Inspiring Atlanta students, one grant at a time!

Get awarded for up to $20,000 for programs and activities that help area students.

McDonald’s restaurants throughout Greater Atlanta are fueling the imagination, education and growth of area students with Golden Grants, a local program that supports individuals, educators, programs and organizations serving students grades K–12.

Grants will be awarded in the following amounts based on creativity and hands-on application of projects:

  • One grant awarded in the amount of $20,000
  • One grant awarded in the amount of $10,000
  • Ten grants awarded in the amount of $1,000
  • Total: $40,000

Qualifying activities include the following, as long as need is demonstrated:

  • Arts activities
  • Education initiatives
  • Mentorship and empowerment programs
  • After-school programs
  • Community service
  • Sports activities
  • Technology
  • COVID-19 relief-related efforts

Interested teachers can apply for a 2022 grant by choosing a county from the drop-down menu and completing the application. Only one application per program/initiative/organization will be accepted.

Click here for eligibility requirements.

Applications Open: Saturday, October 1, 2022
One application per program/initiative/organization will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2022

Winner Announcement: December 2022

Click here for the list of 2020 winners.


First and foremost, we want to thank you for the hard work, dedication to teach our next generation of leaders, and your participation in our 2021 Golden Grants.

Here is the timeline for our next steps:

    • January: Judges will review all entries.
    • February 1: We will email all the winners.
    • February 14: Winners ceremony.

Winner Announcement: February 2022

Click here for the list of 2020 winners.


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All applicants will be notified via email in December of 2022. If selected, the applicant might be asked to submit additional information. Failing to provide additional information could result in program disqualification. Please only submit once.

Contact: for more information.

Click here to see last year’s Golden Grants recipients.


We thank you for your hard work and dedication to teaching our next generation of leaders and submitting your program for our 2022 Golden Grants. We wish you the best of luck!

Our judges will be reviewing all applications and selecting winners in November.

Educators selected as Golden Grants recipients will be notified at the beginning of December, with additional details on ceremonies to celebrate the winners!