Application Procedures

Before May 1 of the year, submit a thorough request outlining the project or proposal.  The letter should be limited to three pages and include the following:

  • Legal name of organization, office and mailing address, phone number and email address of applicant contact person.
  • Date of establishment and brief history.
  • Purpose and goals of the grant; identification of partners and collaborators.
  • Specific amount of grant requested with itemized budget information, sources of support and plans for sustainability.
  • Identification of individuals administering the project.
  • Measurable outcomes and time frame for use of the grant.

In addition to the 3-page proposal, please include a copy of the organization’s 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.

The Foundation adheres to two deadlines for applications:

  • Proposals submitted by May 1 will receive a response either asking for additional information, or notice that the proposal will continue to be considered along with others, or notice that the proposal is declined.
  • Proposals submitted by August 1 will receive a response, but will not have the opportunity to submit additional information prior to board consideration.

Organizations will receive notice of grant award or decline in September.

The Foundation’s grants most often range in size from $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000 and are expected to be used in the ensuing calendar year.  Grantees are expected to submit a closing report detailing measurable outcomes, progress on achieving goals and plans for sustainability of the grant within one year after the date of the award, or soon after the funds are used.

Please submit proposal by mail to the Foundation’s office address (click here for address).

It is strongly recommended that grant applicants submit the initial proposal no later than May 1 so the Proposal Evaluation Committee can request additional information if necessary before the August 1 deadline for final submissions.

The Foundation is aware of the impact the COVID-19 virus is having within each of our communities. The effects are far-reaching, and especially so for the nonprofit organizations serving on the frontlines and seeing to the needs of the most vulnerable Georgians.

The Foundation will focus the majority of its grantmaking for 2020 on addressing the urgent needs for health and health-related services during this pandemic. The Foundation has already awarded several grants to address immediate priorities, and will continue to award Foundation-directed grants in the coming months to support needed services in Georgia, based on the Foundation’s capacity.

The Foundation continues to accept proposals for the May 1 deadline and recognizes that all requests are timely and warranted. We welcome proposals that are directly related to addressing the impact of the pandemic as well as those that address broader health needs. However, the Directors ask all applicants to understand if priority is given to more urgent needs at this time.