What We Are

The Georgia Cities Foundation was originally established in 1999 by the Georgia Municipal Association as a 501(c)(3) organization.   In December 2010, the Foundation was designated as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the United States Department of the Treasury's CDFI Fund.
In 2008, the Foundation was awarded the Main Street Ally Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Main Street Center.


The mission of the Foundation is to assist cities in their community and economic development efforts to revitalize and enhance underserved downtown areas, by serving as a partner and facilitator in funding capital projects, and by providing training and technical assistance.

What We Do

  • Downtown Financing Programs
  • Heart & Soul Downtown Workshop (with GMA)
  • Georgia Downtown Renaissance Partnership Programs (with GMA & UGA)
  • DDA Basic and Advanced Training (with GMA & UGA)
  • Georgia Placemaking Collaborative (with several partnering organizations)
  • Education & Technical Assistance, including  "The Development  Sessions" and the "Downtown Development Authorities as Developers" webinar series
  • Renaissance & Starr Awards

Funding and Contributions

The Georgia Cities Foundation accepts funds from the contributions of corporations, individuals, and private foundations. To donate to the Georgia Cities Foundation, send your tax-deductible contribution to:
Georgia Cities Foundation
201 Pryor Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303


You can also contribute online at JustGive.org. 
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