Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation Grants Program
Grants to Metro Atlanta, Georgia Nonprofits for Education, Child Welfare, Health, and Human Services
Foundation / Corporation
Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
Grants to Metro Atlanta, Georgia nonprofits for projects that improve life for residents, especially children. The Foundation encourages you to submit an informal inquiry to determine if you should apply for a grant. Areas of focus include: early childhood education for children from birth through five, K - 12 education at the state level and within Atlanta Public Schools, helping children and youth in need, strengthening child welfare, reducing homelessness in the metro Atlanta area, and offering improved health services, particularly for children.
Grants are typically awarded for capital needs, programs or other initiatives of well-established charitable organizations in the following program areas:
Early Childhood Education
- United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Smart Start initiative, with a focus on school readiness, professional development for teachers and quality improvements to childcare centers
- Implementation of the state’s Quality Rated system
- Initiatives focused on early language and literacy to ensure children are reading on grade level by third grade
- Systemic improvements to public K-12 education in Georgia
- Initiatives to improve K-12 education within Atlanta Public Schools
- Strategies to help Atlanta Public Schools students graduate and successfully pursue and complete post-secondary education
Children and Youth
- Improvements in child welfare at the state level, with an emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies
- Organizations providing personal development, academic support and recreational programs for children and youth
- Initiatives of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness to reduce homelessness in metro Atlanta
- Programs providing job training and employment services
- Access to affordable healthcare for underserved populations in Atlanta
- Improved health outcomes for Atlanta’s children
Successful grant applicant share these characteristics:
- Strong executive and volunteer leadership
- Track record of sustainable operations
- Broad base of financial support
- Proven program effectiveness
The Foundation’s grantmaking is limited to organizations located and operating in metro Atlanta, as defined by the United Way of Greater Atlanta to include Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. Organizations outside the 13-county metro area will not be considered.
Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it:
- Is a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Is located or operating in metro Atlanta, as defined by the United Way of Greater Atlanta to include Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties
- Aligns with the Foundation’s program interests in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Education, Children and Youth, Human Services or Health
- Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
- Organizations without a presence in metro Atlanta
- Churches of their denominational programs
- Debt relief
- Festivals, performances or exhibits
- Films or documentaries
- Fundraising events
- Individual public schools
- Individual research products
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities
- Professional associations
- Private schools
- Sponsorships or special events
- Startup organizations or seed funding
The Foundation accepts grant proposals on a rolling basis.
February 1: Proposals received by February 1 will be considered at the April meeting of the Board of Trustees.
September 1: Proposals received by September 1 will be considered at the November meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Before you apply, review the program interests here:
The Foundation encourages you to submit an informal inquiry to determine if you should apply for a grant. If you are unsure about your request call the Grants Program Director, Lizzy Smith.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit an informal inquiry contact:
Grants Program Director
Send application and attachments to the attention of P. Russell Hardin, President, at Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, 191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3540, Atlanta, GA 30303.
If you have questions about the grants programs or how to apply for a grant, please contact:
Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
191 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Butts, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties
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