In 2018, Grants to Green celebrated 10 wonderful years of saving water and energy and building capacity for more mission-driven work. Download the 10 year Grants to Green report to learn how the program became so successful in its lifetime.


Grants to Green is transforming the nonprofit sector by encouraging nonprofits to renovate, expand or construct buildings that are energy and water efficient. The ultimate goal is to improve a nonprofit’s facility to minimize environmental impact and increase the cost-efficiency of operations, making the financial savings available to be put back into the nonprofit’s mission.


Nonprofits in The Community Foundation’s 23-county Atlanta region can apply for Assessment Awards or Implementation Grants. An Assessment Award is not a cash grant, but a service performed for the nonprofit by Southface. Southface conducts assessments for existing or planned facilities and recommends opportunities to optimize operations, particularly related to energy and water use. Once an assessment has been completed, the nonprofit will be eligible to apply for an Implementation Match Grant to help reduce the capital costs associated with implementing projects recommended in the assessment report.

We encourage you to visit The Community Foundation for eligibility criteria and current grant opportunities.


"With each $1,500 we save on operational expenses, we can provide one youth a quality one-to-one mentoring experience for one year."

- Janice McKenzie-Crayton, President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta


Grants to Green is Helping Nonprofits Elevate Their Missions

The Grants to Green story began when The Kendeda Fund approached leadership of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (CFGA) in 2007 with a bright idea. The Kendeda Fund wanted to initiate a grant-making program that would transform the nonprofit sector by encouraging nonprofits to renovate or build healthier workplaces that are energy, water and resource efficient.

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Telling A Different Story: Sustainability As A Means To Increase Mission-Driven Capacity And Strengthen Communities

How does a building energy audit feed hungry people? Serve at-risk youth? Grow an arts program? Believe it or not, this isn’t a nonsequitur – it’s a demonstrated fact. Nonprofits are excellent targets for energy and water efficiency upgrades in their facilities as they are under pressure to reduce expenses and often occupy inefficient buildings…

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Grants to Green Program Wins Atlanta E3 Award

Grants to Green has been recognized for excellence again! The program won the Community Strong Award at the annual Atlanta E3 Awards on Tuesday, October 4.

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