Qualifications and Guidelines


The geographic focus of these foundations is metropolitan Atlanta ONLY.
These foundations do not accept unsolicited grant applications from outside metropolitan Atlanta unless an organization has been specifically named by the donor as an eligible recipient.

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Only one application form is needed to apply to all six foundations. Each proposal submitted is automatically considered for funding from the SunTrust Trusteed Foundations.

Community benefit and return on investment are primary considerations in distribution decisions.
The Trustee will consider requests for capital improvements such as buildings, furniture and equipment, and alterations to existing structures. Applications also will be considered for special projects or "one-time" needs of a financial well-being or community nature and pilot programs, which do not commit the funds to recurring expenditures.

Grants from the foundations are made by the Distribution Committee to non-profit metropolitan Atlanta organizations that are fiscally sound and serve important needs in the community.
These foundations will not consider requests for general operating support such as salaries, maintenance, and debt service, or requests by political organizations, churches or individuals. Usually grants will be made only to organizations with records of successful operation, without a deficit for at least a year.

Other Distribution Committee considerations include:
  • Emphasis on metropolitan Atlanta
  • Organization/community coordination and support
  • Timeliness and precedence
  • Organization management and governance
  • Grant multiplier effect
  • Human value and self-help emphasis
  • Ultimate benefit to the community
  • Financial management
  • Implementation of a Strategic Plan