What We Fund what-sapelo-funds

It is the desire of the Foundation to serve as a catalyst for new practices and ideas and to respond to other challenges or opportunities that are unique to Georgia.

The Sapelo Foundation is a private family foundation focusing its funding within the state of Georgia. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that involve multiple groups that work cooperatively toward common goals, accomplish systemic reform, and have a statewide impact. In addition, the Foundation gives special attention to low-resource regions in the state and innovative, community-based projects within the Foundation’s focus areas. The Foundation does not support projects operating solely within the Metro Atlanta Area.

The Foundation’s grantmaking policies reflect the belief that organizational performance is greatly enhanced when people of different backgrounds and perspectives are engaged in an organization’s activities and decision-making process. Thus, the Foundation actively seeks to promote access, equity, and inclusiveness, and to discourage discrimination based on race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and other factors that deny the essential humanity of all people.

The Foundation reserves the right to remain flexible in its grantmaking policies.

The Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Brick-and-mortar, building projects or renovations, including construction materials and labor costs
  • Endowment funds
  • Fraternal groups or civic clubs
  • Health care initiatives or medical research
  • Museums, aquariums or other large public facilities
  • Individuals
  • National or regional organizations, unless their programs specifically benefit Georgia and all funds are spent within the state
  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt
  • Payment of debts

To view the previous grant lists click here.