Grants to Green

Helping nonprofits save two kinds of resources—the environment and operating expenses.

Reimagining Nonprofit Facilities

G2G_Color_lrgAll too often, the buildings occupied by nonprofits are aging structures with inefficient equipment. Grants to Green is helping to transform the nonprofit sector by encouraging nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy- and water-efficient.

This innovative partnership between the Community Foundation, the Kendeda Fund and Southface gives metro Atlanta nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build greener work places that are energy- and water-efficient—all with the ultimate goal of improving a nonprofit organization’s building structure and saving money that allows more resources to go to services.

In 2014, Grants to Green was replicated nationally, with initiatives in Dubuque, Iowa and Maine. To learn more, visit

For more information about the Grants to Green program:

Kalie Lasiter
Program Associate

Concrete Impact

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have gone green with Grants to Green
in annual savings by nonprofits

2016 Grant Cycle Timeline

Summer Assessment and Implementation Dates

  • 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

Fall Assessment and Implementation Dates

  • August 17: Deadline for nonprofits to submit all application materials (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


Each year, the Community Foundation brings together the Green Champions during Southface’s 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.


Volunteers and Partners

Grants to Green represents a partnership between the Community Foundation, which provides grantmaking expertise and nonprofit community knowledge, Southface, which provides expertise on sustainability and the Kendeda Fund, which provides funding and the driving passion for the initiative. All partners contribute to nonprofit education, events, monitoring and evaluation.

Grants to Green is governed by an Advisory Committee that provides consultation, input and perspective on the Grants to Green program.

  • Barry Berlin, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management
  • Timothy Block, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Leesa Carter, Captain Planet Foundation
  • Ralph Edwards, EBS Property Investments, LLC
  • David S. Godfrey, DOAS State Purchasing Division
  • Ciannat Howett, Emory University
  • Steve Leeds, Sustainability Consultants, LLC, Of Counsel, Rogers & Hardin, LLP
  • Beth Lowry, Holder Construction Company
  • PJ Newcomb, Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Henry Slack, Mechanical Engineer
  • Beth Studley, Holder Construction Company
  • Lena Stevens, City of Decatur

The Journey Starts Here

Ready to get started? Just visit our online portal to complete your application today.

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