Georgia Power Foundation

OVERVIEW: This power company funder supports the following causes in Georgia: health & human services, education improvement, civic & community, environmental stewardship, and arts & culture.

FUNDING AREAS: Health & human services, education improvement, environmental stewardship, arts and culture, civic & community

IP TAKE: Education programs are the best way to get in with this funder, but overall, funding interests are pretty broad here. Make sure you contact the right foundation manager for your region of Georgia.

PROFILE: Georgia Power is an electric company that has over 2.4 million customers and services all but four of the 159 counties in the state. Since the Georgia Power Foundation was established, it has given out over $160 million to nonprofit organizations. In fact, it’s been ranked the fourth-largest corporate funder in the state in terms of giving.

Funding topics of interest are health and human services, education improvement, environmental stewardship, civic and community, and arts and culture. Its charitable giving occurs through the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., corporate giving and employee giving. Grants proposals are considered in the 155 of Georgia’s counties that are part of the company’s service area. In a five-year period, Georgia Power’s corporate giving outreach contributed around $14 million to efforts around the state.

Education support is made to groups addressing statewide policy, workforce recruitment, and local education programs. There’s also an employee matching gift program for employee and retiree contribution for higher education institutions. Most of Georgia Power’s health and human services grants are made to the United Way and the Salvation Army. Environmental support goes to programs that improve the quality of the air, water, and natural resources, and for species preservation. Groups like the Georgia Cities Foundation and the Westside Future Fund typically see this corporate funder’s civic and community support. Arts and culture grants go to local and regional organizations like the Woodruff Arts Center and the National Black Arts Festival.

In addition to corporate giving, this company also values employee involvement through its volunteer services department and Club of Hearts program. Club of Hearts is a nonprofit corporation that dates back to 1953 and serves 13 counties in metro Atlanta. There’s a strong connection to the United Way here.

In a recent year, Georgia Power and the Georgia Power Foundation invested $17 million in communities and nonprofit organizations. Around 33.5 percent of these funds went to education, 27.7 percent to health and human services, 16.8 to environmental programs, 13.3 percent to civic and community efforts, and 8.7 percent to arts and culture.

Education is a huge priority for this corporation and corporate funder, leading it to provide sizable initiative support throughout the state. Areas of interest include emphasizing the importance of math, science, electric safety, and energy efficiency for Georgia students, as well as building awareness about energy careers. Financial literacy, workforce development, and teacher development have also been areas of interest for Georgia Power.

Unlike many corporate funders, this is one that you can submit a grant application to directly. Links to the application and eligibility quiz can be found on the Apply for a Grant page. Keep in mind that this funder does not support private elementary or secondary schools, religious organizations, political causes, or individuals.

There are no deadlines to apply for grants, and requests up to $25,000 are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Requests for more than $25,000 are reviewed by the board at meetings in May, August, or December. The funder works with regional and plant leadership teams to evaluate grant proposals within local areas. It’s important to contact the appropriate regional manager with your application submission and with any questions. Manager contact info can be viewed here.

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