Brighter Minds


Brighter Minds is Alabama Power’s and the Alabama Power Foundation’s education initiative to help prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need the join the workforce and to lead our state. Brighter Minds has three main focus areas through which it works to improve education in Alabama.

STEM & Workforce Development


Why STEM? 65% of those with STEM bachelor’s degrees earn more than those with non-STEM degrees.




iCan is a program for middle school girls that encourages them to consider engineering as a future career. The program connects students with female engineers from Alabama Power and Southern Company so they have role models in the field. The program also incorporates STEM-based educational activities to help students get engaged and understand that STEM fields are challenging, but fun.


Brighter Minds is working to retool and rework iCan curriculum to include a virtual and online component so that every school in Alabama Power’s service territory can have unfettered access to the program.

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Brighter Minds Leadership Institute


Beginning in 2016, Brighter Minds will provide a summer leadership development opportunity to STEM, vocational and environmental teachers throughout the state, exposing them to community and industry leaders. At the end of the program, the teachers will receive a $1,000 grant to use in their classrooms.


Go Build E-textbook


In partnership with Go Build, the Alabama Power Foundation helped develop a trade and vocational e-textbook to teach students what they need to do to become qualified in the trades.


This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer.

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Conservation Education


Why conservation education? Improved environmental education has a proven link to greater math and science achievement.

Students to Stewards


We believe today’s students are tomorrow’s stewards. Because of that belief, the Students to Stewards grant program has been established to promote stewardship and conservation education across Alabama.


Curriculum Grant


This fall, the Alabama Power Foundation will award 14 curriculum grants worth up to $1,000 each to classrooms and organizations teaching environmental conservation in schools across the state.

Coming soon...


Outdoor Classroom Grants


Students to Stewards also awards grants of up to $7,500 for outdoor classrooms. This year the foundation will award six grants to help schools build classrooms so students can participate in outdoor learning.

Coming soon...
Application available:

Aug. 24 – Oct. 16, 2015

Grants will be awarded in fall 2015.

Early Childhood Education


Why early education? Access to better early education is linked to higher language proficiency, higher math and reading scores and lower drop-out rates later in life.


Supporting First Class Pre-K


Each year, we will support new First Class Pre-K classrooms by providing 10-20 grants aimed at helping furnish and provide essential materials for the learning environment.


Summer Learning


Low-income students lose two to three months of reading and math comprehension when there is no academic summer program available, as compared to their middle- and high-income counterparts. We support quality summer learning programs for low-income students.

Power To Play


Why support high school extracurricular programs? Studies show that students involved in extracurricular experience academic and mental health benefits. Additionally, extracurricular participation increases the probability that an at-risk student will graduate.


Power to Play is an annual athletics and arts grant program for high schools across Alabama. Both grants aim to increase participation in their respective extracurricular programs. The grant program is limited to schools that are determined to have an overall financial need.  For purposes of this program, a school is determined to have a financial need if 50 percent or more of its full-time students receive free or reduced-price lunches.


Since 2014, Power to Play has awarded more than $175,000 through 70 grants to support high school athletics programs. Power to Play’s arts grants are new to the program this year. The 2016 Power To Play grant program began accepting applications on Sept. 19.

Power To Play Arts Grants


Arts grants can be used to increase participation for an existing fine or performing arts program, offer a new arts program or enhance or upgrade supplies or equipment.

Up to 18 arts grants will be awarded in 2016.

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Power to Play Athletics Grants


Athletics grants can be used to offer a new sport, offer a new team in an existing sport or increase the number of students carried on the roster of an existing team.

Up to 18 athletics grants will be awarded in 2016.

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Sept. 19 – Oct. 28, 2016

Grants recipients will be announced in December.






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