Community Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Grants

Donors support grants focusing on two Results for the region: Communities are Sustainable, Livable & Vibrant and Individuals and families are economically secure.


The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,201,000 in grants to 29 area nonprofits that focus on improving economic security and further developing sustainable, livable communities in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties. These grants support a collection of innovative initiatives ranging from a Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Railroad Park to revitalizing abandoned property for low to moderate income housing.

A total of $2.45 million has been awarded through the Community Funds competitive grantmaking program in 2015, including $1,258,000 in May toward results related to education and health. Support for the grants came from Donor Advised Funds through the Community Foundation’s Giving Together program.

Overall, the grants for Cycle 2 of 2015 focus on two parts of our four-part Results Framework: $650,000 to ensure that communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant and $551,000 to ensure individuals and families are economically secure. Each grant focuses on a specific strategy to reach the Results our community has said it wants.  The next cycle of grant applications opens on Monday, January 22, 2016, for proposals addressing two Results: “Children are successful along the educational pipeline” and “People can lead healthy lives.”

Click here to view a full listing of the grants