In grants announced in April 2012, the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is awarding an additional $270,885 to assist 48 families in repairing, rebuilding and furnishing homes destroyed in April 2011 tornadoes. The fourth round of grants from this Advised Fund of the Community Foundation includes the following grants in Cherokee, Dekalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison and Walker counties.
- $25,000 to purchase building materials for volunteer groups building homes for Walker County families, through Walker Area Community Foundation
- $25,000 to help families in Jackson and DeKalb counties with final repair and appliance purchases to complete their homes, through Upper Sand Mountain Parish
- $20,885 to help Cherokee County families with needs such as household goods and furnishings, through the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
- $100,000 to help Madison County families with construction materials, appliances and furnishing through United Way of Madison County
- $100,000 to help Limestone County families with repair, rebuilding and relocation costs, through United Way of Athens-Limestone County
As of March 2012, the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation has provided assistance for 424 families and their communities through a total of more than $2 million in grants across 25 counties that were among the hardest hit in the 2011 tornadoes. Support for these grants comes from $2.1 million raised in a June 2011 benefit concert organized and headlined by the band ALABAMA, as well as related text-to-give and on-line giving efforts.
“We are so pleased to connect these talented artists from the band Alabama with people and communities across our state so that they have had the opportunity to help in very specific ways,” said Kate Nielsen, president of the Community Foundation.
“The focus of the Bama Rising Advisory Committee has always been on people who are hurting and on communities struggling to recover,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives for the Community Foundation. “As the long-term effort continues, community leaders are seeing people who have worked hard, hoping to do it all themselves, now asking for help to fill the gaps they cannot do alone. They see volunteer workers ready to build homes, but unable to purchase the materials needed. With these grants, the many partners in the Bama Rising concert are truly making a difference.”
From all tornado-related funds of the Community Foundation, grants totaling $3 million have been made as of April 2012. You can learn more about how we are working on continued needs for tornado recovery or you can join so many others by making a gift to support survivors of tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.