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Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in Eligible Areas for Programs and Capacity Building


Geographic Focus

USA: Alabama: Atmore

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Atmore Community Foundation Grant

Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA) - Atmore Community Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #187612

Grant Description

Grants of up to $3,000 to Alabama nonprofit organizations, faith-based entities, government agencies, and educational institutions in eligible locations for programs and capacity-building efforts. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of arts and culture, education, community and economic development, beautification and environment, health and wellness, human services, youth, technology, and recreation. Eligible proposals benefit the residents of Atmore; specifically the 36502 zip code.

Funding may be applied toward direct program services, as well as to strengthen the organization’s capacity to deliver such services or to collaborate with other service providers. 

  • Programmatic Grants: The Foundation is most interested in supporting sustainable, evidence-based programs that have the potential to produce meaningful results on community priorities and/or needs. Funding is provided for the expansion or refinement of existing programs that, through program evaluation, show promise of effectiveness, value, and sustainability. Grants to programs with a successful track record are also considered. Program grants are restricted to expenses that are directly and indirectly related to the operation of the project. No more than 10% may be used to pay for indirect or administrative expenses.  
  • Capacity Building: The Foundation defines organizational capacity building as any strategy that improves and enhances an organization’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. The Foundation believes that, by supporting organizational capacity building, it will enable organizations to strengthen their operations and effectively address systemic issues that significantly impede the quality of life for individuals and families that they serve. Examples of capacity-building activities include the following:
    • Strategic planning, organizational assessments, or evaluations
    • Leadership development and training (Board, Executive, or Staff)
    • Enhanced marketing, branding, and communications planning or technology
    • Improved fundraising and fund development training or technology
    • Database or technology improvements.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, government entity, educational institution or religious organization. The program and/or activities must serve the Atmore community, more specifically the 36502 zip code.

Applicants may be individual organizations or may represent a collaboration of two or more organizations. Proposals that involve collaboration with other organizations, even if submitted by an individual organization, are preferred.


Proposals will not be accepted in support of:
- Individuals
- Debt reduction or endowment funding
- Fraternal, social, or athletic clubs or teams
- Fundraising events or conference underwriting
- Labor, or political organizations
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation
- Organizations other than 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, government entities, educational institutions, or religious organizations. (These organizations may be collaborating partners, but may not receive funding directly.)

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- December 8, 2022: Application will be available.
- January 26, 2023: All applications must be submitted electronically using the CFSA Online Application by 4:59 pm CST. Submissions will be evaluated and follow-up phone interviews and/or site visits may be conducted.
- Late March or early April 2023: All applicants will be notified of the final decision.
- April 17, 2023 (tentative): Grantee Orientation will be held.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should not exceed $3,000. Grant awards will most likely be in the range of $500 - $1,000.

As a general rule, the Foundation prefers program grant requests that do not exceed 50% of the budget for the program/project/activity for which the application is seeking support.

Term of Contract:

Funding requests should be for 12 months or less.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Leigha Bolton

Community Foundation of South Alabama
PO Box 990
Mobile, Alabama 36601

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