Granting

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The Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA) assembles and directs philanthropic assets to make Southwest Alabama a better place. CFSA is committed to helping Southwest Alabama become an inclusive and economically thriving region that is healthy and safe for all. Since its inception in 1976, The Community Foundation of South Alabama has awarded more than $73 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that work collectively with various stakeholders to address the needs of citizens living in Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Conecuh, Choctaw, Monroe, and Washington counties.

With more than $70 million in assets, The Community Foundation of South Alabama is the second largest community foundation in Alabama and administers more than 400 funds, including donor advised, restricted, field of interest and scholarship funds. The majority of these funds do not accept unsolicited funding requests from nonprofits. The Community Foundation does, however, have a competitive grantmaking process that allows nonprofits to submit proposals to be considered for selection.

The Foundation regularly publicizes its list of grantees through grant award press releases, highlights in our annual report, social media, news and printed newsletters. In addition to our efforts to provide grantmaking guidelines and sessions where potential grantees can learn more about grant opportunities, we also make our 990 available, which includes a full list of all grant awards including that which is noncompetitive.

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2016 Competitive Grantees
ARTS AND CULTURE PRIORITY AREA
Black Belt Treasures Cultural Art Center, Multiple counties
Mobile ARC, Mobile County
University of South Alabama, College of Education, Mobile County

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PRIORITY AREA
Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance, Multiple counties

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PRIORITY AREA
Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama, Mobile County
The Explore Center, Inc. (The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center), Multiple counties
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Multiple counties
Women’s Business Center Rural Alabama, Multiple counties

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRIORITY AREA
AIDS Alabama South, LLC, Multiple counties
City of Mobile, Mobile County
South Alabama AHEC, Multiple counties
Southeastern Diabetes Education Services, Multiple counties
Sight Savers America, Inc., Multiple counties

VETERANS INITIATIVE
Blue Star Salute Foundation, Multiple counties
Equine Therapy Group Foundation, Multiple counties
2015 Competitive Grantees
ARTS AND CULTURE PRIORITY AREA
Shepherd's Place Foundation, Baldwin County
Eastern Shore Art Association, Inc., Baldwin County
Mobile Opera, Inc., Multiple counties
Alabama Shakespeare Festival Inc., Multiple counties
Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Multiple counties

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PRIORITY AREA
Baldwin Community and Economic Development, Baldwin County
Mobile County Public School System, Mobile County
Everyday People for Change, Inc., Mobile County
Mobile Area Education Foundation, Mobile County
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, Multiple counties

HEALTH AND WELLNESS PRIORITY AREA
CARE House, Inc., Baldwin County
Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, Inc., Baldwin County
The Arc of Clarke County, Clarke County
Autism Avenue, Inc., Mobile County
Bay Area Food Bank, Inc., Mobile County
Mobile Baykeeper, Inc., Mobile County

MORE INITIATIVE
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, Escambia County

VETERANS INITIATIVE
The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Baldwin County
Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc., Mobile County

YOUNG PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE
FUSE Project, Mobile County
Mobile United, Mobile County

CHANDLER CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FIELD OF INTEREST GRANTS
Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc., Mobile County

*CFSA's competitive grants were made to qualified organizations providing services within the Foundation's eight-county service area