As news circulates about the awarding of new Department of Transportation funding through the TIGER program, it’s exciting to imagine the possibilities for putting these federal dollars to good use here in Birmingham. Whatever details follow the June 22 announcement in Pratt City by Rep. Terri Sewell, Mayor William Bell and the Department of Transportation, $10 million will provide a great boost to a growing network of complete streets, trails and pathways.
The grant also proves the value of the great public-private partnership that provided the essential local match. Thanks to our Community Funds, contributed by generous people in the past, and support from donors today through their Advised Funds, the Community Foundation was able to commit $387,100.
“When we look at the Results we all are working toward — from vibrant communities to healthy lives — we see potential for true transformation with this investment,” said Kate Nielsen, Community Foundation president. “We also see the power of partnerships with other funders, including the Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation and the Susan Mott Webb Charitable Trust, UAB and the Jefferson County Department of Health, all helping us do more together than any of us can do alone.”
We look forward to learning more about which great projects will get under way soon and to continuing our work with so many great partners. Contact Kathryn Corey if you want to make a grant from your Advised Fund to support this or other projects to transform our community.