Grant Opportunities

Our Community Foundation offers a number of grant opportunities that are open to nonprofits serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties. These grants focus on five priority areas that guide our leadership, grantmaking and community support for the next decade.

Fall 2021 Grant Cycle

Organizations serving any part of the five-county Greater Birmingham region are invited to apply for a grant under one of our five Priority Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Economic Opportunity for All, Overcoming Persistent Poverty*, Regional Cooperation and Thriving Communities.

In the Fall 2021 Cycle, the Community Foundation will:

  • Return to a two-stage proposal process with a brief proposal stage and a full proposal stage.  Brief proposals are due by midnight, August 13, 2021. 
  • Offer general operating support grants on a limited basis to smaller organizations (up to $100K income) that demonstrate ongoing impacts from the COVID crisis.
  • Hold site visits with all applicants advancing to the full proposal stage. We will offer in-person and virtual site visit options.

Please review our Grant Guidelines before applying.

    Apply Here     

*We encourage applications under the Overcoming Persistent Poverty Priority that focus on strengthening supports for families.

Equity is a cross-cutting value for the Foundation and will continue to be a guiding principle in our grantmaking.  As the community’s foundation, we encourage applications from eligible organizations throughout our five-county region.


Spring 2021 Grants

2021 Ongoing Impacts of COVID Survey Summary Report

Other Grant Opportunities

Through the generosity of our donors Community Foundation offers funds that support organizations or programs addressing specific issues and needs in our community. Each of these fund has its own grant requirement process.

Partner With Us

Based on input from community members across the region, our vision is a just, prosperous and unified region where every person is empowered to reach their full potential. Together, we can attain that vision. A Community Foundation grant can support your work and the vision we share.

Learn how you can make an impact today