Program Overview

WE BELIEVE … that catalytic, positive neighborhood transformation of Atlanta’s historic Westside communities is possible through strategic funding investments, leveraging additional resources to the Westside, building community and political will to address systemic issues of poverty and disinvestment, and ensuring that neighborhood transformation benefits all, especially long-time residents.

Our collective vision is grounded in the history of the Westside and the aspirations of its long-standing residents, while also embracing how Atlanta is changing and evolving.

Investment Strategy

 

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.

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.

Since 2013, more than $12M of the $15M has been committed to specific Westside projects and programs, primarily investments in human capital. Further, the Foundation has committed an additional $7M to Westside transformation from other Foundation program areas, lifting our total current Westside financial commitment to $22M.

The entire $15 million will be transferred no later than December 2017, and the entire Fund will be invested in projects for the communities by December 2020.

Visit our investments page to view Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund grants.

Program Overview

Established in June 2014, Westside Works is a partnership between the Blank Foundation, Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), Integrity Community Development Corporation (Integrity CDC), The Center for Working Families, and Per Scholas. Westside Works is a long-term initiative focused on creating employment opportunities and fostering job success through skills building for residents of Atlanta’s historic Westside communities. Westside Works provides access to the necessary services that foster job success – such as skills assessments, skills training, job readiness preparation, including interviewing. Training is currently offered in construction, nursing, IT and culinary arts.

To date, Westside Works has provided 450 Westside residents with living-wage jobs, earning nearly $12 million in wages for themselves and their families.

To learn more about Westside Works, click here, visit the Facebook page, or Instagram page.