The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has awarded $1,386,000 in grants to 51 area nonprofits serving Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker counties. These grants are focused on the five priorities identified in our strategic plan: Thriving Communities, Regional Cooperation, Overcoming Persistent Poverty, Equity and Inclusion, and Economic Opportunity for All..
All of these grants are made possible by discretionary funds entrusted to the Foundation by generations of donors with additional support coming from current Donor Advised Fundholders through the Community Foundation’s Giving Together program.
Grants that will benefit the Greater Birmingham area include:
- $75, 000 to STRIVE International to establish a new site for their Career Path 12-week program that includes a job readiness workshop, occupational skills training, job placement assistance and career coaching.
- $5,000 to the Shelby County Arts Council to support and expand the Helen Keller Arts Show outreach for Alabama students who are blind or visually impaired.
- $40,000 to Children’s Aid Society to support the Child Trafficking Solutions Project, an initiative that provides training for first responders, law enforcement and others involved in the child welfare system to help them recognize, rethink, and respond to prospective child victims of trafficking.
- $25,000 to the Alabama Holocaust Education Center to assist in the production the documentary, The Torch, featuring interviews of Holocaust survivors living in Alabama.
- $30,000 over three years to Black Warrior Riverkeeper to support a full-time outreach coordinator to coordinate volunteer litter cleanups.
- $25,000 to the Blount County Education Foundation to help convert the existing library at Cleveland High School into a 21st century learning hub that serves the entire community.