By D.J. Roedger
In 2024, the City of Atlanta will once again award a Community Impact Grant to each Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) in Atlanta. While the City hasn’t released the full details of the program for 2024, it will do so in December and should look very similar to 2023’s program.
Community Impact Grants will fund projects up to $5,000 (or $6,500, if NPU-N Executive Committee members meet certain training requirements) and must be for neighborhood enhancement, neighborhood leadership and capacity building, neighborhood awareness or neighborhood development assistance. Past grant projects have included kiosks for Sunken Garden and Lenox-Wildwood Parks in NPU-F; an 18-week filmmaking course for children and a neighborhood film festival in NPU-K; parklets along Highland Avenue and Corley Street in NPU-M; traffic calming on Wylie Street in NPU-N; and a senior lawn care service in NPU-S. Grants require both a specified project manager and a fiscal agent to receive and disburse the funds for the project from the City. Projects must be completed before the end of 2024.
Candler Park Neighborhood Organization, as a member of NPU-N, will select one nominee in January 2024, to proceed to the NPU-N Executive Committee, which will in turn select a single nominee from the entire NPU. For consideration, interested parties will need to submit a detailed written proposal, including who will serve as project manager and as fiscal agent, prior to CPNO’s January board meeting. If selected, a full grant application must be submitted to the City by February 29, 2024. Full details and a link to the application will be available at candlerpark.org once the City has finalized the program for 2024.
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DJ Roedger is CPNO’s External Affairs Officer, former CPNO Zoning Officer, and has lived in Candler Park and worked in Little 5 Points since 2012.