Foundation Grants

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and pioneering initiatives that harmonize society, business and the environment for the present generation and tomorrow’s child.

We achieve this mission through inspiring and funding innovative, educational and project-based initiatives that promomte visionary change in society.

Two types of grants are awarded annually: Gray Notes™ Grants and Sustaining Grants.

Gray Notes Grants

Gray Notes™ Grants were created in honor of the comments and questions Ray would write to his Interface associates on his gray notepad, encouraging them to solve the next great sustainability challenge his company faced.  We likewise hope to encourage and support our grantees in solving particular sustainability problems that our society currently faces.  Since the Foundation's relaunch in 2012, the trustees have identified three lead projects that they have committed to support long-term through Gray Notes Grants:  The Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business, the Mission Zero® Corridor Project and the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

Other Gray Notes Grants

In addition to our three core grant programs, the Foundation has awarded a number of other Gray Notes™ Grants to universities and nonprofits with which we have longstanding relationships.

Sustaining Grants

Sustaining Grants are for general operating support to organizations with which we want to "sustain" close relationships.

Please note: The Ray C. Anderson Foundation accepts grant applications by invitation only, with funding preference in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia.  To access tax returns and the tax determination letter for the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, click here.