The AEC Trust is a private foundation established in 1980 as a philanthropic, grantmaking organization. It is governed by an Advisory Board that sets policy and is responsible for the review of grants. The foundation is unable to respond to telephone inquiries.

Funding Policies and Interests

Grants are awarded to charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No grants are made to individuals.

The foundation responds more favorably to proposals coming from the geographical regions of Gainesville, Florida; Atlanta or Decatur, Georgia (within Fulton or Dekalb Counties); Boulder, Colorado; and New England.

Funding has traditionally focused on arts and culture; education; environment; and health and human services (especially those which target women's issues or people living with AIDS); but can include areas in which the Advisory Board has special knowledge and interest.

Requests for endowment; annual fund campaigns; sponsorships; and special events are discouraged.

Grants are not made to affiliates of large public charities such as The United Way, The March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, etc. Instead, the foundation prefers to fund organizations that do not receive wide public support.  Grants are not made to individuals.

Government agencies, political and religious organizations do not receive funding. Occasional exceptions have been made for religious groups which provide social services in the community at large.

Grant requests should be made within the $10,000 to $50,000 range and should not exceed 50% of total budget.

Grant Application Procedures


The AEC Trust Advisory Board meets twice a year to consider grant proposals. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals well in advance of, but no later than, April 1st for our May meeting and September 1st for our October meeting.

Access to the online Eligibility Quiz and subsequent application will be closed for 45 days following each deadline and the "START" button will not appear below. Please check back after May 15th to access the Eligibility Quiz for the Fall meeting and after October 15th for the Spring meeting.

Step 1: Take our Eligibility Quiz

Please click on the START button below to take our online Eligibility Quiz to help you identify if your request meets our granting guidelines. Please note that the START button is only available when we are in an open application window and are accepting new applications. If the button does not appear, check back during the next application window (see above).

Step 2: Submit your online Application

Organizations that meet our requirements will be invited to submit a full proposal by completing an online Application.

Additional Information

The AEC Trust prefers to initiate site visits, if needed, and generally discourages pre-application meetings. Proposals are screened and evaluated upon receipt. Organizations are notified promptly as to the status of each proposal. Those that are considered inappropriate under the guidelines are declined on a rolling basis.

Should you have technical questions regarding the online submission process, please contact our administrator, Foundation Source, at premiersupport@foundationsource.com, and they will be happy to assist you.

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