Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB) Grant

Grants to Birmingham Area, Alabama Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Health, Education, and Community Welfare

GrantWatch ID#: 178470
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham (CFGB)

08/25/17 - Communities are Sustainable, Livable and Vibrant; and Individuals and Families are Economically Secure

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Grants to Greater Birmingham Area, Alabama nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to promote community wellbeing in a range of program areas. Applicants seeking support for collaborative projects must contact program staff prior to applying. Nonprofits in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount or Walker Counties are invited to apply in one of the following cycles:

Cycle 1:

Brief Proposals submitted in Cycle 1 must address one of the two Results below and focus on one of the associated Strategies:

Result 1: Children are successful along the educational pipeline

Applications relevant to this Result should focus on one of these two Strategies:
-Increase high quality early learning opportunities for birth to 8 year-olds
-Increase number of career- and college-ready high school graduates (high school focus)

Result 2: People can lead healthy lives

Applications relevant to this Result should focus on one of these two Strategies:
-Improve nutrition/healthy food access and increase physical activity
-Improve access to care for vulnerable populations

Cycle 2:

Brief Proposals submitted in Cycle 2 must address one of the two Results below and focus on one of the associated Strategies:

Result 3: Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant

Applications relevant to this Result should focus on one of these four Strategies:
-Expand and improve public green space
-Improve the natural environment
-Further develop vibrant city center for Birmingham
-Expand access to arts and cultural opportunities

Result 4: Individuals and families are economically secure

Applications relevant to this Result should focus on one of these three Strategies:
-Improve housing stability
-Increase public policy changes that positively impact low-income individuals and families
-Increase direct services that positively impact low-income individuals and families

Collaborations: CFGB encourages collaboration, but expects collaborative requests to not just be a “collective ask” but a true collaboration, characterized by cost efficiencies and the opportunity to accomplish something none of the partnering agencies could accomplish independently.

Capital Construction: CFGB will consider support for capital construction projects with an imminent start date and deemed clearly relevant to one of CFGB’s Targeted Result Strategies.

General Operating Support: CFGB does not make grants for general or ongoing operating support. Successful proposals present an opportunity for strategic investment such as building organizational capacity, expanding a successful program, establishing a new program, and launching a policy/systems change project.

Indirect Costs: In order to maximize its charitable donor funds, CFGB does not accept project budgets that include unspecified indirect costs, including flat indirect cost rates. CFGB will consider reasonable administrative expenses provided these expenses are deemed necessary for project success, are presented as specific line items in the project budget, and are justified in a budget narrative.

NOTE: Emerging organizations with documented revenue of less than $25,000 are limited to requesting a Seed Grant of no more than $5,000.

Grants may involve a funding commitment of one to three years depending on the scope and purpose of the grant.

Geographic area: CFGB considers grant applications only from qualifying nonprofit organizations that provide services in the Greater Birmingham area (Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker Counties).

IRS charitable status: A nonprofit organization must have already been awarded tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or been described as an eligible beneficiary under the IRS Code (e.g. church or governmental entity) prior to applying to CFGB.

School systems: Requests from public school systems must come from the superintendent's office.

Multi-department/branch grantees: Large organizations with many branches or departments (e.g. colleges, universities, YMCA, public libraries) must submit requests from the president's office or the development office.

No grants are made to or for:
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-National fundraising drives
-Sponsorship of fundraising events
-Political organizations or candidates for public office
-Scholarship or endowment funds
-Debt reduction
-Scholarship or campership programs
-Replacement of government funding cuts
-Organizations that require the services of fiscal agent in order to receive funds
-General operating support (see Funding Considerations above)
-Unspecified indirect costs (see Funding Considerations above)

Amount to Request: As a general rule, the Foundation prefers requests that do not exceed 25% of the budget for the program/project/activity the proposal is seeking support for. This will signal to the committee and board that this proposal has a diversified base of support and some measure of community buy-in.

Note: Groups considering a collaborative request to CFGB are encouraged to discuss this with Gus Heard-Hughes, Vice President, Programs (see contact details below) prior to submitting a proposal.

The Community Foundation offers two grant application opportunities each year.

Grant Cycle 1 (Opens January 27, 2017; Brief Proposal deadline ends February 17, 2017):
-Children are successful along the education pipeline
-People can lead healthy lives

Grant Cycle 2 (Opens August 4, 2017; Brief Proposal deadline August 25, 2017):
-Communities are sustainable, livable and vibrant
-Individuals and families are economically secure

Register your nonprofit organization and submit your Brief Proposal through the Grant Application Center.

Applications are formally acknowledged via email. You will be notified by a member of the Program Staff whether your brief proposal moves forward or not, this can take three to four weeks. If your application moves forward you will be requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.

Deadlines and FAQ:

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

Apply online through the Grantmaking Application Center:

Katie Dean, Program Associate

Gus Heard-Hughes, Vice President, Programs

Community Foundation of Birmingham
2100 First Avenue North, Suite 700
Birmingham AL 35203-4223

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