Grants to Green


The vision for Grants to Green is to be a leading resource in philanthropy in the Atlanta region, recognized for strengthening the nonprofit sector’s energy and water efficiency and overall organizational capacity and distinguished nationally as a model.
Grants to Green transforms the nonprofit sector in the Atlanta region by encouraging nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy and water efficient, that make minimal draws on non-renewable resources and give high priority to respecting the physical environment. In order to stimulate broad change across the region, Grants to Green works with nonprofits serving diverse community needs and different populations, not just those nonprofits with environmentally-related missions.
The buildings occupied by nonprofits are often aging structures with inefficient equipment. Generally, staff in the nonprofit sector are more focused on their organization’s mission rather than on energy and water consumption or facility management. As a result, utility and maintenance costs can create huge drains on program and operating budgets. This partnership between the Community Foundation and Southface gives metro Atlanta nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build greener work places that are energy and water efficient with the ultimate goal of improving 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 dollars to provide more services.  
Grants to Green has impacted over 187 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.  
Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children
Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Foundation of Wesley Woods
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Jerusalem House
Life University
Piedmont Newnan Hospital
The Edge Connection
The Place of Forsyth
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Overview of Grants to Green Programs – Assessment and Implementation
Nonprofits in the 23-county region of metro Atlanta can apply for Assessment awards or Implementation grants.
ASSESSMENT AWARDS: Assessment awards are non-cash consulting services that award the nonprofit with a technical expert from Southface who conducts an environmental efficiency scan of their building structure to determine areas for improvement and recommend opportunities to achieve environmentally friendly operations, specifically related to utility use. Opportunities to reduce energy consumption, water consumption and operating costs are evaluated and discussed in a detailed Assessment Report. The report provides an estimate of the annual operating cost reduction, annual resource consumption reduction, project implementation cost and simple payback for each energy and water conservation measure. It is estimated that approximately 24 diverse agencies (size, budget, location, etc.) will receive Assessment awards annually. Once an assessment has been completed the nonprofit will be eligible to apply for Implementation match funding. 

IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS: Implementation grants provide the nonprofit with match funding for specific recommendations identified in their Assessment Report.    
2016 Grantmaking
An online orientation was held on Monday, April 25th. To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.

2016 Summer Assessment and Implementation Dates  


  • April 25: Online Orientation
  • May 18: Deadline for nonprofits to submit all application materials (Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application, Grant Application Supplement and all required attachments) 
  • June 20 – July 15: Site visits and/or interviews
  • August 1: Nonprofits notified and agreements mailed

2016 Fall Assessment and Implementation Dates

  • August 17: Deadline for nonprofits to submit all application materials (Nonprofit Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application, Grant Application Supplement and all required attachments)
  • Sept 12 – 30: Site visits and/or interviews
  • October 31: Nonprofits notified and agreements mailed


Applying for a Grant  
Organizations interested in applying for a Grants to Green assessment award or implementation grant must do the following:

  1. Complete and submit the Organizational Profile using the online application portal, here. For instructions on completing the Organizational Profile, click here.
  2. Complete and submit the Common Grant Application using the same link above (NOTE: the Common Grant Application can only be accessed after completing and submitting the Organizational Profile). For instructions on completing the Common Grant Application, click here.
  3. Complete and submit the “Grant Application Supplement” and all required attachments (linked below) via email to

Grant Application Supplement and Instructions 
After completing the Organizational Profile and the Common Grant Application using the online application portal linked above, download, complete and submit via email the below Grant Application Supplement and all required attachments (outlined in the Grant Application Supplement). Instructions documents for each Grant Application Supplement are also linked below:

NOTE: If you are completing the Grants to Green Implementation – Grant Application Supplement, you must complete and attach an Implementation Chart. Implementation Charts are completed using Google Documents. You must request a link to your personalized Implementation Chart before completing this form by emailing and entering “Request for Implementation Chart – Org Name” in the subject line.

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

Green Champions are responsible for completing baseline, interim and final evaluation surveys, as well as tracking utility data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager (ESPM).
Additionally, each year, the Community Foundation brings together the Green Champions during the annual Greenprints Conference. This is an opportunity for Green Champions to network and further their knowledge of environmental 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

Grants to Green is governed by an Advisory Committee that includes 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 program.  

  • Barry Berlin, Managing Director, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management
  • Timothy Block, Director of Programs, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Leesa Carter, Executive Director, Captain Planet Foundation
  • Ralph Edwards, Principal, EBS Property Investments, LLC 
  • 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
  • PJ Newcomb, Program Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Henry Slack, Mechanical Engineer 
  • Beth Studley, Vice President, Holder Construction Company
  • Lena Stevens, Resource Conservation Coordinator, City of Decatur 

For more information about Grants to Green, please contact Kalie Lasiter, Program Associate, at 404-526-1127 or    


A Look into Grants to Green


For the past seven 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 143 Assessment Awards and 93 Implementation Grants, totaling more than $3.9 million invested to more than 165 metro Atlanta organizations. Read about the impact Grants to Green continues to make.

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