Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Southeast Grants

OVERVIEW: This Atlanta-based funder supports community-based organizations within 30 miles of its manufacturing facilities—there are 19 facilities in Georgia. Funding interests are education, entrepreneurship, community, and the environment.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, entrepreneurship, enrichment of community, environment

IP TAKE:  This is a funder with a broad geographic reach. But Georgia-based nonprofits have some great opportunities with this funder because of the many facilities located across the state—not to mention elsewhere in the Southeast region.

PROFILE: The Georgia-Pacific Foundation is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and was established in 1958 to “improve life in the communities” where it operates. Georgia-Pacific makes tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products, and related chemicals. The company was founded in 1927, with a single building in Augusta, Georgia.

Now the company has over 180 locations around the world, so grantmaking is scattered all over the globe. However, many grants stay in the Atlanta area, where both the company and foundation are headquartered. In Georgia, there are 19 Georgia-Pacific facilities, 7,210 employees, and an estimated $834 million in direct wages and benefits for employees in the state. Other Georgia locations are in Decatur, Rincon, Augusta, Savannah, Albany, Rome, and Norcross.

The foundation supports community-based programs, service projects, and local disaster-relief efforts. Funding prioritizes education, entrepreneurship, community enrichment, and the environment. One big local grantee is the Atlanta Beltline Partnership's conservation program.

Other funding priorities locally and nationally include job training, STEM education, reading programs for children, and female and minority entrepreneurs. Past grantees include charitable organizations, like Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. This foundation has been heavily involved with supporting local fire departments, and its Bucket Brigade program has given more than $2 million to fire departments near Georgia-Pacific facilities.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation reviews grant requests on a rolling basis throughout the year. Grant seekers must be located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific manufacturing facility to be eligible for a grant. Every state in the Southeast region has a Georgia-Pacific facility: Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  

It is a good idea for grant seekers to submit proposals before October 31 because end-of-the-year funding is limited. Responses typically come within 45 days.

Curley Dossman has been president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation since 1994. Grantseeker questions can be called into (404) 652-4000. The address is 133 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Company news can be viewed here.


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