Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation invests in education, the environment, community enrichment and entrepreneurship.

IP TAKE: The foundation primarily conducts higher education grantmaking through its scholarship programs, but also provides general operating support. Applicants must operate in or near areas where the company has offices.

PROFILE: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation was established in 1958 by the papermaking and manufacturing company, now headquartered in Atlanta. The foundation views itself as a community-based philanthropic funder, and focuses on four areas of “investment”: education, environment, enrichment, and entrepreneurship.

GP primarily conducts higher education grantmaking through its education and entrepreneurship programs. GP prioritizes primary and secondary education programs that “boost literacy, get public school kids interested in STEM and train teachers so they can take their skills to the next level,” but it also provides “funds for basics like books.” In the realm of higher education, GP also offers college scholarships. Its entrepreneurship grants fund “educational and business programs, especially those that teach economic principles, the benefits of a free enterprise system and real-world business skills,” and provide support for “small, minority and women-owned businesses.” 

Grants range from $3,000 to $20,000. Unfortunately, GP does not provide a searchable grants database, but sometimes publishes News about recent grants. It is important to note that grants in all focus areas are limited to organizations in cities and towns where GP has manufacturing operations. Grantseekers should make sure to consult the Georgia-Pacific Locations and review the Foundation FAQ to make sure they are eligible for funding.

Applications are open year-round, although the foundation suggests submitting before the end of October, as funds are more limited at the end of the year.

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