The Coca-Cola Company and its Foundations are committed to supporting organizations dedicated to women’s empowerment, community building and providing access to educational opportunities that will empower and enable residents in Westside Atlanta.

The Coca-Cola Foundation is soliciting proposals from local, grassroots organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, that empower women and girls  through education, general and financial literacy training and skills building in the Westside neighborhoods of Atlanta University Center, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and Vine City. The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation have a long tradition of supporting education and capacity building initiatives in the local Atlanta community, and seeks effective partnerships to prioritize programming for residents in this area.

The Westside community neighborhoods, a short distance from The Coca-Cola Company’s global headquarters, represent a historically rich and important area of our hometown city of Atlanta, yet according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 50% of all residents live below the poverty line, and nearly 20% are unemployed. The Coca-Cola Foundation is seeking to provide funding for programs which will equip residents with knowledge and skills to help develop their personal capacity and transform their lives and greater community towards the future.

Scope of Grant

Program submissions must be focused on education and capacity building programs for women and girls in the neighborhoods of Atlanta University Center, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and Vine City in Westside Atlanta.


To be considered for funding, all of the following requirements must be met:

  • Grant requests must be up no more than $50,000
  • Programs must specifically serve the residents of the following neighborhoods: Atlanta University Center, Ashview Heights, English Avenue and Vine City
  • Programming should be focused on women and girls (ages 13-18) empowerment
  • Program should include an element of education, skills training or individual capacity building to transform lives of residents in the community
  • New and existing programs are eligible
  • Program must be completed within 12 to 18 months of grant award
  • Organization must provide proof of experience in relevant past programs
  • Organizations must have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
  • Program success must be indicated by clear and defined measureable results

Required Reporting

  • Number of unique participants and consistency of participation in the program
  • Proposed program timeline
  • Final grant report must include:
    • Educational materials used in program
    • Number of participants starting and completing the program
    • Summary feedback from program participants
    • Details of specific allocation of Coca-Cola Foundation grant funds

Outside of Scope

The Coca-Cola Foundation will not consider funding:

  • Sponsorship of tours or races
  • Sponsorship of organized sport teams
  • Request for capital campaign support
  • Seed funds to start at organization
  • Fitness and Nutrition Programs
  • Programs currently funded by The Coca-Cola Company or The Coca-Cola Foundation

Submission Process

  • Submit a complete application by 11:59 p.m.  Friday, July 8, 2016
  • Additional information and questions relevant to grant selection criteria can be found in the online application
  • Please find The Coca-Cola Foundation application form online here
  • Be sure to include CBMG as reference code on the application
  • Notification to grant recipients will be released by Monday, August 1, 2016