Recent Grants

Results Framework Cycle 2 Grants
Awarded in December 2018



Expand access to arts & cultural opportunities

  • Alabama Symphonic Association, Inc., $20,000 to provide education concerts for students of all ages in Title I schools in Blount, Walker, and St. Clair counties who have little access to arts programming, as well as providing curriculum for classroom teachers to continue music education.
  • Birmingham Children’s Theatre, $15,500 to support the 2019 Magic City Summer Theatre Festival which will provide a free showing of a classic story to engage children in theatre and make the production available to all citizens of the greater Birmingham community.
  • Create Birmingham, $50,000 to support the Jefferson County Memorial Project which will retrieve the Jefferson County Memorial marker from the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice, place historical markers at lynching sites in Jefferson County, and facilitate countywide discussion and programming around the history and present conditions of racism in the community.
  • Glenwood, Inc., $25,000 to create a structured art program providing opportunities for individuals with autism and other mental health issues, including hiring an art coordinator and constructing an art center, along with an amphitheater on the Glenwood campus.
  • Main Street Alabama, $7,000 to conduct a Phase Two Market Study to aid Jasper’s continued cultural renaissance, and to provide training to help the community be better prepared to recruit new businesses to Jasper.
  • Opera Birmingham, $5,000 to support the production of Glory Denied, the true story of a Vietnam POW, along with programming for the community, including events highlighting the stories of veterans and their families and free tickets for veterans to attend performances of the opera.
  • Studio By The Tracks, $15,000 to help the organization increase capacity by hiring an administrative and development assistant, allowing the executive director additional time for resource development.
  • University of Montevallo, $75,000 to support construction of a new Center for the Arts, that will provide comprehensive teaching and learning space to the College of Fine Arts as well as opportunities for collaboration across fine arts disciplines and for free community performances.

Further develop vibrant city center for Birmingham

  • Five Points West/Crossplex Merchant Alliance (REV Birmingham), $12,000 for grassroots to work on neighborhood beautification and formalize their organization.
  • Innovation Depot, $75,000 over two years to support the third cohort of the Velocity Accelerator, a 12-week, intensive program to provide entrepreneurs with seed-funds and intensive mentorship to foster innovation and growth from idea to maturation.
  • Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, $75,000 to assist with renovation of the church basement, which doubles as a visitor reception space for over one hundred thousand visitors each year, to install a narrative and museum exhibit around the events of the 1963 church bombing.
  • Urban Impact Inc., $54,000 to support implementation of a catalytic and comprehensive District Revitalization Initiative in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, including fostering business growth, promoting tourism and investment, and promoting equitable redevelopment.

Expand and improve public green space

  • City of Springville Parks and Recreation, $25,000 to plan, design, and build an entrance to the new Forever Wild Big Canoe Creek Nature Preserve, with 382 acres of undeveloped natural land and significant tourism potential. This will be the first nature preserve in St. Clair County.
  • Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR), $5,000 to support a feasibility study to plan to preserve and improve the Swann Bridge access point on the Locust Fork River (including a whitewater takeout) and identify opportunities for public/private partnerships, key collaborators and funding sources.
  • Lakeshore Foundation, $75,000 to create the Hilltop Trail, an accessible, measured, quarter-mile, 7-foot-wide trail. As the campus’ first outdoor exercise facility, the trail will access existing natural settings, increase on-campus green space, and connect campus buildings and parking.
  • Sloss Furnaces Foundation Inc., $12,500 to create a sustainable public green space on Sloss Furnace grounds that will promote education and recreation with an open classroom, native flora, and walking path. The space will be open to all.

Improve the natural environment

  • Alabama 4-H Foundation, $50,000 over three years to expand the 4-H Center’s kitchen and dining facilities to serve more youth through science school and overnight camp programs. The Alabama 4-H Center is located in Shelby County and annually sees 21,000 youth participate in science school and overnight programs and 1,400 in overnight summer camp.
  • Birmingham Zoo, Inc., $50,000 over two years to update and improve the Alabama Wilds educational area (showcasing the flora and fauna of Alabama) and add an outdoor classroom and ropes course.
  • Cahaba River Society, $50,000 over two years to provide technical assistance to municipalities to improve development review programs and stormwater design to reduce urban runoff and river erosion. The goals are to reduce mud pollution in the Cahaba River by 48%, protect drinking water, reduce flooding, restore freshwater wildlife, and support river recreation.


Improve housing stability

  • First Light, Inc., $50,000 to provide matching funds required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for rapid rehousing, including financial assistance and case management, of homeless individuals and families in greater Birmingham.
  • Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, $20,000 to provide housing counseling, create lending circles, and provide direct micro-loans for housing for individuals and families in greater Birmingham who have limited access to housing loans due to lack of collateral or credit history, or low income.
  • My Sister’s Place, Inc, $25,000 to increase capacity to house and stabilize women in recovery by renovating a 5,000 square foot building to house an additional 35 women following two phases of renovation.
  • Pathways, $40,000 to implement the Stepping Stones transitional shelter program to house sixteen women and children nightly and provide case management, basic needs, and educational and life skills classes to help guests achieve permanent housing.
  • Titusville Development Corp., $40,000 to implement universal design elements that make homes safe and accessible for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or stature for two prototype homes for seniors in the Titusville community.
  • Youth Towers, $25,000 support provision of basic needs (food, temporary housing, transportation, etc.) for youth aging out of foster care who are at high risk for homelessness. Each youth participates in creating an individualized action plan, learns basic adult living skills, and receives support in pursuing education or employment.

Increase direct services that positively impact low-income individuals and families

  • Brother Bryan Rescue Mission, $15,000 to add 10 workstations to the Adult Education Center to support additional participants in Ready to Work programming and to renovate an existing dorm with 75 beds to update the space and provide an additional 3 beds.
  • East Lake Initiative, $50,000 to support Hub Birmingham, a collaboration of East Lake Initiative, Serving You Ministries, Hope Inspired Ministries, and New Rising Star Community Development to support 30 single-mother-headed households with emergency services, and career and housing support.
  • Hope Enterprise Corporation, $50,000 over two years to support the opening this, the first Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the Greater Birmingham area to reach un- and underbanked households and provide access to the New Market Tax Credits program.
  • Housing Authority of Birmingham District, $100,000 to complete construction of an onsite community center in the Villas at Titusville (formerly Loveman Village) development to serve as a Campus of Hope with opportunities including job training, healthcare, and financial literacy.
  • McCoy Adult Day Care Center, $10,000 to increase capacity by support best practices training for the staff and incoming new executive director during a major leadership transition.
  • Shepherds Fold, Inc, $25,000 to support individuals in the re-entry program to participate in Ready to Work certification, as well as job skills training and to secure state identification to prepare for job placement.
  • Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham, $50,000 over two years to partner with YWCA to provide simultaneous legal assistance and case management to support low-income women and children in crisis with the legal and social services they need to become stably housed.
  • YWCA Central Alabama, $40,000 over two years to provide wrap around services to low income individuals while they complete job training or educational programs that lead to living wage jobs, in partnership with MPower Ministries, Jefferson State Community College, and the Woodlawn Foundation.

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

  • Faith in Action Alabama, $25,000 to support the Peacemaker program by hiring a full-time community organizer to help ensure the implementation in 2019 of a Birmingham anti-gun violence plan.
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