Capital Grants Available from Soft Drink Foundation

Grant Advisor Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are always talking about outside-the-box funding opportunities and unsung giving heroes. This week we want to talk about a well-sung hero, the Coca-Cola Foundation. Year in and year out, the soft drink foundation is on our Top 10 list of funders because of its robust funding stream (it gave out about $70 million in grants last year) and broad eligibility.

Deadline: Rolling. Applications are reviewed quarterly.

The Coca-Cola Foundation supports projects which provide youth with the educational opportunities to become productive citizens. The foundation encourages new solutions to problems that impede educational systems and supports existing programs that work. Because the challenges for education are so broad, the foundation’s commitment is multifaceted. The education grants focus on programs that encourage students to stay in school and proceed with confidence to college and graduate school. Classroom teaching and learning grants focus on K-12 public; global education grants focus on global exchange programs that encourage international studies. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Schools have benefited.

The Pace Academy, Atlanta, won a $100,000 capital projects grant last year for the improvement of handicap access for disabled students throughout the main K-12 campus. The Education Foundation for Clinton City and Anderson County Schools, Clinton, TN, won a $25,000 grant for three community gardens to improve food quality, security, and access in Title I schools in Anderson County and surrounding communities.

Getting Started

Before applying for a foundation grant, a good place to start is by reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions portion of foundation website. Then, you should respond to the Eligibility Questionnaire as a part of the application process. Through the Coca-Cola Matching Gifts Program, eligible employees make personal contributions to qualified organizations and the foundation matches those contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.

Contact: 404/676-2121, The Coca-Cola Company, P.O. Box 1734, Atlanta, GA 30301; or Helen Smith Price, executive director, 404/676-2568 or email:

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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