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Lettie Pate Evans Foundation Grants Program

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Schools for Education or Arts and Culture

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Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

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Grants to Georgia nonprofits, IHEs, arts and historical institutions, and private schools for programming in education or arts and culture. It is strongly encouraged to submit an informal inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in the region, promote economic development, and create a more vibrant community. The primary geographic area of these grants is Georgia, with a focus on metropolitan Atlanta. Occasional grants are made to institutions in Virginia that were supported by Mrs. Evans during her life.

Education grants focus on higher education, health education, and select independent schools. Educational Priorities include:
- Development of the pediatric residency program conducted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine into the best in the nation
- Institutional projects of Georgia’s private colleges and universities

Arts and Culture
In general, the Foundation makes capital and capacity-building grants to arts and cultural organizations with significant audiences, strong leadership, and sound financial operations. The Foundation funds historical societies, preservation, museums, and performing arts organizations. Priorities include:
- Major Atlanta arts and cultural institutions
- Support of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund’s grant-making for small to mid-sized arts organizations
- Arts and cultural institutions outside of Atlanta that promote community development in Georgia’s cities

The Foundation seeks to help organizations with a proven track record of success stretch further to seize new opportunities or to meet extraordinary needs.

Successful grant applicants share these characteristics:
- Strong executive and volunteer leadership
- Track record of sustainable operations
- Broad base of financial support
- Proven program effectiveness

Generally, the Foundation prefers not to be the only funder for a project, but to participate with the community in supporting initiatives led by others. The Foundation will occasionally make leading grants when the need is great and the initiative is compelling.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177221

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on grants awarded in 2015:
Educational grants: between $250,000 - $4,000,000
Arts and Culture grants: between $75,000 - $2,500,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it:
- Is a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Is located or operating in Georgia
- Is a Virginia institution that received support from Mrs. Evans during her life

For Education, eligible applicants include:
- Select SACS-accredited private schools in Atlanta with open admissions, respected academic programs, stable enrollments and sound finances
- IHEs

For Arts and Culture, eligible applicants include:
-Historical societies
-Performing arts organizations

Ineligible Requests:
- Acquisition of works of art
- Annual operating support of Arts Institutions
- Conferences
- Debt relief
- Endowments
- Festivals, performances or exhibits
- Films or documentaries
- Fundraising events
- Individuals
- Loans
- Professional associations
- Public schools
- Research
- Sponsorships or special events
- Startup organizations or seed funding

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to submit an informal inquiry to to determine if you should apply for a grant. If you are unsure whether or not your request is a fit for funding, you may call Grants Program Director Lizzy Smith.

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Link to Guidelines:

Because the Evans Foundation shares an office and staff with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, your request may also be considered by one of these foundations. You do not need to submit separate grant proposals to these foundations.

The Foundation accepts grant proposals on a rolling basis. Deadlines are as follows:
February 1 – Proposals received by February 1 will be considered at the April meeting of our Board of Trustees.
September 1 – Proposals received by September 1 will be considered at the November meeting of our Board of Trustees.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send the application letter and appropriate attachments to the attention of:
P. Russell Hardin, President
Lettie Pate Evans Foundation
191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3540
Atlanta, GA 30303

Jenny Morgan, Grants Officer
Phone: 404-522-6755

Lizzy Smith, Grants Program Director
Phone: 404-522-6755

To submit an informal inquiry:

General Contact Information:
Phone: 404.522.6755
Fax: 404.522.7026

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia