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Grant Guidelines

The Foundation will be reviewing our grants processes and focus areas over the next several months and will not be accepting new grant applications until January, 2018. We appreciate your understanding as we work to identify new ways that we can help improve our community. We applaud the great work that you do every day to improve the lives of others, and we look forward to continuing our work with you.
Thank you for your understanding and for the work you do for Birmingham and our region.

    Since 2009, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation has been providing grants to nonprofit organizations in our community, the Black Belt, and the state as a whole to support a variety of programs. From education to the environment, from the cultural arts to neighborhood revitalization, the Foundation has distributed over $26,000,000 in grants to 221 organizations whose work we are proud to support.

    The Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation seeks to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life primarily in the Birmingham metropolitan area and the State of Alabama.

    Grants from the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation are made to support:

    • programs that impact the Birmingham metro area;
    • programs that impact the Woodlawn area of Birmingham;
    • programs that impact the Black Belt area in Alabama;
    • programs that impact the State of Alabama as a whole or influence policy change at the state level.

    The Foundation is interested in developing partnerships with nonprofit organizations to achieve measurable results in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Neighborhood Revitalization
    • The Environment
    • The Arts and Culture
    • Positioning Strategic Community Assets

    Grant applications must be geared toward achieving specific results in these focus areas.

    Leadership Grants

    Leadership Grants will support programs that have the potential for substantive transformational change with consequential outcomes, that leverage other funds, that may require seed capital, and that are innovative and collaborative. Multi-year grants will be considered. Although a large portion of the Leadership Grants are proactive and initiative-driven, the Foundation will accept requests for consideration.

    A letter of intent to apply for a Leadership Grant may be submitted at any time for consideration at the next quarterly board meeting.  Those of significant interest will be invited to submit a full proposal. 

    Community Support  Grants

    Community Support Grants provide operating and programmatic support to organizations engaged in activities that align with the Foundation’s funding interest. 

     Grants are not made:

    • to individuals;
    • for scholarships or individual awards;
    • to individual school classrooms;
    • to private schools;
    • for mission trips or ambassador programs;
    • for individual school programs;
    • for health-related research;
    • to support fundraising events that are not 100% deductible for charitable purposes.

    Grants to faith-based organizations may be made to support programs that address the focus areas.