Robert R. Woodruff Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Robert R. Woodruff Foundation supports elementary schools, secondary schools, and higher education. 

IP TAKE: The majority of Woodruff's awards support one-time capital projects — predominately building renovations or expansions. The foundation supports grantmaking throughout Georgia and rarely, if ever, supports organizations beyond its regional focus.

PROFILE: Established as the Trebor Foundation in 1937, and renamed the Robert R. Woodruff Foundation upon its founder's passing, the Woodruff Foundation seeks improve the "quality of life in Georgia." It does so by facilitating community needs, and making grants to well-established institutions and projects with strong leadership and a broad base of support. Woodruff funds  healtheducationenvironmenthuman servicesarts and culture, and community development.  

Woodruff pursues its grantmaking to higher education through its education program, which supports developing Georgia’s research universities, institutional projects of Georgia’s private colleges and universities, and K-12 education at the state level and within Atlanta Public Schools, with an emphasis on improving standards, teacher quality and persistence to graduation. Woodruff's higher education grantmaking prioritizes research and project development. Woodruff supports a variety of colleges and universities around Georgia. The majority of grants fund capital construction projects, such as a new performing arts facility for Mercer University or a new campus center at Young Harris College in northern Georgia. Really, it seems as if the only common theme among these schools is that they're private schools located in Georgia. Recent grantees have come from different regions of the state, and they have different histories and provide different education programs. For instance, Young Harris College is currently transitioning into a four-year college, while Emory is one of the state's oldest private research universities. However, Woodruff has also funded the University of Georgia Foundation for a renovation project, the Technical College System, and the Associated Colleges of the South, which received funding to implement blended learning at its member institutions.

Woodruff's high education grantmaking does not fund endowments, individual school programs, or private schools beyond the Atlanta metro. Woodruff encourages applicants to submit an informal inquiry to fdns@woodruff.org to determine if they should apply for a grant. Proposals are due February 1st and September 1st respectively. Grantseekers should closely study the foundaiton's in-depth website. 

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