The Atlanta Reimagining and Innovating for Schools Everywhere (A.R.I.S.E.) Fund is our commitment to participatory grantmaking. Community members participating in our nine-month ARISE Fellowship program learn about the levers that drive systemic change for all of Atlanta’s children, including access to funding.

The 2024 ARISE Fund is a one-year $150,000 fund aimed at supporting Atlanta Public Schools’ goal of career and college readiness for middle and high school students within the Carver Cluster. The goal of the investment is to provide wrap-around support that helps students excel academically, leads to student achievement, and global impact at home and beyond. Wrap-around services include: 

  • Summer learning and experiences that develop curiosity, skills, and knowledge (i.e. Work-based learning)
  • Out-of-school/after-school learning (i.e. literacy support, tutoring, discovery, and exploratory project/problem-based learning)
  • SAT/ACT and ASVAB prep and support
  • Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship
  • Mentorship and apprenticeship for college and career (ie. Technical and trade opportunities)

The grant criteria, application, issue area of focus, and community of impact were developed and selected by community members participating in the A.R.I.S.E. Fellowship.

Key Information

  • The ARISE Fund is open from Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, to Wednesday, April 10, 2024, at 11:59 p.m.
  • The $150,000 fund is a one-year grant award for July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. There will be three $50,000 grants awarded.
  • The fund is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and prioritizes consideration for applicants actively serving in the Carver Cluster; 501(c)(3) nonprofits 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 college and career readiness for public school students in the Carver Clusters in grades 6-12.

Application Supporting Documents:


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 adopted participatory grantmaking practices in our 2020-2025 strategic plan. The inaugural A.R.I.S.E. participatory fund launched in 2022. Ten ARISE Fellows in cohort 1 identified literacy development in the Douglass Cluster as the focus of the grant fund. They awarded $300,000 over two years to nine community grantees serving public school students in the Douglass Cluster. Cohort 1 participated in community listening with families and community stakeholders, including people from Atlanta Public Schools Douglass Cluster.

Questions? Email Adah Pittman-Delancey, VP, Community Impact Strategy, at [email protected].