Other Ways You Can Help
Birmingham Business Relief Fund
The Birmingham Business Relief Fund is a community response to the needs of Birmingham’s small businesses affected by unrest that occurred in downtown Birmingham the night of Sunday, May 31, 2020. With seed money provided by Spire and bolstered by other corporate and individual donors, the fund is a collaborative effort between the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Alliance, REV Birmingham, Urban Impact and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham — all committed to helping businesses rebuild and prosper.
Birmingham Strong Fund
In partnership with the City of Birmingham we have also opened the Birmingham Strong Fund. This emergency loan fund is for small businesses in Birmingham to help stabilize employment, stimulate economic vitality and offset losses related to the coronavirus.
Red Zone Fund
The Red Zone Fund has been created with the support of Pleasant Grove native James Bradberry of the New York Giants to support those affected by COVID-19 in the Pleasant Grove and Hueytown communities.
To make a donation by check or other assets to any of these funds, please contact the Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Services team
Community Foundation Crisis Response Update
April 9 Update
The Community Foundation provided a grant to support the Birmingham Business Resource Center in providing navigation support exclusively to nonprofits who are applying for funding through the Payroll Protection Program of the CARES Act. Nonprofits can call 205.250.6380 x 6611 to access the hot line for questions and support.
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
Our board has committed $250,000 of our own grantmaking funds to provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every contribution made to our Covid-19 response funds. That means that for every dollar you donate, two dollars will go to relief efforts. 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.
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.
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.