Community Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in Grants

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced 1,063,500 in grants to 33 area nonprofits 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 teen engineering program to a mobile screening unit to provide eye exams for seniors 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 2017 focus on two parts of our four-part Results Framework: $246,500 to ensure children are successful along the educational pipeline and $817,000 to ensure people can lead healthy lives.

More than $375 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 Friday, August 4, 2017, 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 2017 grants