. This grant would provide scholarships for up to 100 English Avenue and Vine City youth to attend the Bellwood Club Summer Program in English Avenue. Westside youth experience the unfortunate academic phenomena known as “summer melt” where children can fall behind in academic skills over the summer months. This challenge highlights the critical need for Westside summer programming with a strong academic component. The Bellwood Club’s summer program directly addresses this academic need. Their program is open to children and youth (6-18 years of age) that live within the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods.
  • Street Smart Youth Project Inc.: $50,000 (1-year grant to provide evidenced based interventions to at least 325 at-risk Westside youth to reduce health disparities related to HIV/AIDS, STDs and teen pregnancy) - Founded in 2003, Street Smart Youth Project (SSYP) was launched as a community program to provide safe spaces for Atlanta youth and in 2008, SSYP opened its doors in English Avenue. Through this grant, SSYP will increase its HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention services for at least 325 Westside youth.  This project focuses on at-risk African American youth and young adults who have traditionally been the hardest to reach, such as those who are under-resourced, homeless, substance abusing or LGBTQ. SSYP will recruit students from Brown Middle School, Washington High School and BEST Academy to participate in evidence-based programs for HIV, STDs, pregnancy and substance abuse prevention through “Focus on Youth” and “Becoming a Responsible Teen” programs.
  • The Mission Continues: $40,000 (1-year grant to start a veteran service platoon housed in the Westside to support neighborhood-driven activities and services in Vine City and English Avenue) - Founded in 2007, The Mission Continues (TMC) brings together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country. With this grant, TMC will start the Westside Atlanta 1st Service Platoon with Quest Communities in Vine City. The platoon team leader and veteran volunteers will engage the residents of the Quest Veterans Village, and residents more broadly, to identify specific community needs and take direct actions to improve the neighborhood. 
  • Trust for Public Lands: $700,000 (1-year grant to work with the residents, City of Atlanta, consultants and park designers on the development of Mims Park) - Founded in 1972, The Trust of Public Land’s (“TPL”) mission is to create parks and preserve land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. The Georgia/Alabama office was established in 1991 and has enabled more than 200,000 Georgians to be in walking distance of a greenspace, trail or park and has preserved over 17,000 acres of land along the Chattahoochee River for public use. This grant would fund TPL’s execution of Phase One plans for Mims Park in Vine City, which includes: the planning, design and community outreach on park amenities; acquiring land to add more parcels to the park site; hiring a park design consultant; and retaining a fundraising consultant who can develop a capital campaign for park construction. Phase One also includes work by the City of Atlanta to remediate contaminated sites on the property and the construction of the storm water infrastructure ponds by the City of Atlanta. 
  • Westside Future Fund: $250,000 (3-year grant for the operations and program development work of the Westside Future Fund, Inc.) -The Westside Future Fund (WFF), was created in 2014 by the City of Atlanta and the corporate and philanthropic community to help steer adequate and sustained redevelopment resources to the Westside neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, Castleberry Hill, Ashview Heights and the Atlanta University Center.  By being the “community quarterback,” the WFF aims to change the lives of Westside residents by coalescing and directing large scale corporate and philanthropic resources to help implement programming that can promote positive redevelopment in the Westside. This 3-year grant provides operational and program development support. 
  • Westside Roots: $200,000 (1-year grant to provide Westside homeowners in English Avenue, Vine City and Castleberry Hill with targeted home repair and legal services) – The Westside Roots Home Repair, Rehabilitation and Stabilization program was launched in 2016 in partnership with Invest Atlanta and The Home Depot Foundation.  Westside Roots focuses on providing homeowners who have lived in the neighborhoods for at least three years with targeted home repair and legal services. The legal services will help homeowners with issues with fractured property title, lack of legal wills, and homestead property tax exemptions. The home repair services will include emergency repair assistance and code enforcement repairs, energy efficient improvements, mold-asbestos remediation, and deferred maintenance/home beautification improvements.
  • WonderRoot: $80,750 (1-yuear grant to produce two Westside community-driven murals through the practice of creative place-making in partnership with Philadelphia Mural Arts. Founded in 2004, WonderRoot works to improve the cultural and social landscape of Atlanta through creative initiatives and community partnerships. The anchor of the organization is the WonderRoot Community Arts Center, and future WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change—a full-service facility that supports artists, offers public programming, and brings diverse voices together to envision and activate a stronger Atlanta. WonderRoot’s mission is to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change.
  • 2016 Internal DIE Total Cost: $212,983 (examples of these costs include: Westside Works facilities maintenance and operations, utilities, meetings, repairs and maintenance, and communications)

2015

  • 21st Century Science Technology Engineering and Math Foundation: $50,000 (1-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - The 21st Century Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Foundation inspires, engages and educates Westside youth through innovative programs, training and activities to create future leaders in STEM related careers. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity: $25,000 (1-year grant to assist with home improvements for Westside homeowners) - Founded in 1983, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with working families, sponsors, and communities to build affordable, green, quality homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partnered with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation on the Blank Family of Businesses’ 2015 Community Day, in which 100 volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses completed five Atlanta Habitat Brush with Kindness projects in English Avenue.
  • Atlanta Public Schools: $62,535 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to provide Atlanta Public Schools (APS) with consulting services in the Washington Cluster) - Started in 1872, Atlanta Public Schools is a school district with an active enrollment of 54,956 students, attending a total of 103 school sites, including six schools in the Washington cluster. APS will be using the DIE to provide consulting services in the Washington Cluster for facilitation and cluster master plan development; and for APS staff to conduct site visits to learn about best practice "reform models."
  • Center for Civic Innovation (CCI): $145,000 (1-year grant to launch Westside Social Enterprise Civic Innovation Lab) - CCI is a community-driven research and development lab for local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. Founded in 2014, its mission is to find, test, and invest in outcome-driven solutions to local social challenges. CCI supports and invests in people and organizations that are already on the ground with products or services that make the public sector more effective, innovative, and participatory. The organization hosts programs for community based social entrepreneurs at all stages, but focuses its investments on early stage, untested projects. CCI is using its grant funds to launch a social enterprise civic innovation program focused on addressing the key neighborhood opportunities and challenges identified by the Westside community. The premise of this civic innovation program is that there are many social entrepreneurs in the Westside (and more broadly) who are interested in both tackling the Westside’s toughest issues (e.g., blight), as well as harnessing some of the community’s greatest, but underleveraged assets (e.g., rich civil rights history).
  • The Conservation Fund: $50,000 (1-year grant to purchase and install playground equipment in English Avenue’s Lindsay Street Park) - Since 1985, The Conservation Fund and its partners have demonstrated balanced conservation solutions that emphasize the integration of economic and environmental goals. Through land acquisition, community and economic development, training and education, The Conservation Fund, along with many community partners, are creating Lindsay Street Park, the first park in English Avenue. This community driven project involved extensive fundraising, visioning, construction, and local youth employment. The Conservation Fund was provided a grant to complete the purchase and installation of playground equipment Partnering with Park Pride and Greening Youth Foundation, Conservation Fund provided a training program to residents in construction, masonry, green infrastructure, and invasive species removal. The recruits were paid to build the first park for their community, gaining valuable work skills and much needed temporary employment.
  • Construction Education Foundation of Georgia: $140,000 (1-year grant to provide general construction and commercial truck driving training and job placement at Westside Works) - Founded in 1993, CEFGA serves as a fierce advocate for the construction industry and provides an array of services/trainings that promote the construction sector and build up the skill sets of current and aspiring construction professionals and workers across Georgia. CEFGA will be providing general construction and commercial truck driving training and job placement for Westside neighborhood residents at Westside Works. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Construction Education Foundation of Georgia: $406,272 (1-year grant to serve as the facility operator at Westside Works) - Founded in 1993, CEFGA serves as a fierce advocate for the construction industry and provides an array of services/trainings that promote the construction sector and build up the skill sets of current and aspiring construction professionals and workers across Georgia.  CEFGA will be serving as the facility operator of Westside Works. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Georgia Appleseed: $140,000 (1-year grant to provide Westside residents with pro-bono housing legal services that enable them to remain housing stable and access financial assistance) - The mission of Georgia Appleseed is to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform. Georgia Appleseed connects top private practice lawyers, corporate counsel, law schools, civic leaders, and other professionals throughout Georgia to tackle difficult social problems at their root causes. Georgia Appleseed will be providing Westside residents (primarily senior citizens and other long-time homeowners) with pro-bono housing legal services that enable them to remain housing stable and access financial assistance.
  • Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and Community Build Ventures: $60,000 (1-year grant to support the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program Community Group Neighbor-to-Neighbor Small Grants) - Started over 20 years ago, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ (GCN) mission is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. GCN is managing and operating Westside Momentum, a capacity building program focused on strengthening and building Westside-based nonprofits. GCN has partnered with Community Build Ventures to provide additional training and coaching to help key Westside-based organizations increase their impact in the neighborhoods. GCN and Community Build Ventures are running a small grants program open to certain participants. The first small grants were provided in April 2016 to three groups.
    • Historic Westside Gardens (HWG) GLEN Project: $10,000 (The Gardener’s Links to Empower Neighborhood project (GLEN Project) is a community-wide food and farming project in Vine City and English Avenue. The project will provide groups of families within walking distance of one another to grow food in their backyards/ apartment/apartment complex and form a Food Cluster. Each Food Cluster has a GLENvestor, a resident of Vine City /English Avenue who is trained by a HWG community farming coach and supports the home growers and organizes the Food Cluster.)
    • Sisters Action Team Project ENACT: $10,000 (Sisters Action Team is identifying and working with ten resident community health consultants who are receiving training from the Morehouse School of Medicine on home and social intervention to promote whole family wellness. The residents are being paid a stipend to attend the training. The community health consultants will operate on a part-time basis to implement PROJECT ENACT.)
    • Walking Through the Vine Youth Health Fair: $3,750 (Walking Through the Vine is engaging local vendors, nonprofits and neighborhood associations to participate in youth health fair. The fair will focus on educating families and residents on healthy lifestyle choices and healthcare resources in and around the neighborhood; and, build connections between neighbors and community residents.)

    Health Education Assessment and Leadership (HEAL), Inc. at Neighborhood Union Health Clinic: $27,500 (1-yr grant to provide outreach services to Westside residents about the new health services at Neighborhood Union Health Clinic) - Founded in 2007, HEAL is a health nonprofit that provides health education and medical services to at-risk or underserved populations in Atlanta. HEAL has a demonstrated track record of success for meeting the needs of underserved populations on a sliding scale, and taking care of residents without the promise of payment. In 2015, HEAL is bringing its community based health clinic model to the historic Neighborhood Union in Vine City. With HEAL as the new service provider at Neighborhood Union, the Westside now will have a facility that provides high quality community centered care. HEAL focuses its system of care on developing relationships with patients. The clinic will provide primary and specialty care, such as dental services. HEAL received a grant to hire residents to provide direct outreach and communication to the Westside neighborhoods. Community acceptance and participation is vital to help improve health outcomes in the community.

  • Integrity Transformations CDC: $210,000 (1-year grant to provide employment supportive services at Westside Works) - Founded in 1995, Integrity is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to transforming the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods through advocacy, leveraging of resources, community organizing and direct services that will stimulate holistic community development. Integrity will be providing critical supportive services at Westside Works. These include: scheduling and facilitating orientation; verifying documentation and residency; performing needs, skills, career aptitude, and criminal background assessments; and providing case management and post-placement support. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Integrity Transformations CDC: $150,000 (3-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - Founded in 1995, Integrity is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to transforming the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods through advocacy, leveraging of resources, community organizing and direct services that will stimulate holistic community development. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • Literacy Action: $51,982 (1-year grant to provide adult education through Westside Works in literacy and numeracy skills) - Literacy Action, Inc. has been teaching basic literacy skills to adults for more than 44 years and currently stands as the largest community- based adult literacy agency in Georgia. Literacy Action will provide literacy training for residents who are entering one of Westside Works’ hard-skill training tracks (i.e., construction, culinary, auto tech, and healthcare). Literacy Action gives the residents the skills to succeed in Westside Works programs through basic adult education and literacy classes. Westside Works connects residents with jobs, helps residents keep their jobs, and gain access to better paying jobs in the future. Over the last 12 months, the literacy education program has enrolled 207 residents and 49 have moved onto at least one of the hard skill training tracks.
  • The Mosaic Group: $75,000 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to provide health consulting services for the development of a comprehensive Westside health strategy) - Started in 2003, The Mosaic Group has become a nationally recognized management consulting firm with expertise in strategy development across business, public health and human service sectors. The Mosaic Group will be providing the Westside Health Collaborative with consulting services for facilitation, stakeholder outreach, and the development of a comprehensive Westside health strategy.
  • People Partnering for Progress: $25,000 (1-year grant to provide Fulton County Jail with APD’s highly successful gang intelligence IT platform) - As the District Attorney's Office's foundation, People Partnering for Progress (PPP) strives to support its community-oriented activities.  People Partnering for Progress will be supporting the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office's decision to join APD’s highly successful gang IT platform for the purpose of increasing gang statute convictions, as well as reducing the number of violent repeat offenders.
  • Per Scholas: $150,000 (1-year grant to provide IT training and job placement at Westside Works) - Founded in 1995 as a neighborhood-based nonprofit to increase access to personal computers, Per Scholas was an early pioneer in bridging the digital divide for families and children in the South Bronx — the nation’s poorest Congressional District.  Now, continuing this formative work, Per Scholas operates the largest and oldest professional IT workforce development program in New York City, a series of free, multi-week professional IT job training courses and career development and placement services. Per Scholas will provide IT hardware and software training and job placement services for Westside residents at Westside Works. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Phoenix Boys Association: $75,000 (2-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - Founded in 1991, Phoenix Boys Association is a youth development nonprofit that serves boys and young men of color at risk, ages 6 to 21, living in areas of concentrated poverty on the Westside. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • Project for Public Spaces: $28,000 (1-year grant to identify up to three place-making opportunities in the English Avenue, Vine City, and Castleberry Hill neighborhoods) - Founded in 1975, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization that creates and sustains public spaces that serve as transformational spaces that build stronger communities. PPS will be conducting a Westside site assessment and identify up to three areas that would be ripe for community engagement and informed place-making in the targeted Westside neighborhoods.
  • Quest Community Development Organization, Inc.: $250,000 (1-year grant for operational support, and up to $1,000,000 PRI for land assemblage and acquisition for Westside affordable housing) - Started over 14 years ago, Quest Community Development Corporation (“Quest”) is a nonprofit whose mission is to develop and implement affordable and supportive housing programs that serve special needs and lower income populations. Quest is committed to promoting positive community change on the Westside and investing in the community’s human capital.  Under this grant and PRI, Quest in collaboration with Invest Atlanta, is acquiring properties in the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods to reduce blight, crime, help stabilize existing home owners, and help develop quality affordable housing units. 
  • Raising Expectations: $150,000 (3-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - Raising Expectations, based on the Westside since 2004, educates, engages and empowers youth with a unique mentoring and tutoring program designed to bring out the very best they have to offer academically, socially and culturally. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • Silverman Construction Management: $66,293 (1-year direct initiative expenditure to provide Westside Works with construction management services to assist with Westside Works’ temporary relocation) - Established in 1995, Silverman Construction Program Management, Inc. focuses primarily on assisting non-profit and community organizations navigate the complexities of their construction programs. Silverman is assisting Westside Works with construction management services for its temporary re-location.
  • Vine City Civic Association: $75,000 (3-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - Vine City Civic Association’s mission is to develop and coordinate the social and civic planning and programs that promote livability and stability in the Vine City neighborhood. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • West Atlanta Watershed Alliance: $150,000 (3-year grant to support participation in the Westside Momentum Capacity Building Program, operated by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) - West Atlanta Watershed Alliance is an environmental justice nonprofit established as a result of community efforts to halt discriminatory wastewater treatment practices in West Atlanta, and the organization has grown to become a force for community centered sustainable development in the Westside communities. Westside Momentum is a capacity building program intended to strengthen the sustainability and increase the impact of Westside nonprofits through targeted training, mentoring, coaching, and financial support.
  • 2015 Internal DIE Total Cost: $411,217 (examples of these costs include: Westside Works facilities maintenance and operations, utilities, meetings, repairs and maintenance, BFOB Community Day activities, and communications)

2014

  • APD Urban Planning and Management: $355,720 (1-year DIE to provide real estate and land use planning services to address issue of blighted properties on the Westside) - APD Urban has been working on the Westside revitalization initiative since 2013 with its work for Invest Atlanta on the Westside TAD Strategic Implementation Plan. APD Urban is under contract with the Foundation to facilitate the acquisition and redevelopment of strategic blighted properties in the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods. The Foundation is assisting with the soft costs associated with this important work and Invest Atlanta is providing acquisition funds.
  • City of Refuge: $115,000 (1-year grant to provide auto technician training and job placement services to Westside residents) - The City of Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the Westside community. The City of Refuge will be providing auto technician training and job placement for Westside neighborhood residents, working in partnership with Westside Works. Westside Works' mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Construction Education Foundation of Georgia: $356,400 (1-year grant to serve as the facility operator at Westside Works) - Founded in 1993, CEFGA serves as a fierce advocate for the construction industry and provides an array of services/trainings that promote the construction sector and build up the skill sets of current and aspiring construction professionals and workers across Georgia. CEFGA will be serving as the facility operator of Westside Works. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Construction Education Foundation of Georgia: $141,372 (1-year grant to provide construction training and job placement at Westside Works) - Founded in 1993, CEFGA serves as a fierce advocate for the construction industry and provides an array of services/trainings that promote the construction sector and build up the skill sets of current and aspiring construction professionals and workers across Georgia. CEFGA will be providing construction training and job placement for Westside neighborhood residents at Westside Works. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Fulton County Sheriff Reserve: $25,000 (1-year grant to provide Fulton County Jail with APD’s highly successful gang intelligence IT platform) - The Fulton County Sheriff Reserve was established to support the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Reserve Unit and community. The organization is based on a public-private partnership model that has proven to be highly effective in preventing and reducing crime, assisting with community activities and supporting an all-volunteer reserve unit. The Fulton County Sheriff Reserve will be supporting the Fulton County Jail’s decision to join APD’s highly successful gang IT platform for the purpose of increasing gang statute convictions, as well as reducing the number of violent repeat offenders.
  • Georgia Center for Nonprofits: $405,000 (3-year grant to manage and operate Westside Momentum, the WNPF’s capacity building program) - Started over 20 years ago, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ (GCN) mission is to build thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed through a mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools. GCN will be managing and operating Westside Momentum, the WNPF’s capacity building program focused on strengthening and building Westside-based nonprofits.
  • Integrity Transformations CDC: $190,220 (1-year grant to provide employment supportive services at Westside Works) - Founded in 1995, Integrity is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to transforming the English Avenue and Vine City neighborhoods through advocacy, leveraging of resources, community organizing and direct services that will stimulate holistic community development. Integrity will be providing critical supportive services at Westside Works. These include: scheduling and facilitating orientation; verifying documentation and residency; performing needs, skills, career aptitude, and criminal background assessments; and providing case management and post-placement support. Westside Works’ mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • KIPP Metro Atlanta: $225,000 (2-year grant to provide Westside students with high quality educational opportunities) - KIPP Metro Atlanta (“KIPP”) is a public charter school organization that seeks to address the achievement gap driven by the inequality in educational options for children in low-income communities versus their more affluent peers.  KIPP Ways will be providing a high quality college-preparatory educational option to elementary and middle school students in the targeted Westside neighborhoods.
  • Literacy Action, Inc.: $26,854 (1-year grant to provide basic adult education/literacy classes at Westside Works) - Literacy Action, Inc. has been teaching basic literacy skills to adults for more than 44 years and currently stands as the largest community-based adult literacy agency in Georgia. The mission of Literacy Action is to provide high quality, sustainable literacy programs that break the cycle of intergenerational low literacy and empower students to reach their highest potential and propel them to self-sufficiency. Literacy Action will be providing tailored basic adult education classes to neighborhoods residents at Westside Works. Westside Works' mission is to create employment opportunities and foster job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.
  • Phoenix Boys Association: $55,000 (1-year grant to provide youth development and mentoring services to at-risk youth on the Westside) - Founded in 1991, Phoenix Boys Association serves boys and young men of color at risk, ages 6 to 21, living in areas of concentrated poverty on the Westside. The organization engages young people in organized outdoor activities that include camping, hiking and swimming, along with mentoring and critical health services. WNPF funds support will support both general operations, as well as the organization’s three Westside chapters, including its chapter based at Antioch Baptist Church.
  • Raising Expectations: $20,000 (1-year grant to provide after-school programming services to Westside students) - Raising Expectations, based on the Westside since 2004, educates, engages and empowers youth with a unique mentoring and tutoring program designed to bring out the very best they have to offer academically, socially and culturally. Raising Expectations will be providing Westside students, from elementary to high school, with a broad array of afterschool program activities, including academic tutoring, mentoring, personal enrichment activities, and home visits.
  • WNPF Inaugural Sponsorships: $2,500
    • Higher Ground: $1,000 (to sponsor "A Turkey for Thanksgiving")
    • Street Smart Youth Project: $500 (to sponsor the third annual Rally for Prevention and Recovery in English Avenue)
    • Walking Through the Vine: $1,000 (to sponsor the Tree Lighting Celebration)
  • 2014 Internal DIE Total Cost: $178,333 (examples of these costs include: Westside Works facilities maintenance and operations, utilities, meetings, repairs and maintenance, and communications)

 

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