March 30, 2012 - Mobile, Alabama - The Community Foundation of South Alabama has announced grants totaling $39,000 for programs that advance the work of creating just and equitable communities. These organizations represent a broad range of environmental, social, economic, and racial justice groups committed to enhancing grassroots advocacy and civic engagement.
Capacity building grants will provide support to organizations that are in the beginning stage of organizing to address social justice issues. Impact grants were distributed to organizations with projects that have clear plans for addressing community concerns. The following organizations received grant awards.
Alabama Coastal Foundation - $7,000
The grant award will strengthen the capacity of the Alabama Coastal Foundation by improving the advocacy and organizing skills of board members, staff, and volunteers, who will help increase community awareness of environmental responsibility.
Legacy 166, Inc. - $6,000
Grant resources will allow Legacy 166 to develop a strategic plan and gain training for staff and board members to aid their efforts addressing intergenerational poverty in Mobile, Baldwin, Clark, and Washington counties.
Mobile United - $15,000
The grant award will provide funding to support the Black and White Race Relations in the 21st Century project. Mobile United will conduct community interviews and conversations with the goal of eradicating structural racism. Funding will assist in the development of a documentary film to facilitate future discussions.
Volunteers of America Southeast, Inc. - Faith Works - $6,000
Funding will support Faith Works planning and training efforts to mobilize constituents around the issues of job preparedness, income, health disparities, and education.
WINNERS, Inc. - $ 5,000
Grant funding will allow WINNERS to provide training for staff and volunteers to gain knowledge of asset mapping and community engagement around social justice issues related to transition barriers for women re-entering society from incarceration.
About The Community Foundation of South Alabama
The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a public charity that plays a key role in meeting the needs of South Alabama through leadership and grants. More than $63 million in grants have been awarded since 1976 by the Foundation to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the region. The Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.
For more information visit www.CommunityEndowment.com
Contact: Stephanie Ryan