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 125 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

For more success stories and an overview of the program, please read the Grants to Green Sustainability brochure: Grants to Green Sustainability 

2014 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.

2014 Grant Schedule 


  • January 13: Online Orientation,10 am – 12 noon  
  • January 24: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply for Implementation at 12 noon 
  • February 7: Notification of declination or invitation to submit Final Application 
  • February 19: Final Applications due (by invitation only) at 12 noon 
  • May 14: Organization notified and agreements mailed    

Assessment - Spring 

  • January 17: Online Orientation,10:30 am – 12:30 pm 
  • February 7: Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply for Assessment at 12 noon 
  • February 21: Notification of declination or invitation to submit Final Application 
  • March 10: Final Applications due (by invitation only) at 12 noon 
  • April 1: Organization notified and agreements mailed    


Assessment - Rolling

The Community Foundation will accept Assessment applications on a rolling basis until noon on Friday, October 9. Organizations interested in applying for the rolling deadline should submit the Letter of Intent and Final Application forms and supporting materials at the same time.

Online Orientation 

Assessment: An online orientation for nonprofits interested in applying for Grants to Green Assessment awards was held on June 24. To view the presentation, 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.   

Note: For the rolling Assessment deadline, applicants should submit the Letter of Intent, Final Application and supporting materials at the same time for consideration.



Assessment Materials:

Implementation Materials:

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. 

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 
  • 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
  • Delores Lazare White, Operations Manager, Georgia Power Company Charitable Giving  



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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