Peyton Anderson Foundation: Southeast (Georgia) Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports a very wide range of nonprofit causes in Macon and Bibb County Georgia. Funding has gone to local arts, disaster relief, hunger, education, and the wellbeing of children. 

FUNDING AREAS:  Arts, disaster relief, hunger, education, wellbeing of children

IP TAKE: This is a funder that doesn’t have strong priority funding areas, just as long as your cause benefits Macon and Bibb County, Georgia. Pretty much any local nonprofit cause is fair game.

PROFILE: The Peyton Anderson Foundation is based in Macon, Georgia, and was established to distribute funds from the estate of Peyton Anderson Jr. in his hometown and county. The foundation was established in 1989 and since then has distributed over $86 million to local groups in Middle Georgia. Anderson was born in Macon and worked at the local newspapers, later buying them and owning them for many years. During his lifetime, he served on many local and national boards. He left the bulk of his estate to the foundation when he passed away in 1988.

Grantmaking priority is given to groups who have a strong presence in the Georgia counties of Macon and Bibb. Out-of-state grant requests are not considered. You can see a list of recent grantees by year on the on the funder’s recipients page. In a recent year, the foundation reported over $71.8 million in assets.

This funder doesn’t spell out its funding priorities, and nearly any worthwhile nonprofit cause in the area can get involved with the foundation. Past support has largely gone to the arts, disaster relief, hunger, education and wellbeing of children. Downtown revitalization and public green spaces and trails have also been popular funding topics. This is a funder that prefers to support projects and programs rather than general operating support, although initial start-up funds are sometimes considered for local groups.

Foundation initiatives include the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, NewTown Macon, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia and Peyton Anderson Community Service Center. In 2009, the foundation launched a scholarships program to assist students in Bibb County.

The deadlines to apply for grants are April 1 and August 1 each year. Then the trustees of the foundation meet in June and October to review funding requests. The whole application process is online, and the funder spells out what it wants to see on its application instructions page.

General questions can be directed to the three-person, Macon-based staff at (478) 743-5359 or grants@pafdn.org.  

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