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Grant Guidelines

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.  Deadlines for full grant proposals are February 1, May 1, August 1, and  November 1.  Click here to submit a letter of intent.

Community Support  Grants

Community Support Grants provide operating and programmatic support to organizations engaged in activities that align with the Foundation’s funding interest.  Applications must be submitted by February 1, May 1,August 1, and November 1,  for consideration at the following quarterly board meeting.  Click here to apply for a Community Support Grant.

 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.