The Choice Atlanta Microgrant Program launched in the summer of 2012. Its mission is to build upon community efforts that improve the physical, social, and economic outcomes of the University Choice Neighborhood (UCN) area and those living within its boundaries. Consistent with the aims of the Neighborhood Transformation Plan (NTP) and the Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant (CNIG), each microgrant can be used to support organizational capacity building, crisis management, urban farming/community gardens, healthy living, early childhood development, financial empowerment/higher education, arts, and small business development. Businesses, non-profit organizations, and civic groups are eligible to apply.
The Microgrant 6.0 program application is now available!
53 Microgrants & $180,061 Awarded
View table below for a list of grant projects completed and closed out in May 2019.
|AWARDEE||PROJECT DESCRIPTION||UCN IMPACTED NEIGHBORHOOD|
|Parent Avengers||Capacity Building for an organization that aims to break the cycle of poverty by connecting parents to resources while on their path to self-sufficiency. The organization also strengthens the partnerships between the schools, communities, and families living on the Westside.||Vine City|
|Preserve Black Atlanta||Expose and celebrate the history of Atlanta University’s lauded founders and faculty by installing a freestanding, life-sized photographic image of more than 30 esteemed faculty members posing before the historic Stone Hall (now Fountain Hall) in 1905.||AUC Neighborhood|
|Trellis Horticultural Therapy||Develop a therapeutic and educational gardening program curriculum and a separate culinary arts program that focuses on engaging youth in the production and preparation of organically grown food. Provide gardening and cooking sessions, create/deliver recipes, and develop a pollinator.||Vine City|
|Young Adult Publishing||Increase the levels of self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy among lower income students – ages 10-14 – through the experience of the book publishing process. Each student (13) will be a published author of a children’s book and will retain residual income that will be placed in a savings account for them until age 18.||Vine City|
|ADLT 101||Facilitate workshops to graduating seniors of Booker T. Washington High School using a custom-developed curriculum focused on a smooth transition to postsecondary life. Share scholarship opportunities (i.e. CN Scholarship) and identify strategies on how to successfully competing for scholarships, grants, and internships.||AUC Neighborhood|
|Atlanta School of Modern Etiquette||Develop the “Food Finder” app to detect local farmers’ markets, their hours of operation, identify in-season foods, recommend healthy food choices, notify user if vendor accepts SNAP and “Georgia Fresh for Less,” and provide other helpful nutrition information.||AUC Neighborhood|
|Black Child Development Institute||Conduct two-hour workshops for educators, staff, and parents of those early childhood learning centers within the UCN boundaries demonstrating how to use the “Get Ready to Read!” screening tool to assess and increase the literacy levels of children ages 3-6.||Vine City|
|Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta||Increase club memberships by recruiting from UCN-supported schools (40 youth). Expose and engage UCN youth to and in programming at the newly, re-imagined Harland Boys & Girls Club: Innovation and Expression Studio – the first arts and expression-based club in Metro Atlanta. Programs focus on visual, performing, media, and culinary arts.||Ashview Heights|
|Doc B C.A.R.E.S.||PEACE LIVES HERE campaign – in pursuit of peace, non-violence conflict resolution, and anti-bullying strategies. Campaign includes a power point presentation, a video of an interactive skit, a PEACE LIVES HERE pledge template, and relevant website postings.||AUC Neighborhood|
|MLK- Ashby Merchants Assoc||Implement a public safety program – MLK W.A.T.C.H: Westside Ambassadors Taking Charge and Helping – with the goal of achieving a 5% reduction in quality of life crimes along the M.L. King, Jr. Drive commercial corridor.||Vine City|
|Morehouse Comm. Revit. Initiative||4th and 5th graders at M. Agnes Jones will work with a genealogist to learn about genealogy, ancestry, and DNA testing. Each student will become his/her own detective/investigator into exploring his/her ancestry. The goal of the project is to provide students with tools to increase self-esteem and self-concept by exploring his/her ancestry.||AUC Neighborhood|