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Special to Black Belt Community Foundation

A partnership of three organizations that believe in the power of art in building stronger communities has been formed in Alabama. The three groups are our own Black Belt Community Foundation, the Black Belt Action Commission’s Culture and Youth Committee (CYC) and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The first awards administered by the newly formed Black Belt Arts Initiative to stimulate art creation and appreciation were awarded on June 25, 2006, to 29 organizations. A total of $50,000 was distributed to be used for a variety of programs including arts workshops for youth, community theatre productions, and museum/gallery improvements. Since 2006, $964,500 has been awarded to support various arts activities across BBCF’s 12-county service area.

According to BBAI Founding Board Member Carol P. Zippert, the program has two goals: 1) to foster artistic expression and enjoyment and 2) to document work of regional artists and art-focused organizations. At the heart of the program is the philosophy that art is an essential in building healthy communities, not a luxury.

Angie Soule’ is BBCF’s Arts Program Manager. She can be reached at (334)874-1126 or e-mail her at

2012 BBAI Arts Grants

All BBAI Grantees Group 2012

On June 2, 2012, The Black Belt Community Foundation awarded $100,000 in
BBAI Arts Grants to 42 non-profit organizations representing
all twelve counties in BBCF’s service area.

A copy of the program from our June 2, 2012 BBAI Arts Grants Awards Ceremony,
which includes a complete listing our 2012 BBAI Arts Grantees,
is available in PDF form by CLICKING HERE.


BBAI Arts Grant Overview: 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.

Grants are awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000.

Headquartered in Selma, Alabama, BBCF seeks to support community efforts that will 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 to lift ourselves by taking what we have to make what we need.

The Black Belt Arts Initiative is a project of BBCF in collaboration with the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Cultural and Youth Committee of the Black Belt Commission.  In 2012, a total of $100,000 from ASCA was allocated for redistribution through the BBAI grants program.

The goals of the BBAI are to promote artists and arts awareness in the Black Belt and to stimulate creativity among our youth.
Grant awards are available for projects addressing the following areas:

  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, etc.)           
  • Performing Arts (dance, theatre, music, etc.)           
  • Literary Arts (creative writing, storytelling, literature appreciation, etc.)             
  • Traditional Arts (quilting, pottery, folk or traditional music, etc.)
  • Cultural History (cultural research, interpretation, appreciation, etc.)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts (primary focus on a combination of arts categories, i.e. festivals, etc.)
  • Other Areas of Fine or Traditional Arts that coincide with the goals of the BBAI

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 your community’s assets, and 3. the potential to transform your community and the Black Belt.

Who May Apply?

BBCF 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.

Please note that grants will NOT be awarded to:

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

Grant Applications are available to organizations who attend one of our Community Awareness Grant Seekers Workshops

The 2018 Arts Grant Seeker Workshop schedule:

The BBCF will be hosting six Grant Seeking Workshops for the organizations who are interested in applying for a 2018 Arts GrantAttendance at one of the workshops is mandatory in order to be considered for a 2018 Arts Grant. The Grant seeking workshops will be held at the following locations:

by CLICKING HERE. *Please note that application will change each year.

Please call or email Angie Soule’, Arts Program Manager, for details at (334)874-1126 or by e-mail at

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