Lettie Pate Evans Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports education and arts & culture mostly in Georgia, but also occasionally in Virginia. Universities, colleges, museums, historical societies, and performing arts groups receive this support.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts & culture

IP TAKE: Unlike some other affiliated foundations, this one accepts unsolicited grant requests on a rolling basis. If you’re applying for an LPEF arts or education grant, be aware that this funder shares a staff with three other foundations.

PROFILE: The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation is an independent private foundation that supports education, and arts and culture. Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans was the wife of Joseph B. Whitehead. Although the founder is the same and the funder names are similar, this is a separate grantmaking entity from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. After Joseph B. Whitehead’s death, she remarried to Colonel Arthur Kelly Evans, a retired Canadian Army officer.

Most LPEF grants are made to institutions in Georgia, however, a few grants are made to institutions in Virginia that Mrs. Evans supported during her lifetime. The foundation prefers to work with well-established institutions and projects that have strong leadership and support from other funding sources.  

Education grants are awarded to health education, higher education, and select independent schools in Georgia. One top priority is the development of the pediatric residency program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. Institutional projects at Georgia’s private colleges and universities are also a priority. This funder looks for SACS-accredited private schools in Atlanta with open admissions, good academic programs, stable enrollments, and sound finances. To a lesser extent, it also continues to support independent and higher education schools in Virginia that Mrs. Evans supported in her life. Public schools and individuals are not funded.

Less than one-quarter of the foundation’s total annual grantmaking typically goes to arts and culture, but this is still an important program nonetheless. The foundation makes capital and capacity-building grants to arts and cultural organizations in Georgia. Groups in Virginia are considered for grants only if they received support from Mrs. Evans during her life. Major arts and cultural groups in Atlanta are given funding priority, as well as the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund for small- to mid-sized arts organizations. Outside Atlanta, LPEF supports groups that promote community development in cities. Expect to see most of these grants going to performing arts, museums, and historical societies.

The funder is part of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. It is affiliated with, but a separate grantmaking entity, from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation.

In a recent year, this foundation awarded 16 grants totaling over $20 million. These grants ranged in size from $65,000 to $4.5 million. Most of that funding went towards arts and culture, closely followed by higher education. Health education has also been a priority here. In lesser amounts, support is typically provided to independent education and religious causes as well. In the past decade, health and human services grants in small amounts have been provided.

You can apply for a grant with this funder, and proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Get your proposal in by February 1 to be considered in April or by September 1 to be considered in November. A list of previous grants can be viewed here.

General questions can be directed to the staff at 404-522-6755 or by email at fdns@woodruff.org. The Foundation shares an office and staff with other Whitehead family philanthropies, however, each foundation is governed by its own board and charter.

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