Community Foundation awards $1.4 million in grants

Donors support grants focusing on two Results for region Communities are Sustainable, Livable & Vibrant and Individuals and families are economically secure.

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,431,000 in grants to 27 area nonprofits that focus on improving economic security and further developing sustainable, livable communities in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties. These grants support a collection of innovative initiatives ranging from a pilot program for electronic recycling to a portable dance studio for pop-up dance performances in downtown Birmingham.

A total of $2.8 million has been awarded through the Community Funds competitive grantmaking program in 2014, including $1,399,000 in May toward results related to education and health. Support for the grants also came from Donor Advised Funds through the Community Foundation’s Giving Together program.

“These grants show the power of collective giving,” said Christopher Nanni, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We are able to make a greater impact together, thanks to bequests from generous people in the past and active partnerships with donors today to drive positive change across our community.”

Overall, the grants for Cycle 2 of 2014 focus on two parts of our four-part Results Framework: $883,000 to ensure that communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant and $548,000 to ensure individuals and families are economically secure. Each grant focuses on a specific strategy to reach the Results our community has said it wants.

The next cycle of grant applications opens on Monday, January 26, 2015, for proposals addressing two Results: “Children are successful along the educational pipeline” and “People can lead healthy lives.”  Click Here to see a complete listing of grants awarded.