COVID Relief and Recovery Efforts

In 2020, so much changed, both from the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the joined voices of our communities calling for greater racial equity and justice. We are grateful to the commitment of our staff and Board, generous donors and nonprofit partners that worked with us as we shifted our focus to ensure that critical needs were met across our region, especially for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Community Foundation Crisis Response Update

COVID-19 Response Grants – Phase Three

COVID-19 Response Grants – Phase Two

COVID-19 Response Grants – Phase One

Community Foundation Operations
First, while our offices are closed, our entire team is working closely to support response to the immediate and long-term needs of the community. Through various platforms we are continuing to work with our donors and community partners to manage day-to-day business. In addition, we will continue to communicate important information through social media and email messages like this.

Community Foundation Response
Click here to read about our Phase One COVID Response

The Foundation has reopened our Emergency Response Fund to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This fund has been utilized for more than 20 years to support our region during times of need. This fund will allow us to raise and mobilize resources and provide support to communities throughout our region that are disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

If you are interested in supporting the Foundation’s efforts, you can read more in the links below or reach out to our Development Team. Together, we can meet this challenge and ensure that our region has the resources it needs to weather the challenges ahead and emerge stronger than ever.

In addition, our Programs Team is communicating with nonprofit and community partners to identify pressing needs as well as efforts to recover, rebuild and plan for the future.

Please learn more about this crucial fund by clicking here.

The Foundation has also partnered with the City of Birmingham to launch the Birmingham Strong Fund. This emergency loan fund will support small businesses in the city of Birmingham to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the coronavirus. More than 60 individual community members and a number of local corporations and business leaders have already donated to this fund.

More information about the city’s  #BhamStrong efforts can be found here.

Finally, the Community Foundation is partnering with United Way of Central Alabama to reactivate the Long-Term Recovery Committee that will convene local organizations and funders to align response efforts. This committee was a vital resource in recovery efforts after the 2011 tornadoes that devastated our region, and we are confident that it will make a meaningful difference during these uncertain times.