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Wiregrass Foundation (WF) Grants

Grants to Dothan Area, Alabama Nonprofits and Agencies for Health,
Education, Economic Development, Capacity Building, and Quality of Life

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Wiregrass Foundation (WF)

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Grants to Dothan Area, Alabama nonprofits and government agencies for programs in the general areas of health, education, and quality of life. Priority areas also include economic development and capacity building. Preference will be given to organizations that are based in one or more of the four counties of Houston, Henry, Dale, and Geneva, but all applicants must be within a 50-mile radius of Dothan.

Focus Area Details:

- Fostering economic growth and development
- Improving the health and well-being of community

- School Readiness
- K-12 Achievement
- Post-Secondary Attainment

Quality of Life:
- Rising Standard of Living
- Civic Engagement
- Effective Leadership
- Effective Organizations

Economic Development:
- Projects that focus on training, education, workforce development, (especially for disadvantaged populations) and area infrastructure improvements are of interest.

Capacity Building:
- WF’s goal is to provide the tools to assist organizations identify their internal strengths and challenges, an individual prioritized capacity building plan, knowledge-based training, and professional development not otherwise available. WF will fund individual needs, surveys, workshops, and professional development opportunities to area nonprofits willing and ready to strengthen their capacity. By providing this opportunity, WF will enable nonprofits to build on their strengths to provide the Wiregrass area with an effective, efficient, and self-sustaining nonprofit network.

Types of Grants:

Three types of grants will be available: project, micro, and capital improvement (see below for details). The same eligibility requirements, funding exclusions, and deadlines apply to all three grants.

More About Project Grants:

Project grants are for new initiatives and expansions of innovative pilot projects in line with the applicant organization’s mission. These projects also must clearly connect to the Foundation’s three zones of interest and advance the Foundation’s stated objectives.

More About Micro Grants:

Micro-grants assist with single issue/single activity projects of $5,000 or less, and organizations may not increase the $5,000/year cap by joining with another agency to submit a cooperative proposal. The Foundation’s investment in education is substantial, therefore, individual schools may not apply for micro-grants. Receipt of a micro-grant award will not preclude an organization from submitting a request under the regular grant program.

More About Capital Improvement Grants:

This grant category was designed specifically for construction and renovation projects of buildings and facilities. Additional information not included in the application may be requested if the grant request is part of a major capital campaign.

Capital requests should be tied to new programs or initiatives, and should relate directly to advanced achievements in health, education, or quality of life. Applications for normal operating costs, routine upgrades, and deferred maintenance are not encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174132

Estimated Size of Grant:

Micro-grants assist with single issue/single activity projects of $5,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Project grants may be multi-year (with a five-year maximum), though most projects will range from one to three years.

There are no multi-year projects supported through the micro-grants program. Projects funded by micro-grants are required to be conducted and completed within the calendar year in which the application was approved. For purposes of this program, a “year” shall mean a calendar year, regardless of the recipient organization’s fiscal year. Minimal reporting is required and will be specified at the time of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that have met one of the following criteria for at least the last 2 years are eligible to apply:

- A tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (which includes religious, charitable, educational, scientific and certain other organizations) that is not a private foundation. (Organizations receiving tax exempt status pursuant to a Form 1023-EZ may be required to provide additional information prior to consideration of their grant applications); or
- A private operating foundation described in Section 4940(d) of the Internal Revenue Code; or
- An organization described in Section 170(c)(1) (governmental entities) or Section 511(a)(2)(B) (state colleges and universities) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grants are made to eligible organizations that serve the population residing within a 50 mile radius of Dothan. Preference is given to organizations that are based in one or more of the four Counties of Houston, Henry, Dale, and Geneva.

Grants are not made to private foundations, supporting organizations described in Section 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, private or publicly held corporations, limited liability companies, or partnerships.

It is not the Foundation's policy to fund: churches, political organizations or causes, grants outside of the defined service area, individuals or fraternal bodies, ongoing general operating expenses, projects of a national or statewide scope, projects of more than five years’ duration, or fundraisers.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation’s grant application is completely online and applicants must create an account to access the application system.

Application deadlines are the 1st of March, May, July, and September. For deadlines falling on a weekend or recognized holiday, applications will be accepted on the first business day following the deadline date.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Cindy White Bedsole, VP Administration & Grant Management

Wiregrass Foundation
1532 Whatley Drive
Dothan, Alabama 36303

Office: 334.699.1031
Fax: 334.699.2472
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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Houston, Henry, Dale, and Geneva counties (but all applicants must be within a 50-mile radius of Dothan).