The Home Depot Foundation Awards Collaborative Innovation Grants to Seven Atlanta Nonprofit Partnerships
Community service projects receive $317,000 in grants as part of Building Community Network with hands-on support from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
(ATLANTA) February 6, 2018 – Continuing their decade-long Building Community Network partnership, the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and The Home Depot Foundation are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grants competition. The Home Depot Foundation is providing a total of $317,000 to seven Atlanta nonprofit partnerships that will further the “greening” of neighborhoods, expand access to no-cost medical equipment, bring free opera performances to the BeltLine, and much more.
The annual Collaborative Innovation Grant program is an invite-only competition for nonprofits in the Building Community Network, led by GCN and The Home Depot Foundation. Two organizations with different focus areas must apply together. Established in 2006, the Network is now Atlanta’s largest and most influential collective of nonprofit leadership, bringing together 200-plus Atlanta-area organizations to support and share high-impact solutions, establish strong bonds between organizations, and equip nonprofits with innovative, multi-purpose tools for tackling entrenched issues.
“Over the past five years, GCN and the Foundation have been dedicated to turning Building Community Network into a focused, collaborative community and catalyst for breakthrough solutions. The Collaborative Innovation Grants program is a novel way to spur working partnerships among its members, and amplify their impact on Metro Atlanta,” said Catherine Villanueva, Manager of The Home Depot Foundation’s Atlanta Giving.
“The winners of the Collaborative Innovation Grants program showcase the innovative thinking that goes into nonprofit work every day, at organizations across the state,” said GCN President and CEO Karen Beavor. “These seven winning projects aren’t just a way to multiply strengths and resources for the benefit of Atlanta communities, but a demonstration of nonprofit resourcefulness that will inspire greater investment in ambitious joint solutions.”
The recipients of the 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grants, and their winning projects, are:
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, in partnership with Goodwill of North Georgia.
The “Expand Recycling and Access to Home Medical Equipment” program will establish multiple new locations for collecting, refurbishing, and storing donated home medical equipment (from canes to hospital beds), creating more opportunity for clients of both organizations.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The “Hospital to Home Support Keeps Children with Disabilities Moving” program ensures children hospitalized for a severe injury or illness can acquire the durable medical equipment they need to recover at home
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, in partnership with The Atlanta Opera.
The “Belting on the BeltLine” program will bring ten months of free performances to open-air locations and schools along the BeltLine, including a 50-minute production of The Magic Flute and a series of “pop-up” mini-performances.
Center for Puppetry Arts, in partnership with Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia.
The “Healthy Choices Puppetry Program for Hispanic Youth” program will bring culturally-specific, health-centered puppetry performances to young audiences, addressing increasing rates of diabetes and sedentary lifestyles among Hispanic/Latino and Black youth.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, in partnership with Trees Atlanta.
The “Green Streets and Clean Streams – Building Streetside Green Infrastructure for Atlanta Communities” program will add to Atlanta’s tree canopy, improve urban stormwater management, and beautify communities with new plantings, engineered soils, and other “green” technologies.
Frazer Center, in partnership with the Atlanta Ballet.
The “Dance and Volunteer Opportunities for People with Disabilities” program will give adults with developmental disabilities the chance to learn dancing from, and volunteer with, professionals from the Atlanta Ballet.
youthSpark, in partnership with Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture.
The “‘Transfarming’ At-Risk Youth who Experience Abuse and Exploitation” program will give 200 young people, referred by Fulton County Juvenile Court, lessons in gardening, nutrition, and entrepreneurship, with horticultural therapy and vocational training for 25 more.
About the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. To learn more about GCN, visit GCN.org, and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter at @GAnonprofits.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is a 501c3 committed to improving the homes and lives of U.S. veterans and their families with a specific focus on combat-wounded, senior and homeless veterans. The Foundation also provides clean-up and rebuilding support for communities affected by natural disasters.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested approximately $227 million in veteran-related projects, part of the foundation’s quarter of a billion-dollar pledge to veteran-related causes by 2020. In partnership with Team Depot, the 400,000-strong army of associate volunteers, the organization has positively impacted more than 37,000 veterans' homes and helped more than 3,800 communities.
To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit homedepot.com/teamdepot and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.