2022 Community Reinvestment Grants
The main purpose of the Atlanta Pride Committee, a 501(c)(3) organization, is to advance unity, visibility and wellness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States, through community activities and services. We value social justice, culture, self-esteem, history, health, and wellness as tools for building community and resilience. We know that this work cannot be done without the partnership of other LGBTQ+ serving organizations, and our ongoing Community Reinvestment Grant Fund helps us to identify organizations that provide services and programs that embody our mission. These organizations define the very term "grassroots," they need support, funding, and resources at the source to help elevate the work they provide for the community. In 2015, as the oldest LGBTQ+ organization in Georgia and the largest Pride organization in the Southeast, our goal was to increase our Community Reinvestment from less than two percent (2%) of our budget to seven percent (7%) of the organization's annual budget by 2020. We exceeded the goal in 2019, but the Community Reinvestment Fund went into hiatus in 2020 as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic and turned our support to ongoing partners. Following a return in 2021, we will continue to offer to our community funding priorities with grants for 2022.
Community Reinvestment Grant applications are evaluated by APC members and volunteers in a multi-step process. In the initial review, APC will prioritize organizations that show clarity in mission and vision. After considering how strongly a proposal fits our mission and aligns with our core values, we then evaluate eligible applications according to the following criteria:
Does the organization and project clearly meet the stated criteria? (Organizations that are found to be ineligible will not be considered beyond the eligibility screening.)
Project Fit (25%)
Does the project further the mission of the Atlanta Pride Committee? How will this project build community or improve lives as we move into the next 50 years of the Pride movement?
How will this project promote structural and institutional?change that eliminates long-standing barriers to opportunities and resources for LGBTQ+ people into the next 50 years of the Pride movement?
Does the organization have the resources necessary, sound fiscal management practices, and demonstrated past successes to implement this project? Are members of the communities served represented in the organization's leadership?
Impact - 35%
Who will benefit directly from this project, and what are the longer-term impacts of the project? Will this project address emerging and critical issues?that threaten the safety, livelihood, and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals and families across our region? How will this project reduce disparities and inequities with an emphasis on supporting people who remain most vulnerable and/o invisible?