Community Foundation awards $1.25 million in grants

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham has announced $1,254,000 in grants to 32 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 developing an app to make it easier for small restaurants to donate food to supporting the launch of a Velocity Accelerator Program at Innovation Depot.

A total of $2.44 million has been awarded through the Community Funds competitive grantmaking program in 2016, including $1,186,800 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.  Click here to see a complete lising of grants.

Overall, the grants for Cycle 2 of 2016 focus on two parts of our four-part Results Framework: $871,500 to ensure that communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant and $382,500 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 Friday, January 27, 2017, addressing two Results: “Children are successful along the educational pipeline” and “People can lead healthy lives.”

The Community Foundation unites the power of philanthropy with innovative strategies and connects people from all walks of life to understand community issues and create opportunities for positive, lasting change and improve the life of our region. The Foundation has served as permanent, charitable endowment for Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties since 1959. We awards grants to non-profits throughout the area from donor-advised funds as well as through a biannual competitive grant process. Through grantmaking, convening and leading, the Community Foundation empowers donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in transforming the Greater Birmingham area. For more information contact us at