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Grant Guidelines

Since 2009, the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation has been providing grants to nonprofit organizations in the Birmingham 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;
  • The Woodlawn area of Birmingham;
  • The Black Belt area in Alabama;
  • The State of Alabama as a whole, through influencing policy change at the state level.

The Foundation is interested in developing partnerships with nonprofit organizations and groups of nonprofit organizations to achieve measurable results in the following focus 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.

Program, Operating and Capital Campaign Grants

We fund capital campaigns and provide grants for operating and programmatic support to organizations engaged in activities that align with the Foundation’s funding interests listed above.
Program grants are grants of up to $30,000 to support a specific program.
Operating grants of any amount may be applied for in up to three year increments with an annual review. Our goal is to help our grantees focus more on their missions and less on application cycles.
Capital Campaign grants of any amount will be considered in the first and third quarters of each year (deadline February 1 and August 1).

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Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants support programs that have the potential for substantive, transformational change with consequential outcomes; that leverage other funds (public, private, governmental, etc.); that may require seed capital (in the form of a Project Related Investment/PRI); and that are innovative and collaborative. These grants are geared towards long term projects intended to make lasting impacts in the communities they serve. Multi-year grants will be considered. Although a large portion of the Partnership Grants are proactive and initiative-driven, the Foundation will accept requests for consideration.

Partnership grants are typically awarded to groups with whom the foundation has already built a relationship through prior awards or outside partnerships. Examples of past Partnership Grants includes our work with the Woodlawn Foundation, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and Red Mountain Park.

Prior to applying for a Partnership Grant, you will need to contact the foundation staff at 205.918.7179 and arrange a meeting to establish the groundwork for our partnership with you in your significant effort.

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 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 strongly address the focus areas.