Robert W. Woodruff Foundation: Education Grant

Robert W Woodruff Foundation Inc

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Next deadline: Aug 15, 2024

Later deadlines: Feb 1, 2025, Aug 15, 2025

Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $5,000,000

Fields of work: Education - Higher Education Education - K through 12 Education System Policy & Reform Teacher Development & Training

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project, Research

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, Coweta County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Fayette County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Henry County, Morgan County, Newton County, Paulding County, Pickens County, Rockdale County, Spalding County, Walton County Other eligible locations: Georgia (US state)

Location of residency: Georgia (US state)

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NOTE: The Foundation accepts grant requests throughout the year. We encourage you to submit before the deadlines listed below.

  • February 1 – Requests received by the first business day on or after February 1 will be considered at the April meeting of our Board of Trustees.
  • August 15 – Requests received by the first business day on or after August 15 will be considered at the November meeting of our Board of Trustees.

Robert Winship Woodruff

Robert Winship Woodruff was a remarkable businessman and philanthropist. He became president of The Coca-Cola Company in 1923 and guided it until his death in 1985, helping to shape the company from a local soft drink business into the world’s best-known brand.

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is an independent private foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life in Georgia by investing in health, education, economic opportunity and community vitality.

Our Approach

We pursue our mission by responding to community needs, typically making grants to institutions and projects with strong leadership and a broad base of support. The Foundation seeks to help organizations with a proven track record of success stretch further to seize new opportunities or to meet extraordinary needs.

Generally, the Foundation prefers not to be the only funder for a project, but to participate with the community in supporting initiatives led by others. The Foundation will occasionally make leading grants when the need is great and the initiative is compelling.


The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation believes education is vital to the quality of life in our region. It drives economic development and can end generational poverty. Although Mr. Woodruff did not attain a college degree himself, he recognized the value of education and made generous gifts to Atlanta’s academic institutions during his lifetime.

The Foundation’s investments in education make up a significant part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). The Foundation maintains a particular focus on higher education and invests in institutional priorities of the state’s private colleges and public research universities. The Foundation occasionally makes grants for public K-12 education and for select independent schools in metro Atlanta.


  • Development of Georgia’s public research universities
  • Institutional priorities of Georgia’s private colleges and universities
  • K-12 education at the state level and within Atlanta Public Schools, with an emphasis on improving educational standards, teacher quality and school leadership development

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  • The Foundation’s grantmaking is generally limited to organizations located and operating in metro Atlanta.
    • We will occasionally consider grants to significant institutions and initiatives in communities throughout Georgia.
  • Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it:
    • Is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
    • Is located or operating in Georgia.
    • Aligns with the Foundation’s program interests in Health, Education, Environment, Human Services, Arts & Culture or Community Development.


  • Successful grant applicants share these characteristics:
    • Strong executive and volunteer leadership
    • Track record of sustainable operations
    • Broad base of financial support
    • Proven program effectiveness


  • Education- what we do not fund: 
    • Endowments
    • Individual public schools or school programs
    • Private day schools outside of metro Atlanta
  • What we do not fund
    • Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
    • Organizations without a presence in Georgia
    • Human services outside of metro Atlanta
    • Churches or their denominational programs
    • Conferences
    • Debt relief
    • Endowments
    • Festivals, performances or exhibits
    • Films or documentaries
    • Fundraising events
    • Individuals
    • Individual public schools
    • Individual research projects
    • Loans
    • Political campaigns or lobbying activities
    • Professional associations
    • Private schools outside of metro Atlanta
    • Sponsorships or special events
    • Startup organizations or seed funding

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This page was last reviewed December 07, 2023 and last updated December 05, 2023