Peyton Anderson Foundation: Southeast (Georgia) Grants

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

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

IP TAKE: This funder does not have strong priority funding areas; as long as the 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. It seeks to “improve lives and meet the needs of the local community.” 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.

The foundation’s Program Areas include community development, education, health, arts & culture, and human services. 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.

Anderson gives grantmaking priority to groups who have a strong presence in the Georgia counties of Macon and Bibb. The foundation does not consider out-of-state grant requests. Grant seekers can learn more about past grantees on the on the funder’s story page. The foundation has funded nearly $100 million in grants.

Past 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  


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