Greene County Arts and Community Grantees take group photo at BBCF grant awards ceremony.

BBCF Awards Over Half a Million Dollars in Community and Arts Grants

130 Different Grants Will Impact 12 Different Alabama Counties

SELMA, AL – JUNE 4, 2024: The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) is celebrating the impact of its 2024 combined Community Grants and Arts Grants cycle across all 12 counties it serves in the Alabama Black Belt region. Community-based organizations from Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Grene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox Counties applied for grants earlier this year. A total of $514,433 has been awarded through 130 different one-year long project grants to community organizations that are significantly impacting their communities in transformative ways that contribute to the strength, innovation and success of Black Belt citizens and said communities. A complete list of the grants awarded and detailed story on the awards ceremony can be found at: under the Issue 36 button.

2024 represented a ground-breaking first for BBCF as it continued its model of giving based on the practice known as “Trust-Based Philanthropy” and combined, for the first time ever in its 20-year history, both the Community Grants and Arts Grants cycles. By utiliz­ing BBCF Local Grant Committees in each county, decisions were made by those closest to the issues and granting needs voiced by their community. Local Grant Committees scored applications from their county based on these needs, proposed delivery of services, potential of project to change the community, how the project will be evaluated, and the results of those evaluations disseminated, and finally, the requested budget for the project.

“Celebrating our 20th year, the Black Belt Community Foundation is proud to award over half a million dollars in 130 different grants to community and arts organizations across the 12 counties we serve. This record-breaking milestone reflects our enduring commitment to empowering local initiatives, fostering growth and impacting the entire Black Belt region,” said Felecia Lucky, President of Black Belt Community Foundation.

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