Center for Civic Innovation Update

There are a lot of amazing conversations and events taking place online. Here are a couple on our radar. Know of any other upcoming events we should call out? Email us at

  • Weekly, Tuesdays at 12:00pm: the Wellbeing Project is hosting a weekly WELLbinar series called “Wellbeing for Changemakers” which focuses on self-care for changemakers during these unprecedented times: Register here.
  • Tuesday, July 7 at 8:00pm: The Talk: Race in America tackles the issue of young people of color and their uneasy encounters with law enforcement hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting. Register here
  • Wednesday, July 8 at 5:00pm: General Assembly is hosting Creatives for Black Lives which will feature a panel discussion with leaders who are connecting creative talent with those fighting for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Register here.  
  • Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00pm: Next Generation Men & Women is hosting the Atlanta Education Stakeholder Summit (ESS). This will be a great chance to connect and hear from local students, parents, and amazing education organizations about their thoughts and work leading up to the start of the new school year. RSVP here: RSVP Atlanta Education Stakeholder Summit!
  • Tuesday, July 28 at 10:00am: Atlanta Business Chronicle is hosting a panel discussion on The Future of Higher Education which will focus on how universities in Georgia are seeking to move forward in the midst of COVID-19. Register here.  

Policy Updates:

A full debrief of policy updates from CCI are available here: CCI Policy Updates

  1. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms extended administrative orders related to COVID-19 for another 60 days, issued an Administrative Order to conduct citywide public engagement in policing discussions and reforms, and announced the privately-funded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income pilot program. She also issued orders to provide additional assistance to the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (2020-22) and to create a repository where the public can submit videos of police use of force incidents (2020-23).
  2. The Atlanta City Council is meeting today to, amongst other things, vote on legislation to increase the membership and expand the authority of the Atlanta Citizen Review Board (20-O-1445) and request changes to APD’s standard operating procedures regarding use of force in alignment with the #8CANTWAIT campaign (20-O-1449). However, the Council received over 1,000 public comments in advance of today’s meeting so they will reconvene tomorrow at 10:00AM to finish their agenda.
  3. Dr. Lisa Herring was sworn in as the superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools last week (blog post / video), and tomorrow a special committee meets to discuss the possibility of renaming Grady High School. (notice / news)

NPU Overview:

Tuning in to your NPU meeting is an awesome way to stay connected to what’s happening in your community — this week, Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) A, B, C, E, H, P, and T will meet remotely (see the agendas here). Don’t know your NPU? Find your NPU here! NPUs typically meet in-person on a monthly basis, but many of them have now shifted to meeting virtually.

Do you know about NPU University? Last year the City of Atlanta started a community engagement curriculum to educate, empower, and equip community leaders with training to help solve the challenges neighborhoods face. Check out the course catalog for upcoming classes. And you can watch videos of the previous classes, too.

Active Financial Opportunities:

  • Monday, July 6: The Metro Atlanta Chamber and the CareSource Foundation have teamed up for the RESTORE ATL Fund for small & medium sized black-owned businesses in the metro Atlanta area who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

  • Wednesday, July 15: Buy from a Black Woman has created the Black Women Relief Fund to provide resources to black women business owners who have been impacted by COVID-19.

  • Rolling Submission: SoftBank Group announced a $100 million venture fund for Latinx, Black and Native American entrepreneurs who are “at the seed, venture, and growth stages that use technology to reimagine traditional business models and create new ones”.

  • Rolling Submission until September 25: Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. $10,000 COVID-19 Business for All Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. General Business for All Grant applications are due September 25.

  • Rolling Submission: Atlanta Artist Relief Fund is delivering free home-cooked, nutritious meals to the doorsteps of artists who are unable to leave their home or out of work.

Additional Resources and Opportunities:

  • Georgia Small Business/Nonprofit COVID-19 Remote Pro Bono Clinic is providing free consultations:

Click here to see the resources and opportunities we shared last week – June 29, 2020. If there are additional resources or opportunities we should add, please email us at Center for Civic Innovation created a relief fund for Atlanta-based civic entrepreneurs and organizations. 100% of this fund will support the work of people and organizations affected by COVID-19:

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