Community Foundation Awards $1.18 million in grants

Donors support grants focusing on two Results for region:  Children are successful along the education pipeline and People can lead healthy lives

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,186,800 in grants to 30 area nonprofits that focus on that focus on two Results: “Children are successful along the education pipeline” and “People can lead healthy lives.”  These grants support a collection of innovative initiatives ranging from a Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Railroad Park to revitalizing abandoned property for low to moderate income housing in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties.

This is the seventh year of competitive grantmaking using the Community Foundation’s Results Framework, which focuses on grants in line with four key strategies. The grants for Cycle 1 of 2016 focus on two parts of our four-part Results Framework: $390,000 to ensure children are successful along the educational pipeline and $796,800 to ensure people can lead healthy lives.

More than $358 million in grants have been awarded to the community since 1959. Support for these grants came from Donor Advised Funds through the Community Foundation’s Giving Together program. The Community Foundation unites the power of philanthropy with innovative strategies and connects people from all walks of life to understand community issues and create opportunities for positive, lasting change and improve the life of our region.

The next cycle of grant applications opens on Monday, August 8, 2016, for proposals addressing two Results: “Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant” and “Individuals and families are economically secure”.

Click here to view a full listing of Cycle 1 2016 grants