Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
As we navigate the local impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will modify our giving efforts to meet and adapt to the developing needs of communities.
If your organization is seeking funding to address coronavirus relief needs, please apply for a foundation grant above.
2020 Application Deadlines
In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, the current quarterly grant application deadlines are being suspended. The grant application review dates are also undetermined at this time.
First quarter: Feb. 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST
Second quarter: Apr. 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST
Third quarter: July 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST
Fourth quarter: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. CST
How we evaluate Foundation Grant candidates
The Foundation Grant always meets the following criteria:
- The project addresses a need in at least one of the five initiatives: Educational Advancement, Civic and Community Development, Arts and Cultural Enrichment, Health and Human Services and Environmental Stewardship.
- The project has the potential to lead to permanent improvements in a community or in the state.
- A diverse group will collaborate on the project to achieve common goals.
- The program or idea can be duplicated in other communities.
- The submitting organization exhibits sound fiscal management and accountability.
- The organization shows the ability to attract multiple sources of support for the project.
- The project addresses underserved segments of the population such as racial or ethnic minorities, impoverished and/or underprivileged communities with fewer opportunities.
Foundation Grants will not be used to support the following:
- Groups acting on behalf of individuals.
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, disability or gender.
- Churches or other religious organizations, except when they are conducting secular programs that will have broad public impact.
- Projects that affect communities outside Alabama Power’s service territory.
- Fraternal, athletic and veterans programs, except in cases in which the programs will have a broad public benefit or help disadvantaged individuals.
- Organizations already receiving multiyear support from the foundation. Such organizations are required to wait at least one year after the current funding ends.
- Primary and secondary private schools.
- Political organizations, parties or causes.
As you work through the application process, you will be asked for specific information about your organization, along with various files to attach. We recommend you gather and draft this information prior to beginning the online process, as there is not a feature to save your progress.
- Organization name and address.
- Name, email address and telephone number for the primary contact person.
- EIN/Tax ID number.
- A brief summary of the history, mission and staff size of the organization.
- A complete list of the organization’s board of directors and/or trustees.
- A one-paragraph summary of the specific project or program affected by the grant.
- A list of other contributors to the project or program, along with dollar amounts (if applicable).
- On the last page of the application, you will be asked to attach specific files.
- Actual grant request with a cover letter outlining goals, objectives and specific needs addressed if you were to receive the grant; Include an implementation plan and timeline with an outline for any activities planned in the near future and achievements thus far.
- Project budget with an evaluation plan with specific criteria for judging the effectiveness.
- A copy of the program’s most recent audited financial statement or three consecutive years of the Form 990.
- A copy of the program’s current operating budget.
- A copy of the program’s Section 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.
Note: Attachments can be in a number of different file formats. MSWord (.doc, .docx), MSExcel (.xls, .xlsx) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) are the preferred formats.