Program Areas

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation makes grants in the following program areas. You can also learn more about our general grantmaking guidelines, see a snapshot of our past giving, search previous grants, or learn how to apply for a grant.


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. Learn more >


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. Learn more >


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 and land conservation projects in partnership with the State of Georgia. Learn more >

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. Learn more >

Arts & 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. Learn more >

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. Learn more >