FAQs

How do I begin the process of requesting a grant?

First, confirm your organization’s eligibility and be sure your work aligns with the foundation’s giving priorities. To be considered for funding, your organization must complete the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through the foundation’s online grant portal.

Am I eligible?

We fund only organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as having 501(c)(3) status that align with our Mission. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Will my phone call count as my Letter of Inquiry (LOI)?

No, every organization must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) on our website to be considered.

Should I contact individual Trustees to get support for my organization before I submit my Letter of Inquiry (LOI)?

We strongly discourage direct contact with our individual Trustees unless we initiate the communication. We recommend working directly with our Executive Director.

Do you have geographic limitations?

Yes, grant requests from organizations outside of the Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area are not commonly considered for funding. When Mrs. Moore started the Foundation, one of her wishes was that preference be given to organizations operating in or providing programs which are carried out in Metropolitan Atlanta and primarily within the City of Atlanta.

What types of Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) are ineligible for consideration?

Almost without exception, the Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Galas, benefits, and other fundraising events
  • Conferences or symposia
  • Concerts, theater or media performances, or art exhibitions that are not connected to current grants
  • Disease-specific organizations
  • Public or private colleges and universities


What types of requests are eligible for consideration?

To get an idea of the projects we might fund, check out what we have funded in the past in our Recent Grants page.

Does the Foundation fund newly formed organizations?

Yes. Our trustees will review grants from organizations which have recently received 501 (c)(3) designation letter. If you have not received your 501 (c) (3) designation letter, wait to complete a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) until you have it.

Are you considering organizations that are not prior grantees?

Yes, we are always interested in learning about organizations which are not known to us yet and the innovative ways to solve problems or support Atlanta. You may submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by clicking here.

I meet the basic eligibility requirements. Is my organization a match for the Foundation’s interests and priorities?

Often, organizations meet the eligibility requirements and fit into the interests and priorities of the Foundation but there is not funding in your Focus area. In such case, your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) will be declined so that you can better use the time you would have spent completing our proposal.

Are Foundation Staff available for meetings with grant seekers to see if our interests are aligned?

Given our small staff, we are unable to meet individually with each grant seeker before submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). After you submit your LOI we may contact you to gain further insight beyond your narratives or what we see on your website.

Are there minimums or maximums on the amount of grants?

Our typical grants range from $25,000 to $100,000; however, we look at all requests in proportion to programs, an organization’s budget, and needs. Our Executive Director will guide applicants on the appropriate amount for which to ask.

If I submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), when can I expect to hear from the Foundation?

When a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is submitted, you will receive an automatic reply telling you that your inquiry has been received. This automatic reply will also tell you when you should expect to hear and answer from the Foundation about moving forward or not.

My Letter of Inquiry (LOI) was declined. When can I reapply for support?

If you are not invited to submit a full proposal this time around we will make every effort to provide you with reasons and timing for possible future requests. Often after we review your LOI we determine that your organization is not in line with our funding priorities and we will recommend that you not submit another LOI. Please bear in mind that we receive many Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) from deserving organizations and unfortunately cannot fund all of them.

Why was my Letter of Inquiry (LOI) declined?

Please bear in mind that we receive many Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) from deserving organizations and unfortunately cannot fund all of them. On average only 1 in 10 LOI’s are approved.

My Letter of Inquiry (LOI) was approved and I have been asked to submit a proposal. What happens now?

Now we will contact you with basic information such as, password to access the on-line proposal form, due dates, and instructions to sign up for a site visit. We strongly recommend that you review the Tips for Writing Proposals sheet.

Does the Foundation have proposal deadlines?

Yes, we have proposal deadlines. Once you have been asked to submit a full proposal we will provide you with the deadlines. See our Calendar to gain further understanding of our grant cycles.

May I hand-deliver my proposal?

No. We only accept proposals via our website.

Are there minimums or maximums on the dollar amount of each grant?

No, there are no set minimums or maximums. Our typical grants range from $25,000 to $100,000; however, we look at all requests in proportion to programs, an organization’s budget, and needs. Our Executive Director will guide applicants on the appropriate amount for which to ask.

I can’t access my proposal, where can I get the password?

A password is required to access your assigned proposal. This will come via email from the Foundation notifying you that you have been invited to submit a full proposal. We recommend accessing the proposal immediately. If you have trouble you will be able to get that taken care of right away.

Should I contact individual Trustees to get support for my grant proposal?

We strongly discourage direct contact with our individual Trustees unless we initiate the communication. We recommend working directly with our Executive Director

Does the Foundation look for specific items in a proposal?

The Trustees appreciate concise applications that include:

  • a clear description of the organization purpose and history
  • a well-developed business plan
  • well-articulated goals and objectives surrounding impact
  • evidence of strong internal fiscal management and long-term fiscal viability
  • evidence of personnel with qualifications to achieve organizational goals
  • realistic dollar amount of request
  • evidence of enhancement of services or enriching the lives of your constituents
  • capability to measure results and communicate findings and lessons learned


How do I know what focus area I should be in?

Do not worry, this is an internal decision that the Trustees determine.


Will the Foundation help me write my proposal?

No, the Foundation will not assist you in writing your grant. We are here to answer your questions. We will make every effort to be transparent and provide feedback on your draft proposal if requested.

When does the Foundation notify organizations of funding?

We notify the organizations within the week following board meetings. Meetings are held in the Spring and Fall of each year. Exact due dates and meeting dates will be given to applying organizations.

Are there minimums or maximums on the amount of grants?

Our typical grants range from $25,000 to $100,000; however, we look at all requests in proportion to programs, an organization’s budget, and needs. Our Executive Director will guide applicants on the appropriate amount for which to ask.

Do you provide annual grants?

Yes, we have made grants to the same organization several years in a row. However, every organization must apply each year. It is rare that we fund multi-year grants. If a grant is not awarded, an organization may apply again.

Do you provide operating grants?

Yes. All of our Trustees are actively involved in local non-profit organizations and understand the challenges of operating a non-profit as well as the challenges of obtaining operating grants. The bulk of our grants are general operating.

May I meet your Executive Director during the proposal process?

Yes. You will work directly with our Executive Director on your proposal. We are here to answer any questions as well as assist with forming an appropriate request.

May I meet with your Trustees regarding my proposal?

We encourage grant seekers to contact our Executive Director directly rather than contacting our Trustees. Frequently, our Trustees will attend meetings or site visits. Our Executive Director coordinates these events.

Will you conduct a site visit?

Yes. We conduct site visits for organizations that have been invited to submit a full proposal. We like to meet with the executive team as well as with board members and constituents of your programs.

How does the Foundation review board contributions?

The Trustees of SGMF look closely at the dollar amount that each board collectively contributes.

I can’t upload my financials what should I do?

Please contact our office for assistance.
Does the Foundation require a midterm report?

The bulk of our grants are annual grants and do not require a midterm report. Sometimes we will require a midterm report. We will let you know the reporting expectations before sending your grant.

Does the Foundation require a Final Grant Report?

Yes, we have a final grant form for you to complete at the end of your grant year. We will send you the report at the end of your grant period and prompt you with the due date. We value your input and would like to learn how our investment was used to help your organization and if it made a difference. Failure to submit a Final Grant Report timely will disqualify an organization from applying in future grant cycles.

How do I access the Final Report?

Sign in to our website and the Final Report or follow-up report will be visible on your home button.

We have had a change of staff, how do we access our Final Report?

It is imperative to keep the Foundation notified of any changes in staffing. You must contact us so we can add your new user so the Final Report will be visible. We do not recommend using the log-on credentials of a former employee.

What happens if we did not achieve the outcome measure goals on our Proposal?

Setting reasonable goals on your proposal is important. When those goals are not met, the Trustees want to know about the variance of goals to actual. The Final report form has room for explanations. Often, other goals are met beyond the goals set in your proposal. Our Trustees take every opportunity to learn from disappointments. Not meeting outcome measurements does not automatically mean that you will not be considered in the future.