FAQ’s

What is the Imlay Foundation?

The Imlay Foundation is a private foundation formed by John P. Imlay Jr. in 1990 to support charitable organizations within Atlanta and Scotland. It is the product of a deep family commitment to helping our communities thrive economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally.

Who may apply for grants from the Foundation?

The Imlay Foundation funds organizations largely in Metro Atlanta, Georgia; Hilton Head, SC; and Scotland that are classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a) of that code. Donations to particular foreign charities will be determined under Reg. 53.4942(a) – 3(a)(6) that such foreign charities would be described in Sections 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) or 4942(j)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

How do I request a grant?

Please see the United States Requirement Page for detailed information on requesting a grant.

Are there deadlines for applications?

Yes; our Board meets three times per year to review submissions.

Meeting Date LOIs received no later than Proposals received by
April Dec 15 Feb 1
September Apr 15 Jun 1
December Aug 15 Oct 1

Do you accept unsolicited proposals?

Please write a Letter of Intent (LOI) before submitting a proposal. See U.S. Requirements for detailed information.

When does the Foundation notify organizations of funding?

We notify the organizations the week following our board meetings. Meetings typically are held in April, September and December.

Are there minimums or maximums on the amount of grants?

No, we look at all requests in proportion to programs, an organization’s budget and needs. First time grants are generally in the $10,000 – $15,000 range.

Do you provide annual grants?

Ordinarily, we do not make a grant to the same organization in consecutive years. If a grant is not awarded, organizations may apply again in 12 months. Typically, we do not fund multi-year or consecutive year grants.

Do you provide operating grants?

Yes. We understand the challenges of operating a working non-profit. Similar to start up money for entrepreneurs, the Foundation seeks to support our partners’ work as well as their results.

My organization is outside of Metro Atlanta or Scotland. Can I still apply for funding?

With few exceptions, The Imlay Foundation is dedicated to our communities and prefers to fund the programs and organizations only within stated parameters.

How does the Foundation view administrative overhead costs?

The Foundation looks closely at overhead costs to ensure cost effective management of funds. There is no maximum requirement because there are several organizations whose sole purpose is to administer worthwhile programs, so we scrutinize the budget to understand an organization’s spending in respect to the programs it supports.