Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the U.S.-based papermaking company, invests in education, the environment, community enrichment and entrepreneurship.

IP TAKE: Funding for environmental issues is one of the four bedrocks for this foundation, and protecting and conserving marines and rivers (and the wildlife within) are a primary focus. The catch is that your environmental program must take place within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility. The good news is that those facilities are spread across 32 states.

PROFILE: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation was established in 1958 by the papermaking and manufacturing company now headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The foundation seeks to “improve life in the communities where we live and work.”  Georgia-Pacific invests in education, the environment, community enrichment, and entrepreneurship.

The foundation conducts its marine conservation-related grantmaking through its environment program, which emphasizes sustainability and an Education In Nature program. The program's marine conservation supports conservation, clean air, clean water, recycling and environmental education. Georgia-Pacific distinguishes itself from other environmental funders in that its funding takes the form of general operating support. Even though it generalizes its funding, the foundation has rigorous expectations for grantee's impact: its application requests that grantees discuss how they will tangibly measure improvement in the community they serve.  

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation prioritizes conserving and protecting clean water within 30 miles of one of Georgia-Pacific’s facilities. The company has a presence in 32 states with multiple locations in many. It places no strict parameters on grant amounts, and states that "when deciding what or if we will contribute, we consider the value of the program to our communities and the amount we have available to donate." However, grantseekers are required to ask for specific amounts.

Most Georgia-Pacific grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 (with outliers on both sides).  Recent marines and rivers grantees include Alabama Clean Water, the Flint Riverquarium, and the Lower Columbia Estuary

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation has an open application process with a recently revised application. It's a rolling application, and the foundation states you'll receive notification within 60 days.

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