The Blank Foundation gives away more than $24 million in grants

The vast majority of the foundation’s grants going to projects for Atlanta’s westside
Monnica Taylor poses for a portrait at Westside Future Fund headquarters in Atlanta. (Michael Blackshire/

Credit: Michael Blackshire

Credit: Michael Blackshire

Monnica Taylor poses for a portrait at Westside Future Fund headquarters in Atlanta. (Michael Blackshire/

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation announced Thursday it had approved a little more than $24 million in grants to six organizations, the vast majority of which are going towards efforts to revitalize Atlanta’s westside.

The foundation is giving a total of $22.4 million for projects to boost housing affordability and financial access in English Avenue and Vine City, two neighborhoods near Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It is the largest amount of funds the Blank Foundation has dedicated to Atlanta’s westside at one time and now brings its total financial commitment to the neighborhoods to more than $88.5 million since 2007, according to a news release.

Blank, a co-founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, has committed to supporting community development and other initiatives as part of the deal with the city for hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding to support construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In that time, Blank, other civic leaders, companies and community organizations have committed tens of millions of dollars to such areas as workforce, housing and health care efforts for neighborhoods near the stadium. The city and civic organizations also created the nonprofit Westside Future Fund (WFF) to fund and convene organizations to coordinate efforts.

Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank speaks during a press conference unveiling the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi (10)
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New parks and the Beltline’s Westside trail have opened nearby in recent years. But the public and private investments have also spurred real estate speculation that’s driven up property values and rents, squeezing existing residents.

The Blank Foundation is giving WFF the largest grant of any of the six organizations — $10 million — to support its latest fundraising push to build hundreds of affordable housing units. The nonprofit has set a working target to have $50 million to $55 million in philanthropic and public grants committed by the end of 2024. The Blank Foundation grant will specifically go to affordable housing projects in English Avenue and Vine City.

The other Westside beneficiaries are CareerRise, for their program that helps provide workforce training and job opportunities to residents in Vine City and English Avenue, and the Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund, for an initiative to give 200 women in those neighborhoods a guaranteed income for three years. Each organization received $6.2 million.

The foundation also gave three grants to projects not related to Atlanta’s westside. The Capital Good Fund received a $1 million grant for a pilot project focused on helping low- and moderate-income Georgians lower the cost of rooftop solar for their homes. And two Montana-based organizations received a total of $775,000 for youth and workforce development programs.

Last November, the Blank Foundation announced some $2.4 million in grants to organizations on the city’s Westside, including funding to build new affordable homes, provide legal assistance to renters and support for home ownership and workforce development programs.

In January, the foundation gave five grants to Georgia-based mental health organizations.

- Staff writer Kelly Yamanouchi contributed to this report

The Arthur M. Blank Foundation’s September Grants

  • Westside Future Fund (WFF): $10 million
  • CareerRise: $6.2 million
  • Georgia Resilience and Opportunity Fund: $6.2 million
  • Capital Good Fund: $1 million
  • Accelerate Montana: $400,000
  • Reach Higher Montana: $375,000

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