How to Apply

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is an independent private foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life in Georgia by investing in health, education, economic opportunity and community vitality.

In any given year, the Foundation may receive more than 350 grant requests. Due to program priorities and rigorous evaluation, about one in seven requests is approved for funding.


Eligibility

Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it: Review what the Foundation does not fund.

Application Deadlines

The Foundation accepts grant requests throughout the year. We encourage you to submit before the deadlines listed below.
  • February 1 – Requests received by the first business day on or after February 1 will be considered at the April meeting of our Board of Trustees.
  • August 15 – Requests received by the first business day on or after August 15 will be considered at the November meeting of our Board of Trustees.

Application Process

  1. Review our eligibility requirements (above), grantmaking guidelines and program interests. We encourage you to submit an informal inquiry to fdns@woodruff.org to determine if you should apply for a grant.
  1. Submit a request using our online grant portal by clicking the “Submit Grant Request Letter” button below. Note each organization is permitted only one account in the portal, which should be managed by a single contact who is responsible for all submissions.

    You will be asked to enter your organization’s EIN, complete a short eligibility quiz, and upload the following materials as a single PDF:
    • Grant request letter that briefly describes your organization (its mission, history, programs and population served) and the proposed project, including the challenge it addresses, project goals and/or expected outcomes. The letter should be on letterhead, dated, signed by your organization’s leadership, and addressed to P. Russell Hardin, President of the Woodruff, Whitehead and Evans Foundations.
    • Itemized project budget, including all major categories of expense. If personnel expense is part of your project budget, please indicate the number of staff.
    • Operating budget, including budgeted and actual amounts for all major income and expense categories for your current fiscal year.
    • Fundraising status report, including all sources of support in hand or anticipated. Please include totals.
    • Financial statements, including most recent audit report.
    • Board list, including name, title and professional affiliation for each member. Please note officers.
    • Current IRS determination letter.

    Please do not mail a copy of your grant request to the Foundation.
  1. You can save and return to a grant request at any time. To return to a saved request, click the “Return to Saved Grant Request” button below.




Grant Review Process

Grant requests are reviewed by our president, grants program director and program officers. If your request is clearly not within the giving interests of the Foundation, we will notify you promptly by email.

If your request is accepted for consideration at the next meeting of our Board of Trustees, you will be notified by letter and contacted by Foundation staff for a meeting or site visit.

All grant decisions are made by our Trustees at their board meeting based on the merits of your request and the priorities of the Foundation. The Foundation will notify you of its decision by letter within one week of the Board of Trustees meeting.

Questions?

Please review our FAQs for answers to common questions. If you have additional questions about our grantmaking process or programs, please contact Jenny Zhang Morgan at morgan@woodruff.org. If you require technical assistance with our grant portal, please contact Emily Patteson at patteson@woodruff.org.