Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation: Georgia Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder mostly supports efforts in Atlanta related to early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofits.

FUNDING AREAS: Early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts

IP TAKE: This is a great funder to know in Georgia, especially for grant sekers in Atlanta. Learn about what the foundation staff members specialize in and contact the most appropriate member for your project.  

PROFILE: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation was established in 1995 by the co-founder of The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer. It seeks “innovative solutions that enable young people, families and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today.” Blank retired from the company in 2001, and has given over $300 million to charity through his foundation and family’s personal giving.

Early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts are the foundation’s funding priorities. The foundation also leads giving for the Blank Family of Businesses, which include the Atlanta Falcons, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, and Atlanta United.

Over the course of about 10 years, the foundation invested around $10 million to improve neighborhoods in western Atlanta. The foundation created the Westside Neighborhood Prosperity Fund for this cause, which is a $15 million long-term commitment. Grant seekers can find more information about this effort and others on the Initiatives page, and learn about getting involved with the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and the Atlanta United Foundation, two sports-based philanthropies.  

Almost all grants are limited to work in the state of Georgia. However, some grants support efforts in Montana as well as part of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund. Overall, grantmaking here is very competitive, and only a few ideas lead to awards. Main program areas include Better Beginnings (birth to age five demographic), Pathways to Success (K-12 STEAM education in Metro Atlanta), Inspiring Spaces (parks in Atlanta), and Art of Change (access to the arts).

A list of recent grants can be accessed on the Grants List page. Keep in mind that only some of these grants are discretionary grants. Recent grants have been as low as $1,000 and as high as $400,000. Current financial data can be reviewed in the annual reports. The foundation does not award grants to individuals, for scholarships, or to support religious activities.

Unfortunately for grantseekers, this foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. General questions can be directed to the staff at 404-367-2100. Nonprofits are encouraged to contact the most relevant staff member with inquiries about specific programs and goals.

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