Advancement Fund Grant

Grants to Central Alabama Nonprofits to
Improve Health, Education, and Financial Stability

GrantWatch ID#: 180707
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA)


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Central Alabama nonprofit organizations for collaborative programs and projects that focus on the areas of health, education, and promoting financial stability. For the purposes of these grants, Central Alabama includes Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties.

Funding will be provided to support the following priority groups and action networks currently operating in Central Alabama:

1. Health:
- Advancing Health Equity-Jefferson County
- Improving Mental Health-Jefferson County
- Optimizing Health Care-Jefferson County
- Promoting Healthy Lifestyles-Jefferson County
- Improving the Built Environment, Transportation, and Safety-Jefferson County
- Livable Communities-Walker County
- Healthy People: School-Based-Walker County
- Healthy People: Faith-Based-Walker County

2. Education:
- Early Learning Action Network
- 3rd Grade Reading Action Network
- Birmingham City Schools Action Network
- FAFSA Action Network
- Workforce Network

3. Financial Stability:
- Financial Services Network

Advancement Fund Grants are intended to provide short-term planning, “start-up,” or “seed” funds that will lay the ground work for successful achievement of priority group/action network goals.

Award amounts are limited to $10,000 or less.

The grant period will begin in January. The maximum project term is six months or less.

Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt.

Applicants must be able to provide the required documentation:

* IRS 501(c) (3) Determination Letter: organizations that have received funds from UWCA in the last five years can use their determination letter on file.
* Most recent Form 990
* Most recent audit
* State tax exemption certificate

Funding opportunity is only available to priority groups/action networks in Central Alabama (Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, or Walker County).

Funding will be directed towards collaborative projects that emerge from the work of organizations currently participating in the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama. Organizations that do not currently participate in Coalition activities are ineligible to apply.

Applications must be data-driven and aligned with the Bold Goals Coalition’s metrics (see attachment A).

Grant funding can support:

- Staff time, salary and benefit support
- Execution of programs
- Capacity building activities: convening, speaker engagements, visibility efforts for specific initiatives
- Communication
- Production of materials
- Training

Grants cannot be used to support:

- Lobbying
- Fundraising activities

Deadlines for submissions will be on a semi-annual basis.
- Spring Application Deadline: April 1
- Fall Application Deadline: October 1
- Applicant notification letters will be mailed in December and June of each year.
- Grant periods will begin in January and July of each year.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the grant guidelines.

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

How to Apply:

Applicants interested in pursuing any opportunity should contact a UWCA representative at and are highly encouraged to contact the Vice President of the respective
impact area for which they intend to apply:

Health: Kadie Peters, (205) 458-2168
Education: Dan Stephens (205) 458-2169
Financial Stability: Randy Betsch (205) 458-2171

Applications for the Advancement Fund and Vision Council grant opportunities must be
submitted via the UWCA online system.

To receive access to the online application please click here:

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USA: Alabama: Central Alabama (Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, and Walker Counties)

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