This summer, The Coca-Cola Foundation will fund up to $50,000 in grants for empowerment programs benefiting women and girls in communities closest to home, right in Atlanta.

The Foundation has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) micro-grant process for organizations in Atlanta's Westside.

The neighborhoods that make up Westside—Atlanta University Center, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and Vine City—hold a cultural and historical significance to Atlanta, but have lost vitality over recent decades. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 50 percent of the area’s residents live below the poverty line, and nearly 20 percent are unemployed.

The Foundation will select one or more programs in Westside that empower women and girls to award grants totaling $50,000 to help strengthen the communities. The Foundation is seeking out programs in the aforementioned neighborhoods that share its vision for investing in individuals and allowing them to succeed.

“We believe in the Westside and are proud to support local organizations helping transform the area into strong, thriving neighborhoods,” said Helen Smith Price, president, The Coca-Cola Foundation.

With this micro-grant request for proposal, the Foundation will provide an opportunity for local Atlanta programs to succeed. The Foundation is looking for a program it does not currently fund that is actively training community individuals for success. Groups will apply for consideration for an award that could go far in helping a grassroots organization in Westside Atlanta develop the skills and abilities of local women and girls in their goals to create the change they want to see around them.

“Women and girls are pillars of the community,” said Price. “And by investing in their success we invest in the success of the community.”

The initiative is designed specifically for programs that are working alongside women and girls to advance their general or financial literacy as well as their personal growth, and are doing so in a way that effectively measures their success. Requests for athletic teams, fitness programs, races or capital campaign support will be considered ineligible. Organizations must have tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. 

Please click here for a complete description of the criteria for this grant opportunity.

To complete an application, please click here and enter Invitation Code CBMG. All grant requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on July 8, 2016.

Grant recipients will be notified of awards by Aug. 1, 2016.