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Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation Grant

Grants to Alabama Organizations in Eligible Regions to Enhance
Health and Education for Disadvantaged Populations

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Grants to Alabama organizations in eligible regions to enhance health and education for disadvantaged populations in local communities. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support programs that improve health and wellness, healthcare access and nutrition, school performance, and student graduation rates. Requests will also be accepted for human services and programs that enhance the quality of life. Funded activities must benefit residents in the Greater Birmingham Area.

Successful grant applicants share these characteristics:

  • Strong staff and board leadership
  • Track record of sustainable operations and funding
  • A commitment to working in partnership with other nonprofits and government agencies
  • Broad base of financial support
  • Proven program effectiveness

Types of Support

In some cases, the Foundation will consider general operating support grants for programs that match the foundation’s priority focus areas.  The Foundation also makes a limited number of multi-year and capital grants to organizations that can demonstrate broad community impact in one of the focus areas.

Grantmaking Focus and Priorities: 

A healthy and educated community is the foundation’s priority and strategic commitment.

Community Health - Good nutrition, quality health care and positive emotional environments are vital to the health and well- being of children and adults.  Many families in the Birmingham area lack access to healthy and affordable food and adequate health services.  The foundation supports programs that:

  • Expand and improve access to health care and healthy and affordable food for vulnerable populations.
  • Encourage healthy behavior, improved mental and physical health and promote wellness and preventive measures.

Education - Opportunity and success are dependent on a quality education and all students need opportunities to prepare them to succeed in school and work.  The foundation’s resources are targeted to underserved students to improve academic performance, graduation rate and job readiness.

  • Promote school readiness and quality early childhood education
  • Ensure students have reading and math grade level skills
  • Provide youth development programs that offer mentoring and tutoring

Other focus areas include:

  • Responding to community needs by providing basic human services for at risk children and adults living in poverty or with disabilities.
  • Improving the community by providing families with safe places to live, exercise and play.
  • Bringing arts and cultural activities to all people to enrich lives, build community and fuel a prosperous creative economy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180846

Term of Contract:

The Foundation makes a limited number of multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Not Funded:
-Organizations outside the Greater Birmingham area
-Sponsorships, fundraising events or conferences
-Endowments or Scholarships
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Political organizations or candidates

*Any organization that has been awarded 3 (three) consecutive grants may not apply for another grant until 1 year after the last grant.

Pre-Application Information:

-January 31: Letter of Intent Due
-February 15: Declinations Letters and Invitations Sent
-March 15: Applications Due

-July 31: Letter of Intent Due
-August 15: Declinations Letters and Invitations Sent
-September 4: Applications Due

Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Inquiries are accepted by the foundation twice a year through the online system. The brief inquiry form asks for information related to your organization and project. Please understand that while all inquiries will be read they may not generate an invitation to apply for funding.

Step 2: Application (by invitation only)
If your organization/program appears to fit with the foundation’s focus areas and guidelines, you will receive an invitation to submit a grant application online. More information on the grant proposal/application process will be provided at that time.

Step 3: Proposal Review & Funding Determination
Final applications are presented to the Board of Directors for review and approval. The Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation staff will notify you after funding decisions are confirmed. You can expect a decision in about 60 days of the application deadline.

More information about the Foundation may be found here:

Grantmaking Focus and Priorities:

If you are considering applying for a multi-year or capital grant, you are strongly encouraged to have a conversation with the Executive Director before submitting your application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Christie Smith, Grants Management Assistant
(205) 313-4811

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USA: Alabama: Greater Birmingham Area

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