We at the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation are humbled by the work of non-profits in Georgia. There are so many we would like to help!
We are a relatively small foundation with a mission of making a difference for the disadvantaged in education and health care. We believe we can provide the greatest value with a focus on these three areas within education and health care in Georgia:
- Increasing access to mental health resources
- Supporting education for disadvantaged students in a way that promotes high school and college completion
- Supporting disadvantaged adults in accessing job training and securing jobs
If your Georgia non-profit has programs in any of these three areas, we would like to receive a grant proposal from you. The Foundation may occasionally consider other grant proposals. Of course, the Foundation can make no commitment about the Board’s decision to conduct a site visit or award you a grant.
The Foundation follows a two-step process in determining grant awards:
Email the Foundation with an attachment of your one-page proposal. The board will determine which one-page proposals to investigate further (Step 2).
- In your one-page proposal, specify the use of the grant, the amount of the grant request, the geographical area that will benefit from the grant, the focus area of the grant (Mental Health, Education Success, or Job Readiness), and the email address we should use when responding to you.
- In your email to us, include your 501c3 number (also called EIN or Employer Information Number). Also email your 501c3 name if it’s different from your organization name and explain the connection. The government prohibits foundations from awarding grants to any organization other than a currently qualified 501c3 organization.
- If you have a question about the amount to request, include your question in the email. We will give you guidance on the amount if we think your asking for a different amount would be best.
- Do not send any additional information. If the Foundation determines to investigate with a site visit, we’ll request more information then.
- You may send a grant proposal for operating expense, for special projects, or for capital projects.
- You do NOT need to send a grant proposal via U.S. Postal Service. You do NOT need to call the Foundation office. You do NOT need to know anyone at the Foundation to apply.
- You may apply at any time. We close a cycle to collect the proposals for Board review on each of the following dates:
- February 15
- May 15
- August 15
- November 15
- The Board meets approximately four weeks after each of the above deadlines to determine which proposals to take to Step 2. The staff will notify each organization applying about the status of its proposal within six weeks after the deadlines above and provide guidance to those organizations whose proposals were declined about when they might re-apply.
- The Foundation does NOT make grants in the following areas:
- To religious organizations for projects that primarily benefit their own members or adherents
- To sports booster clubs
- For tickets to charitable events or dinners
- For research
- For conferences or seminars
- To sponsor productions, performances or special events
- For legislative lobbying or other political purposes
- To retire accumulated debt
The Foundation staff requests strategy and financial information and then conducts a site visit. The board then determines whether or not to award a grant to each site visited and how much money to award.
- The Board determines awards in the First and Third Quarter Board meetings. The staff communicates the Board’s decisions to each organization visited by the end of the applicable quarter.
- The Foundation does not award the same organization another grant the next year, though the Foundation may, in certain cases, decide to pay out one grant in multiple years.
- Once an organization has been awarded a grant, the organization may re-apply with a new grant proposal no earlier than two years after payment for the previous grant is completed.