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Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Grants Program

Grants to Atlanta, Georgia Nonprofits for Health,
Education, Human Services, Arts, and Environment

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Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

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Grants to Atlanta, Georgia nonprofits for healthcare, education, environment, human services, arts and culture, and community development. Potential applicants are encouraged to submit an informal inquiry to determine if they should apply for a grant.

Funding is intended to improve the quality of life in Georgia through capital funding and program support. The Foundation’s grantmaking is generally limited to organizations located and operating in metro Atlanta, although grants to significant institutions and initiatives in communities throughout Georgia will be considered.

Funding Priorities:

- Health: The Foundation invests in medical education, research and policy development in Georgia. It focuses on improvements to health access and outcomes, particularly for low-income and underserved populations.

- Education: The Foundation supports the state’s private colleges and public research institutions. It also invests in systemic improvements to K-12 public education and occasionally supports select independent schools in metro Atlanta.

- Environment: The Foundation’s environmental giving is focused on the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. It also makes grants for Atlanta parks and green spaces, land conservation projects in partnership with the State of Georgia, and environmental education.

- Human Services: The Foundation invests at the state level in initiatives to improve the quality of life of Georgia’s children and their families. It also supports well-established, Atlanta-based child welfare and youth development organizations as well as adult and family services.

- Arts and Culture: The Foundation supports major arts and cultural institutions in Atlanta and occasionally makes grants outside of Atlanta for arts and cultural projects that also promote community development.

- Community Development: The Foundation primarily invests in the economic development of metro Atlanta. It also makes grants to organizations that support philanthropy and the nonprofit community.

The Foundation seeks to enable organizations to stretch further to seize new opportunities or to meet extraordinary needs. 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. However, the Foundation will occasionally make leading grants when the need is great and the initiative is compelling.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177542

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In general, an organization may be eligible for a grant if it:
- Is a 501(c)(3) public charity
- Is located or operating in Georgia
- Aligns with the Foundation’s program interests in Health, Education, Environment, Human Services, Arts and Culture or Community Development

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation Does Not Fund:
- Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
- Organizations without a presence in Georgia
- Human services outside of metro Atlanta
- Churches or their denominational programs
- Conferences
- Debt relief
- Endowments
- Festivals, performances or exhibits
- Films or documentaries
- Fundraising events
- Individuals
- Individual public schools
- Individual research projects
- Loans
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities
- Professional associations
- Private schools outside of metro Atlanta
- Sponsorships or special events
- Startup organizations or seed funding

Pre-Application Information:

Program Interests:

How to Apply:

Before applying, review the Foundation's grantmaking guidelines and program interests. Potential applicants are encouraged to first submit an informal inquiry to determine if they should apply for a grant.

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 Board of Trustees meeting.

Applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision within 30 days of the Board of Trustees meeting.

Note: Because the Woodruff Foundation shares an office and staff with the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, Lettie Pate Evans Foundation and Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, each request may also be considered by one of these foundations. There is no need to submit separate grant proposals to these foundations.

Contact Information:

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

Submit informal inquiry to:

Application letters and their appropriate attachments should be sent to the attention of:
P. Russell Hardin, President
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3540
Atlanta, GA 30303

To determine if a request is a fit for funding, call:
Grants Program Director Lizzy Smith at 404-522-6755

Questions about grants programs or how to apply for a grant, contact:
Grants Officer Jenny Morgan at 404-522-6755 or

Grant Coverage Areas:

Metro Atlanta

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia