Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation invests in education, enrichment, the environment and entrepreneurship in the communities in which it operates. Its education funding includes support for literacy, STEM, teacher development and college scholarships.

IP TAKE: The Georgia Pacific Foundation invests in education, enrichment, the environment and entrepreneurship in the communities in which it operates. This funder accepts applications from schools and nonprofit organizations on an ongoing basis through its online application portal. 

PROFILE: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation was established in 1958 by the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, a global manufacturer of paper goods, packaging and building materials. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the foundation aims to improve the lives of people in the communities where it operates. Its four main funding initiatives include education, enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship. The foundation also maintains a fund for disaster relief.   

Georgia-Pacific’s education funding prioritizes results-driven programs in the areas of literacy, STEM education and professional development for teachers. The foundation also provides funding for schools’ basic needs such as books and equipment. Past grantees include large, national organizations, such as Teach for America and The United Negro College Fund, as well as individual school districts and smaller organizations. In Memphis, Tennessee, the foundation has supported a STEM chess program at the Douglass K-8 Optional School.

Grants range in the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Nonprofit organizations, schools and public school districts operating within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility are eligible for funding; a map of operating locations is available on the corporation’s website.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation accepts grant applications through its online application portal on an ongoing basis, with applicants generally receiving responses within 45 days of submission.

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