How to Apply

The Lettie Pate Evans Foundation is an independent private foundation that invests primarily in education and arts and culture. Most grants are made to institutions in Georgia. Occasional grants are made to institutions in Virginia that were supported by Mrs. Evans during her life.


Your organization may be eligible for a grant if it:
  • Is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
  • Is located or operating in Georgia.
  • Is a Virginia institution that received support from Mrs. Evans during her life.
  • Aligns with the Foundation’s program interests in Education or Arts & Culture.
Review what the Foundation does not fund.

Application Deadlines

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.

Application Process

  1. Review our eligibility requirements (above), grantmaking guidelines and our program interests in Education or Arts & Culture. We encourage you to submit an informal inquiry to to determine if you should apply for a grant.
  1. Submit a request using our online grant portal by clicking the “Submit Grant Request Letter” button below. You will be asked to log in to your organization’s account. Note each organization is permitted only one account in the portal, which should be managed by a single contact who is responsible for all submissions. Click “Create New Account” only if your organization is using the portal for the first time.

    After logging in, you will be asked to enter your organization’s tax ID number and complete a short eligibility quiz. If you are eligible to apply for a grant, you will proceed to an application form that requests contact information and the following materials uploaded as a single PDF:
    • Grant request letter that is prepared on letterhead, dated, signed by your organization’s leadership, and addressed to P. Russell Hardin, President of the Woodruff, Whitehead and Evans Foundations. We prefer letters that are concise and no more than 5 pages long before attachments. Please address the following in your letter.
      • Organization: Describe your organization’s mission, history and programs. If applicable, include program outcomes, any significant partnerships, and population served (please share demographic and geographic information if available).
      • Funding request: Describe the initiative for which you seek support, including the challenges you intend to address, your goals, implementation timeline, expected outcomes, and capacity to achieve your goals. If the initiative adds costs to your annual budget, please share how you will fund those costs long-term.
    • Itemized project budget, including all major categories of expense. If personnel expense is part of your project budget, please indicate the number of staff.
    • Operating budget, including budgeted and actual amounts for all major income and expense categories for your current fiscal year.
    • Fundraising status report, including all sources of support in hand or anticipated. Please include totals.
    • Financial statements, including most recent audit report.
    • Board list, including name, title and professional affiliation for each member. Please note officers.
    • Current IRS determination letter.
  1. You can save and return to a grant request at any time. To return to a saved request, click the “Return to Saved Grant Request” button below.

Grant Review Process

Grant requests are reviewed by our president, grants program director and program officers. If your request is clearly not within the giving interests of the Foundation, we will notify you promptly by email.

If your request is accepted for consideration at the next meeting of our Board of Trustees, you will be notified by letter and contacted by Foundation staff for a meeting or site visit.

All grant decisions are made by our Trustees at their board meeting based on the merits of your request and the priorities of the Foundation. The Foundation will notify you of its decision by letter within one week of the Board of Trustees meeting.


Please review our FAQs for answers to common questions. If you have additional questions about our grantmaking process or programs, please contact Jenny Zhang Morgan at If you require technical assistance with our grant portal, please contact Emily Patteson at