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The Community Grants Program awards approximately 40 organizations each year to community-based organizations based in and serving the region. Most grants are between $500 and $3,000. BBCF receives over 100 proposals per year and funds about 40. Here is information about our most recent awards.

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 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. These issues, and the proposed activities, can include but are not limited to: community economic development, education, environment, health and human services, youth, and/or other areas benefiting the community.

Chris Spencer is the Community Engagement Officer, and can be reached at 334-874-1126, or by email; cspencer@blackbeltfound.org

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 BBCF Community Grants

The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) invites groups and organizations in and serving Alabama’s Black Belt Region to apply for one-year grants for community-led activities.

Grants will be awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000. The Black Belt Community Foundation’s funding pool varies from year to year.

Our Board of Directors will announce the Community Grant Awards each year.

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 to lift ourselves 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 each round, grant awards are available for, but not limited to, projects addressing the following areas:

  • Civic(empower the citizens to provide needed services, i.e., fire departments, libraries, etc.)
  • Community and Economic Development(offer economic opportunities and/or improve social conditions)
  • Education(provide additional instructional resources and activities)
  • Environment(protect, preserve, and/or enhance natural resources)
  • Health Services(offer resources, educate, and address health needs)
  • Youth Development(focus on youth enrichment, leadership and exposure)
  • Other areas benefiting the community(community organizing or organizational development)

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

Attendance at one of our Grant Application Workshops is mandatory to submit a Grant Application.  Workshops are held throughout the Region and will be announced when scheduled.

Please call or e-mail Chris Spencer, Community Engagement Office, for details at 334-874-1126 or by e-mail at cspencer@blackbeltfound.org

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