The Atlanta Reimagining and Innovating for Schools Everywhere (A.R.I.S.E.) Fund is a two-year $300,000 fund to drive community efforts to support the Atlanta Board of Education’s goal of increasing student literacy outcomes for Atlanta Public Schools students. The grant criteria, application, issue area of focus, and community of impact were developed and selected by community members participating in the inaugural A.R.I.S.E. Fellowship.

Key Information

  • The ARISE Fund is open from Tuesday, September 20, 2022 – Monday, October 31, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
  • The fund is open to 501(c)(3) non-profits and prioritizes consideration for applicants actively serving in the Douglass Cluster; 501(c)(3) non-profits serving in the Atlanta Public Schools district are also encouraged to apply.
    • Organizations with fiscal sponsors may also apply.
    • This grant is not available to schools.
  • Applicants’ grant proposals should aim to advance equity by focusing on students furthest from opportunity.
  • Applicants’ grant proposals should address improving literacy skills for Atlanta Public Schools students in grades K-12.
  • The $300,000 fund applies to grant years January 2023 -December 2023 and January 2024 –  December 2024.
    • For 2023, the grant fund is $200,000. We will award a maximum of ten grants of up to $50,000 for 2023
    • For 2024, the grant fund is $100,000. We will award a maximum of ten grants of up to $25,000 for 2024.

Application Supporting Documents

ARISE Grant Applications Scorecard
(This is how the ARISE Fellows will consider each application.)

Program Budget Template
(This template can be used to outline the program budget for applicant’s proposals.) 

Atlanta Public Schools 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Atlanta Board of Education Goals 

Atlanta Board of Education Guardrails


RedefinED atlanta prioritizes work that addresses the systems that have historically oppressed Black, Latinx, and under-resourced communities, anchoring our efforts in education. We know systemic racial inequities persist as significant barriers to a thriving Atlanta. We believe that community members’ knowledge, experiences, and strengths are essential in changing it for the better. We committed to adopting participatory grantmaking practices in our 2020-2025 strategic plan. The A.R.I.S.E. Fund is our inaugural participatory fund. A.R.I.S.E. fellows will determine grantee selection and funding amounts, informed by community stakeholders, including people from Atlanta Public Schools Douglass Cluster.

Questions? Email Adah Pittman-Delancey, VP, Impact and External Relations, at [email protected].