Spring 2021 Grants
Fostering Equity and Inclusion

The Spring 2021 Grant Cycle had a special focus on our Equity and Inclusion Priority with two new Requests for Proposal: Engaging Diverse Communities and Advancing Equity in Grantmaking.

Engaging Diverse Communities grants were made in partnership with the Instruments of Hope Unity Fund to support organizations who are working to advance unity and collaboration in our region.

  • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, $75,000 to support Reset (co-funded with the Instruments of Hope Unity Fund) a new program in partnership with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, that works to dismantle systemic racism pervasive in low-felony convictions. Reset provides a pathway for young people arrested for first time, low-level felonies to participate in short-term programs in lieu of prosecution.
  • Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice United, $20,000 to support the work of community leaders across Alabama in collecting and sharing the stories of immigrants and their families.
  • Red Mountain Theater Company, $20,000 to support preparation for the 4th annual Human Rights New Works Festival, including the commissioning of two works: Memorial, which will honor the lives of lynching victims from Jefferson County, and Word of Mouth, which will tell the stories of local Holocaust survivors. 

Advancing Equity in Grantmaking is designed to address racial disparities and build the capacity of Black-led organizations working to build and sustain Black communities. The Foundation partnered with the Birmingham Change Fund, a 16 year old African-American giving circle housed at the Foundation, to implement this RFP.

  • Breakthrough Birmingham, $15,000 to support an explicit shift toward equity-centered programming, including: a curriculum rewrite; teacher training on anti-racism and trauma-informed practices; literacy training on social justice/activism texts; books written by/about BIPOC; creating community discussions; and increasing student leadership.
  • Bronze Valley Corp., $30,000 to expand the C-Suite technical advisory to more diversely led companies and scale the accelerator to support more companies from underserved communities and students from HBCUs.
  • Cancer Awareness Network for Children, Inc., $13,000 to further the Telehealth Service program pilot designed to provide education and decrease the mortality rate for cancer patients.
  • Community Care Development Network, $10,000 to increase capacity and infrastructure by engaging in a strategic planning process, annual auditing process and developing a funding strategy.
  • Croom Foundation, $13,000 to support the Everyday Lifting Individuals Through Excellence program that provides teen students with the tools needed to create a solid educational foundation.
  • Exposure Community Development Corporation, $11,000 in operational support to help improve early learning by creating a positive learning experience, improve test scores, language skills, math Skills, and creativity; to provide free music lessons to underserved individuals and providing them an opportunity to showcase their talents.
  • God Did It Ministries, $11,000 to identify and meet the needs of primarily black families, at-risk youth, and low-income residents by providing food, shelter, transportation, home repairs, and health assistance.
  • Modern House Inc., $18,000 to accelerate the coffee shop opening and ensure its first full year of operations will continue to provide employment, life skills training, and workforce development for vulnerable populations in Birmingham.
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham, Inc., $20,000 in operational and capacity building support to provide eviction/foreclosure prevention, rental assistance, housing counseling, repair projects, and financial coaching.
  • Offender Alumni Association, $25,000 in operational support to create a network of former offenders and their families who uniquely support and inspire each other to reduce recidivism, develop healthy relationships within their communities, and share opportunities for social, economic, and civic empowerment.
  • Run Bike & Swim Inc., $10,000 to support Got My Shot, a strategic educational and empowerment program that addresses vaccine hesitancy.
  • Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, $35,000 to build capacity and provide initial funding of a Director of Tourism that will focus on financial management, fund raising, and tourism.
  • TAP Inc., $10,000 to assist with a STEM program that focuses on increasing low-income, minority student-athletes’ interest and success in STEM.
  • Titusville Development Corp., $20,000 to support Phase II of the Greek Street Initiative that will revitalize the North Titusville community through replacing housing stock, repurposing vacant lots, and providing residents with resources.
  • TruFund Financial Services, Inc., $30,000 to strengthen organizational capacity to continue improving the economic conditions within MWBE, with a special focus on predominately Black communities.
  • Urban Impact Inc., $50,000 in staff support to ensure quality program delivery, resource generation, operations, and communications to advance work in equity and inclusion.
  • Woodlawn Foundation, $15,000 to support the Leadership Accelerator and Civic Engagement Fellowship program that addresses Woodlawn’s gap in access to leadership development opportunities.
  • Yellowhammer Fund, $10,000 to enhance and expand Margins, a program led by black women from the communities that they serve to provide material and financial support to marginalized mothers in the Elyton, Avondale, and Kingston housing communities.
Creating Economic Opportunity for All
  • ASL Creative Firm, $25,000 to support the firm in creating spaces, partnerships, and education with the purpose of eliminating the racial wealth gap by supporting the creation and scale of black-owned businesses; services include technical assistance, business coaching, success and execution management, project management, and business model adjustments.
  • College Admissions Made Possible, $30,000 to incorporate career readiness and planning components, including paid internship placements and career coaching workshops, into CAMP’s high school programming.
  • College Choice Foundation, $40,000 to support the Bateman Scholars Program, which provides students with an immersive college admissions summer camp, ACT prep, resume and financial aid application assistance, and college visits.
  • Hearts of Wheels, $30,000 to support the Car Ownership and Mentoring Program that empowers economically disadvantaged youth by providing participants with a car and with car safety, maintenance, and ownership courses.
  • Horizons School, $35,000 to improve prevocational training and support provided to participants of Horizons School and Disability Rights and Resources, and to expand the Readiness for Employment and Disability Inclusion program.
  • IGNITE Alabama, $50,000 to support their holistic and supportive ecosystem that educates and bridges communication gaps between organizations, service providers, and minorities in Alabama; to provide forensic financial analysis and individualized business action plans to at least 200 minority small business owners.
  • Jefferson State CC, $50,000 to provide financial aid (stipends for books, childcare, housing, transportation, gas, and other living expenses) to at least 40 unemployed, low-income adults, with a focus on women and minorities, who require assistance to enroll and complete fast-track training and enter into the labor force.
  • Momentum, $23,000 to support Men with Momentum, a program designed to facilitate open dialogue among men in leadership positions about creating equitable work environments and challenges they face in recruiting, managing, and promoting women and other minority groups.
  • Shepherds Fold, Inc., $25,000 in operational support for the re-entry program that provides residential housing and support services (assessments, intervention, education, and job training) for homeless, formerly incarcerated men in Alabama.
  • University of Montevallo, $35,000 to support the M.A.D.E. (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) program that assists participants in successfully transitioning from high school to life as a University of Montevallo student, and from life as a UM student to a successful wage earning member of society.
  • Workfaith Birmingham, $16,000 to support the implementation of two job readiness workshops, preparing up to 40 individuals for career-track employment and further vocational training.
Overcoming Persistent Poverty
  • Christ Episcopal Church, Fairfield, $13,000 to support a community laundry program for the Fairfield community in conjunction with other services, such as literacy training, AA meetings, and community lunches.
  • E.E.R., Inc., $38,000 to support multiple food/nutrition programs including the Senior Market Basket program, the East Lake Mobile Market, a new mobile grocery store, and a new meal delivery service for seniors.
  • Redemptive Cycles, $6,000 in operational support for the Earn-a-Bike program and Sliding Scale Repairs services.
  • SafeHouse of Shelby County, $10,000 in operational support to provide safety, assistance, education, shelter, and employment support services to victims of domestic violence.
  • WorksFirst, $8,000 to support WorksFirst’s mission of providing state-licensed student loan products and free tax preparation for families utilizing the Alabama School Transfer Credit (to bridge the timing gap of private school tuition being due in the Fall, and tax credit refunds not arriving until the following Spring).
Driving Regional Cooperation
  • One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, $30,000 for a new program in partnership with the Jefferson County D.A.’s Office to develop a collaborative data-sharing structure that will consistently collect domestic and sexual violence across the Greater Birmingham region and allow partners to expand the pool of resources to support domestic violence services. Funds are to engage a consultant, purchase software, and provide operating support to evaluate, assess, and develop the structure.
  • Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, $17,000 toward a project to standardize reporting of municipal finances in Jefferson County and research the possibility of streamlining local government accounting and financial reporting more widely in Alabama. This will support more effective regional government and regional cooperative efforts.
  • Red Mountain Park Fund, $25,000 to support Red Mountain Park, Ruffner Mountain, and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve to engage Clarus Consulting on a planning and proposal process to secure county-wide funding to support parks and green spaces. This would bring Jefferson County in line with other counties in Alabama and regionally that have dedicated funding for parks.
Nurturing Thriving Communities
  • AIDS Alabama, $34,000 to establish a comprehensive health access program (Eliminando Barreras) that will provide resources, health screenings, mental health services, and additional support to uninsured and underserved Latinx individuals living in Alabama, while also investing in the LGBTQIA+ Latin community.
  • Alabama Poverty Project dba Alabama Possible, $32,000 to support the Alabama Goes to College Campaign (increases financial aid accessibility and college application completion) and the Break It Down Series (statewide, virtual discussions on barriers to prosperity in Alabama).
  • Arc of Walker County, $28,000 to adapt and transition to remote work and learning with new technology, allowing virtual therapy, video assessments, online education, and community engagement to support services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Bessemer Redevelopment Corp., $50,000 to create two community gardens in the former Bessemer Train Depot that will provide fresh produce to potentially 1,500 individuals.
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach, $50,000 to support counseling services for the students at Magic City Acceptance Academy through a full-time licensed professional counselor (LPC).
  • Birmingham Education Foundation, $25,000 to support advocacy work by the Birmingham Coalition for Student Mental Health, a network dedicated to pursuing equitable, community-driven policy proposals to address mental health disparities.
  • Birmingham Public Library, $16,000 to support the Literacy Leaders Summer Tutorial Program that provides intensive reading and math tutoring for at-risk elementary students in Birmingham City Schools.
  • Brilliant Kids Academy, $5,000 to support homework assistance, individualized and group tutoring, summer enrichment, and mentoring for Birmingham City students.
  • Cahaba River Society, $50,000 in operational support to expand river restoration impact, combat litter and invasive species, create internship opportunities, engage community volunteers, and advance equity and inclusion in CRS’ work and outreach.
  • Children’s Policy Cooperative of Jefferson County, $25,000 to support the Safe Connections – Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange program that provides physical and emotional safety for domestic violence victims and their children.
  • City of Oneonta Alabama, $50,000 to install updated, ADA compliant playground equipment, safe ground coverage, and inclusive facilities in Woodland Scout Park. This is part of a major, $10 million parks revitalization project the city is taking on.
  • Community Grief Support Service, $3,000 to support a new strategic plan that addresses COVID impacts on future goals, objectives, and strategies.
  • Faith in Action Alabama, $25,000 to support campaigns that address gun violence, barriers to voting for formerly incarcerated individuals, and voter engagement; to support leadership development, base-building work, and other operational costs.
  • Freshwater Land Trust, $25,000 to build the next phase of the Jones Valley Corridor bike and pedestrian trail in Avondale, known as the Continental Gin Connector.
  • Fruit of Eden, $6,000 to support a 10-week program that targets COVID-related learning loss and provides a well-rounded curriculum of reading comprehension, math, technology, art, and life skills to elementary and middle school students.
  • Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama, $15,000 to develop Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) training for volunteers and staff; to develop a patch program and DEIA training videos for troop members; to create a Super Troop in Ensley.
  • Khairi and Little Angels’ Memorial, $8,000 to provide mental health and counseling assistance to women that have experienced the loss of an infant in pregnancy or childbirth; to bring awareness for infant and maternal mortality, women’s healthcare, and mental health, especially for women of color.
  • Miles College Community Development Corporation Inc., $33,000 to support a strategic planning process that will result in a new and comprehensive ten-year plan for the City of Fairfield.
  • NAME Ministries Inc., $5,000 to support a new Healing Through the Arts program in Ensley that will combat stress, fatigue, and isolation related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Samford University, $37,000 to support the Advanced Placement STEM Success project, which provides students of marginalized backgrounds advanced educational opportunities by helping teachers in Birmingham City, Fairfield City, and Holy Family Cristo Rey create more Advanced Placement opportunities for their students.
  • Vincent’s Foundation of Alabama, Inc., $35,000 to promote patient engagement among uninsured individuals by ensuring every patient has a medical home and by addressing the social determinants of health (food insecurity, transportation, medication access, and self-care tools).
  • VIDAL Access, $15,000 to continue and expand elite, in-school college counseling services to low income students in Birmingham City Schools.
  • Vulcan Park and Museum, $25,000 to support the Kiwanis Centennial Plaza Interpretation Project by providing audio interpretation, interpretive signage, and video interpretation for points of interest.