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2018 BBCF Community Grants

The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) invites groups and organizations based in and serving Alabama’s Black Belt to apply for one-year grants for community-led activities around the 12-county Black Belt region. Community Grants support community efforts that will contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of Black Belt citizens and communities. BBCF understands that all counties and communities are not “created equal.” Therefore, the need in each county and community will be different. Grant proposals should engage Black Belt residents and Black Belt leaders in addressing community issues. In this round, grant awards will be awarded to projects focusing on community economic development, education, and health.

The 2018 Community Grants Program will award approximately 40 grants to community-based organizations serving the Black Belt Community Foundation service region. BBCF typically receives over 100 proposals each community grant funding cycle. Normally, community grants are awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000. This year each local community associates group in collaboration with a local county review grants committee will decide the range of grants for their respective county.  Potential grantees will learn the range of grants for their county at the required grant seekers workshop.  The Black Belt Community Foundation Board of Directors have agreed to match up to $5000 raised by Community Associates in each county and other local contributions by board members and supporters. This year’s total available funding pool is between $100,000 to $120,000.

The Board of Directors will announce the 2018 Community Grant Awards on June 30th.

Headquartered in Selma, Alabama, the BBCF seeks to support community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of Black Belt citizens and communities.  BBCF’s mission is to forge a collective stream of giving from the community and other sources so we, the people of the Black Belt, can enhance our continuing efforts by taking what we have to make what we need.


The Black Belt Community Foundation seeks to support organizations engaging Black Belt citizens in addressing community issues.  In this round, grant awards are available for, but not limited to, projects addressing the following areas:

  • Community Economic Development(offer economic opportunities and/or improve social conditions)
  • Education(provide additional instructional resources and activities)
  • Health Services(offer resources, educate, and address health needs)


Regardless of the project, the most successful proposals will provide compelling and specific evidence of: 1. participation and leadership demonstrated by community residents, 2. use of community assets, and 3. the potential to transform the community and the Black Belt.




Who May Apply?

The Black Belt Community Foundation only funds organizations based in and serving communities in our 12-county region:  Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox.  We anticipate that grants will be awarded in each of the 12 counties.  Projects that cross Black Belt county boundaries must include a letter of support from a partnering organization within the county where they wish to conduct the project.


Please note that grants will NOT be awarded to:

  • individuals
  • political organizations, officials or candidates for public office
  • school systems
  • fundraising drives or events
  • tickets for benefits
  • lobbying activities
  • scholarship or endowment funds


Grant Applications are available to organizations who attended one of our Community Awareness Grant Seekers Workshops by CLICKING HERE. *Please note that the Application changes each year.

Please call or e-mail Christopher Spencer, Loaned Executive U of A/Program Officer, for details at 334-874-1126 or by e-mail at