About our grants program
The grants we make to nonprofits in the Birmingham region come from a unique resource, the Community and Field of Interest Funds that make up one-third of our endowment. Through the generosity of donors these unrestricted gifts have helped to create and support these funds. Because of their foresight our community, now and in the future, has maximum flexibility to respond to urgent needs and be proactive in seeking new opportunities for our community.
Today, through Community and Field of Interest Funds, the Community Foundation makes grants focusing on our Results Framework twice a year to nonprofit organizations serving people in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. Organizations that wish to apply for funding should focus proposals on specific Results within each grant cycle.
Grants made through the Community Foundation’s competitive process support our Results Framework — Results and Strategies that helps us leverage all our work to drive positive change. In our annual grant process, we seek to have a profound impact on important areas of community life in these four areas:
• Children are successful along the education pipeline
• People can lead healthy lives
• Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant
• Individuals and families are economically secure
The Community Foundation supports a number of Initiatives, Field of Interest grants and scholarships that may invite proposals at different times of the year. These grantmaking efforts are narrowly tailored to address a particular issue or geographic area. Requests for proposal are released and publicized periodically through our website and through targeted communications.
Many of the grants awarded by the Community Foundation come from donor-advised funds. Grants from these funds are awarded by recommendation from the fund’s donor and/or advisor, often in consultation with our staff. Donor-advised grants can support items such as program needs, capital projects, or operating expenses, but cannot support individuals.