J. Knox Gholston Foundation

OVERVIEW: The J. Knox Gholston Foundation supports education in Madison County, Georgia.

FUNDING AREA: Education

IP TAKE: This funder emphasizes education and offers building and facility maintenance needs. It also offers limited funding for other broad areas at it discretion.

PROFILE: Established in 1967, the J. Knox Gholston Foundation is a private foundation based in Georgia. The foundation aims to “support charitable organizations that provide for the education of children within the city of Comer in Madison County, Georgia. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Georgia’s office. Its grantmaking centers on local education.

Within education, this funder prioritizes funding capital and instructional projects that advance students’ academic achievement. Beyond education, the foundation occasionally considers other types of charitable organizations that serve the Georgia city of Comer. Gholston often provides nonprofits with unrestricted general operating support, but other funds are designated for building maintenance. Past local grantees include Jones Chapel Methodist Church, David’s Home Holiness, United Way of Northeast Georgia, and Easter Seals of North Georgia.

Foundation grants range between $100 and $500 each, and the funder awards many of these smaller grants each year. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Comer, Georgia and Madison County, Georgia. Other grantees are based in the Georgia cities of Colbert, Royston, Hull, and Danielsville. A majority of grants are for one-year periods, although the funder occasionally considers multi-year support.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is June 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by letter within about one to two months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ga.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 404-264-1377. The J. William Gholston Foundation is also managed by Bank of America and shares the same grantmaking goals, geographic focus, and guidelines.  

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