Grantmaking Guidelines

May Abreu and Francis Abreu

The May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust funds organizations in the Atlanta area only (Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties). Exceptions are made for areas where the Abreu’s have lived. The foundation supports organizations that meet critical community needs in the areas of children’s and senior services and animal welfare. Types of support include capital campaigns; program development; seed money; and matching funds. The foundation does not approve requests for operating or grants to individuals.

The foundation has a two-phased application process. All organizations wishing to apply for a grant must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to the foundation. Even if an organization has received funding from Abreu in the past, the LOI is required. After reviewing your LOI, you will either be notified that your request has been declined OR you will receive a link to the full application. All requests must be submitted using the online system. If an LOI or full application is received after the deadline, it will be moved into the next grant cycle.

The Trust typically requests interested organizations to submit an online Letter of Inquiry, after which vetted organizations may be asked to complete a full online application.

In 2020 there will be no additional Letters of Inquiry or applications accepted.

Applications already submitted for Spring 2020 will be considered in Fall 2020.


  • The Foundation funds organizations in the Atlanta area only, specifically in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties.
  • Eligible organizations must have an annual budget of under $5 million (exceptions are made for legacy organizations or those with special family interest).


The Trust typically has two grantmaking cycles. However, in 2020 there will be only one grantmaking cycle; applications submitted for consideration in Spring 2020 have been deferred to Fall of 2020. There will be no additional Letters of Inquiry or applications accepted in 2020.

When to Apply Next

The next open solicitation process will be the spring 2021 grant cycle with Letters of Inquiry due on January 15, 2021. The online application portal will open up on approximately November 15, 2020.

The Trust has two grantmaking cycles.

Spring Cycle:

  • LOI Deadline – 1/15
  • Full Proposal Deadline – 3/31

Fall Cycle:

  • LOI Deadline – 6/30
  • Full Proposal Deadline- 9/30