Recent Grants

Results Framework Cycle 2 Grants
Awarded in December 2017

RESULT: Individuals and families are economically secure 

Improve housing stability

  • Blanket Fort Hope, $8,500 to train and license therapeutic foster homes designated for child victims of human trafficking.
  • Changed Lives Christian Center, $40,000 for the renovation of four water-damaged restrooms in a transitional housing facility that provides housing, employment opportunities and transportation for chronically homeless men.
  • Family Promise of Birmingham, $6,600 to hire a development consultant to improve development and fundraising efforts in order to enhance services for homeless families in the Greater Birmingham area.
  • Titusville Development Corp., $50,000 to renovate and improve affordable housing facilities for low to moderate income seniors in the Titusville Community. Aging Focus

Increase public policy changes and direct services that positively impact low-income individuals and families.

  • A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, $125,000 over three years to build a new Boys & Girls Club facility that will increase the number of young people who will be served from 230 to 450. The new facility will also offer new capabilities including a teen center, commercial kitchen and a permanent performance space.
  • Blount County Children’s Center, $35,000 to add an ADA-compliant restroom, waiting room, and sound-insulated forensic interview room to serve victims of child abuse and their caregivers.
  • Collat Jewish Family Services, $50,000 over two years for the Personal Care service, increasing capacity by 33% for in-home personal care services like laundry, meal preparation and bathing for elderly clients, allowing them to stay in their homes. Aging Focus
  • Grace House Ministries, $50,000 over two years to fund a Life Skills Coach for girls 18-26 in their Transitional Living Program, which serves former foster girls who work or are enrolled in college.
  • Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham, $40,000 over three years to expand ramp-building program to serve individuals with disabilities in Blount, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker, and rural Jefferson counties. Aging Focus
  • Jefferson County District Attorney, $40,000 to expand the Helping Families Initiative from 40 families reached to 160. The program includes assessment, intervention and referral with a goal of preventing high-risk students from entering the juvenile justice system.
  • Shelby Emergency Assistance, $50,000 to renovate a new, donated space that will allow the program to expand and enhance services to low-income families in crisis as well as add a job training and certification program.
  • Vincent’s Foundation, $30,000 to expand Jeremiah’s Hope Academy, which provides training low-income for health care jobs, to North Jefferson, Blount and St. Clair counties.
  • Still Serving Veterans, $18,000 to hire a new case manager to expand their Veteran Resource Connections program into the Greater Birmingham area. This program identifies and coordinates resources and provides follow-up help for veterans (more than 40% of their clients are over age 50). Aging Focus
  • The Cooperative Downtown Ministries Inc. dba Firehouse Shelter Ministries, $100,000 over two years to build a new Firehouse Shelter, that will replace a 110 year old building and allow the program to serve additional clients and provide additional services.
  • The Jimmie Hale Mission, $13,000 to purchase computers for training facilities that have recently become part of AIDT’s Ready-To-Work program.
  • Urban Ministry, $50,000 to fund an Asset Based Community Development mapping process to develop new social enterprise projects to provide job training, employment opportunities and neighborhood revitalization in the West End community.
  • The WellHouse, $50,000 to build new transitional housing for victims of human trafficking who have completed intensive treatment
  • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc., $40,000 over three years to support local assessment and evidence-based changes addressing school discipline actions that disproportionately impact students of color and their success.
  • Faith in Action Alabama, $12,000 to engage clergy and congregations in the Birmingham area who have been hard-hit by gun violence.

 RESULT: Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant

Expand access to arts and cultural opportunities

  • 90.3 WBHM, $50,000 to expand local journalism and increase coverage of local issues and opportunities through a new, hour-long weekday call-in show.
  • Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, $20,000 to fund a part-time employee to expand hours of Bib & Tucker Sew-Op’s new shop in the Woodlawn area. This will allow them to increase utilization of the space and develop additional income for the program.
  • Birmingham Black Radio Museum, $5,000 to upload and transcribe more than 90 interviews from 1936 to 1989 with political figures, entertainers, authors and radio personalities. The material will be publically accessible on the BBRM website in time for Alabama’s Bicentennial.
  • Blountsville Historical Park, $16,000 to construct a Blacksmith Shop in the Freeman Museum at the park. The new facility will be used for demonstration and display of the historical society’s blacksmith tools and equipment.
  • CEPA Management Corp, $25,000 to upgrade technology for the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA) theatre in St. Clair County. CEPA’s county-wide drama education program has generated increased usage of the facility including five new community and school drama clubs that have formed in the last year.

Expand and improve public green space

  • City of Bessemer, $50,000 to extend Bessemer’s first-ever rail to trail from Berkley Ave to Arlington Avenue. The trail is part of the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System and includes the construction of a pedestrian bridge.
  • City of Oneonta, $3,500 to launch Bikes with a Badge, promoting safety and access to Oneonta’s three parks. The program will equip two police officers who will patrol the area on bicycles.
  • Freshwater Land Trust, $50,000 over two years to pilot an Adopt-a-Trail program that will recruit and manage volunteers for upkeep and trash collection along the Red Rock Trail System.
  • Montevallo Development Cooperative District, $30,000 to convert a parking lot in the center of Montevallo into vibrant, interactive green space. The space will provide a community gathering space featuring an outdoor classroom, a Bioswale and event space.

 Further develop vibrant city center for Birmingham

  • Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism, $15,000 to support a reporter at Birmingham Watch, a local news resource that focuses on public service, investigative and explanatory content in the areas of environment, economy education and government. This reporter will focus on issues that affect economic development in the area.
  • Create Birmingham, $50,000 over two years to create CO.SHOP, a shared retail opportunity for CO.STARTERS small business graduates with a goal of expanding creative entrepreneurship in the city center.
  • McWane Science Center, $60,000 to convert and upgrade the IMAX Dome Theater from a film-based platform to digital. The upgrade will also include updating the seating, sound system, and screen in the theater

Improve the natural environment

  • Alabama Wildlife Center, $60,000 to create a state-of-the-art educational enclosure for the Bald Eagle and Eurasian-eagle owl at the Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park.
  • Black Warrior Riverkeeper, $30,000 over three years to implement ambient water quality monitoring at eight key sites on the river. This will provide data to establish a baseline for overall water quality in the river.
  • Cahaba Riverkeeper, $12,000 over two years to support the Bank Assessment Stability and Sediment project. The project will be the first-ever longitudinal survey of the Cahaba River and is critical to long-term ecosystem protection and restoration.
  • Coosa Riverkeeper, Inc., $30,000 over three years to hire a program manager to meet increasing demand for public education, manage Swim and Fish Guide programs and add organizational capacity for fundraising and development.
  • Magic City Woodworks, $30,000 to purchase a kiln to speed the utilization of donated hardwood for projects that help train apprentices, provide low-cost furniture to families in need and improve environmental sustainability measures.
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