In 2013, upon signing the stadium deal, Arthur Blank made a $15M promise to investing in transformation of the Westside neighborhoods (English Avenue, Vine City and Castleberry Hill) adjacent to the stadium known as the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund. In September of 2017, Arthur Blank, through the family foundation, committed an additional $15 million to the positive transformation efforts taking place in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods. Further, the Foundation has committed an additional $7M to Westside transformation from other Foundation program areas, lifting our total current Westside financial commitment to $37M.
Investments give preference to projects that:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the overall needs of the neighborhoods;
- Accelerate quality-of-life improvements, benefitting children and families;
- Improve the health, education and welfare of residents;
- Address equity, social justice and cultural/historic preservation issues associated with new residential and commercial development; and
- Attract new investment, new jobs and new businesses to the stadium neighborhoods.
As of December 2017, the $15M is fully committed to specific Westside projects and programs, primarily investments in human capital.
WNPF Funds Expended Since 2014, by Category
Visit our investments page to view Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund grants.