Black Belt Community Foundation Launches Community Grants Cycle


The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) invites groups and organizations based in and serving Alabama’s Black Belt to apply for one-year grants for community-led activities around the 12-county Black Belt region. Community Grants support community efforts that will contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of Black Belt citizens and communities. In this 2018 cycle, grant awards will be awarded to support organizations engaging Black Belt citizens in addressing community issues through projects focusing on Community Economic Development(offer economic opportunities and/or improve social conditions), Education(provide additional instructional resources and activities), Health Services(offer resources, educate, and address health needs).

The 2018 Community Grants Program will award approximately 40 grants to community-based organizations serving within the 12-county Black Belt Community Foundation service region. BBCF typically receives over 100 proposals each community grant funding cycle. Normally, community grants are awarded in the range of $500 to $3,000. This year, each local community associates group in collaboration with a local county review grants committee will decide the range of grants for their respective county.  Potential grantees will learn the range of grants for their county at the required grant seekers workshop.
The Black Belt Community Foundation Board of Directors have agreed to match up to $5000 raised by Community Associates in each county and other local contributions by board members and supporters. This year’s total available funding pool is between $100,000 to $120,000. The Board of Directors will announce the 2018 Community Grant Awards on June 30th.
states,” “This year we are excited to support outstanding community efforts across our 12-county BBCF service area. The fact that our community grants cycle is a community-driven process being spear-headed by our BBCF community associates is further testament to BBCF’s central belief that the Black Belt communities know what is best for them. We look forward to supporting economic development, education-based, and health services related efforts that are there to strengthen our communities.”
The Black Belt Community Foundation only funds organizations based in and serving communities in our 12-county region:  Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox.  We anticipate that grants will be awarded in each of the 12 counties.  Projects that cross Black Belt county boundaries must include a letter of support from a partnering organization within the county where they wish to conduct the project.

BBC Foundation selected as Head Start grantee for Dallas, Choctaw, Marengo and Wilcox Counties


Selma-based organization will provide high-quality services to the children and families of the Black Belt region. Will host community information sessions.
June 23, 2017 (Selma, AL) The Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) has been awarded over $1.4 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to oversee the Head Start programs in Dallas, Choctaw, Marengo, and Wilcox counties in Alabama. With the help of this grant, an estimated 307 children in Alabama’s Black Belt will be able to receive critical investment in their early educational development through high-quality program options.
Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt of Alabama best know the area’s challenges and opportunities, the BBCF raises funds and distributes grants to nonprofits that are making a difference in local communities.
BBCF President Felecia Lucky states: “We are excited to be selected as a first-time Head Start grantee to provide high-quality Head Start services to children and families in the Black Belt region. With our programs, we have served over 50,000 children and families. Like Head Start, our programs emphasize the importance of starting early and working closely with families to improve academic outcomes. We were happy to answer the call to serve the community in this way, and we are ready to build on both the work of the Head Start organizations who have come before us and our successful track record of service in the region.”
U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama states: “This is outstanding news for children and families in the Black Belt region. It is so important that our children are supported at an early age with educational programs such as Head Start so that their learning capabilities can be cultivated throughout their formative years. With this grant, the Black Belt Community Foundation will be able to bring valuable program offerings to children in the state that need this support the most.”

Below is the information for next week’s organizational sessions in Selma:
LOCATION: Concordia College, Wright Complex, Selma, Alabama
1804 Green Street, Selma, AL 36701 (ph: 334-874-5700)
June 27:  12pm-1:30pm and 4pm-5:30pm  Informational meeting for current Head Start staff.  This meeting will provide an overview of next steps.  The goal of this meeting is to help provide a clear view to the staff the process BBCF will follow in moving forward.
June 28:  8am-5:30pm  Job Fair. Head Start job applicants can complete their job applications.
June 29:  8am-5:30pm Call Back Interviews (Attendees will be notified in advance.)