Grants to Green



Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits. This partnership between The Community Foundation and Southface gives metro Atlanta nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are energy, water and environmentally efficient. The ultimate goal is to improve a nonprofit organization’s building structure to not only have less of an environmental impact, but also to increase the cost-efficiency of operations, ideally saving more finances to provide more services.  

Grants to Green has impacted over 147 nonprofit organizations in the 23-county region. To read success stories about organizations that have utilized awards through the Grants to Green initiative to improve the sustainability of their buildings, please click on the organization names below.
Jerusalem House
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Edge Connection
Quinlan Visual Arts Center
Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children
Piedmont Newnan Hospital
The Center for Community Preservation and Planning 
The Place of Forsyth
Life University

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2015 Grantmaking
Nonprofits in the 23-county region of metro Atlanta can apply for Assessment Grants or Implementation Grants. Assessments allow the nonprofit to bring in experts to conduct an environmental efficiency scan of the building structure to determine areas for improvement. Implementation Grants allow the nonprofit to receive funding for specific environmental efficiency recommendations. 
For those nonprofits that receive grants, Southface conducts assessments of existing or planned facility improvement and recommend opportunities to achieve environmentally friendly operations, particularly related to energy and utility use. It is estimated that 20-30 diverse agencies (size, budget, location, etc.) will receive assessments annually. Once an assessment has been completed the nonprofit will be eligible for implementation funding.

2015 Grant Schedule 


  • December 15: Online Orientation, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • January 15: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply for Implementation at 12 noon 
  • January 30: Notification of declination or invitation to submit Final Application 
  • February 20: Final Applications due (by invitation only) at 12 noon
  • March 23 – April 3: Site visits
  • May 14: Organization notified and agreements mailed    

  • May 25: Online Orientation, 10:00 am - noon
  • June 10: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply for Assessment at 12 noon
  • July 24: Final Applications due (by invitation only) at 12 noon 
  • August 28: Organization notified and agreements mailed

  • TBD: Online Orientation
  • June 4: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply for Implementation at 12 noon
  • July 15: Final Applications due (by invitation only) at 12 noon
  • August 12 – September 2: Site visits
  • October 22: Organization notified and agreements mailed 

Online Orientation  
Implementation: An online orientation for nonprofits interested in applying for a Grants to Green Implementation award was held on December 15, 2014. To view a recording of this webinar, please click here.

Assessment: An online orientation for nonprofits interested in applying for a Grants to Green Assessment award will be held on May 25, 2015, from 10:00 am - noon.  Organizations are encouraged to attend. To register, please click here
Applying for a Grant 
The Letter of Intent (LOI) is the first step in the application process. Grantees should complete and submit a Letter of Intent for an Assessment or Implementation Award. Grants to Green staff will then review all LOIs and invite organizations to submit Final Applications.   


Implementation Materials:

Assessment Materials:

Updated Assessment application materials for 2015 will be posted by March 13, 2015.

Green Champions
As part of a Grants to Green award, grantee organizations must appoint a person who will participate in Green Champion activities and shepherd their Green project(s) from conception to completion. These volunteers are institutional champions involved in all aspects of the projects and are responsible for making energy efficiency central to their organization’s mission and operations.  

Green Champions provide input on the tracking and evaluation to be developed for their organization's grant and the Grants to Green program as a whole. Additionally, Champions are focused on learning and sharing within their organization and with fellow Grants to Green awardees. Green Champions support their organization’s commitment to preserving the environment, helping to build a sustainable metro-Atlanta region for all. 
Each year, The Community Foundation brings together the Green Champions at a Convening.  This is an opportunity to network and further their knowledge of sustainability. To view photos from the most recent Green Champion Convening, please click here.

Current Grantees
Congratulations on your Grants to Green Assessment or Implementation award. Click here for documents that will help you comply with the requirements of your grant award. 

Grants to Green is a partnership between The Community Foundation providing grantmaking expertise and nonprofit community knowledge and Southface providing expertise on sustainability. All partners contribute to nonprofit education, events, monitoring and evaluation.

In 2014, the reach of Grants to Green was expanded when the initiative went national with replication partners in Dubuque, Iowa and Maine. To learn more about Grants to Green replication and to view the replication toolkit, please visit

Grants to Green efforts are underway in the following areas. Contact the sponsoring foundation directly for more information and to support or get involved in their efforts.
Sponsoring Foundation: The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, with funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Iowa Energy Center
Environmental Partners: The Energy Group, Green Dubuque, and the East Central Intergovernmental Association’s Petal Project
Sponsoring Foundation: The Maine Community Foundation with funding from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center Energy Partner: Efficiency Maine
Recent Press & Other News 
Four local organizations received campus-wide Grants to Green Assessment
Press release, May 6,2014

To include a broad perspective in this work, Grants to Green has created an Advisory Committee of members including representatives from academia, community development corporations, donors, foundations, nonprofits, real estate specialists and related corporate entities. The committee provides consultation, input and perspective on the Grants to Green progress.  
  • Barry Berlin, Managing Director, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management 
  • Leesa Carter, Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation
  • Ralph Edwards, Principal, EBS Property Investments, LLC  
  • Michael Flood, Director, Business Development, Leisure Services, Sodexo 
  • David S. Godfrey, Associate Category Manager, DOAS State Purchasing Division
  • Jennifer J. Henson, Charitable Giving Comptroller, Georgia Power Company 
  • Ciannat Howett, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory University 
  • Steve Leeds, Principal, Sustainability Consultants, LLC, Of Counsel, Rogers & Hardin, LLP
  • Beth Lowry, Vice President, Holder Construction Company
  • Mandy Mahoney, President, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • PJ Newcomb, Program Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Refreshments 
  • Shahrokh Rouhani, President, NewFields Companies, LLC   
  • Henry Slack, Mechanical Engineer 
  • Lena Stevens, Resource Conservation Coordinator, City of Decatur 
  • Sam Williams, Vice President Support Services, Grady Health System

For more information about Grants to Green, please contact Jasper Tanner, Program Officer, at 404-526-1103 or or Erin Dreiling, Program Associate, at 404-526-1127 or  


A Look into Grants to Green


For the past three years, Grants to Green has helped organizations reduce their environmental impact and at the same time improve their bottom line.

To date, the initiative has awarded 73 Assessment Awards and 33 Implementation Grants, totaling more than $1.2 million to more than 60 metro Atlanta organizations. Read about the impact Grants to Green continues to make.

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