Black Belt Community Foundation announces 2017 Arts Grant Cycle


SELMA, AL: The Black Belt Community Foundation recently announced its 2017 Arts Grant Cycle. Community-based organizations from Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox Counties are encouraged to apply.
The BBCF seeks to support organizations who engage citizens in the Black Belt region in the arts. The 2017 Arts Grant Cycle will support projects addressing the arts in these categories: arts education programming, arts exposure programming and arts professional development.
The BBCF will offer funding in two ways:
• Small grants pool with funding up to $3,000 will cover arts education programming, arts exposure programming and arts professional development.
• Larger grants with funding up to $10,000 will cover arts education programming only.

The BBCF will be hosting six grant seeking workshops for the organizations who are interested in applying for a 2017 Arts Grant. Attendance at one of the workshops is mandatory in order to be considered for a 2017 Arts Grant. The Grant seeking workshops will be held at the following locations:

• University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL. on Saturday, February 11th from 10 am to 12 pm
• BBCF office in Selma on Wednesday, February 15th from 10 am to 12 pm
• BBCF office in Selma on Thursday, February 16th from 6 pm to 8 pm
• Black Belt Treasures, Camden, AL on Friday, February 17th from 10 am to 12 pm
• Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center, Tuskegee, AL. on
Saturday, February 18th from 2 pm to 4 pm

• BBCF office in Selma on Saturday, February 25th from 10 am to 12 pm

Please contact Jo Taylor at 334-874-1126 or jtaylor@blackbeltfound,org for more information about the workshops. Applications will be available by request, at the workshops and through the Black Belt Community Foundation’s website:

Applicants are encouraged to email completed applications to or

Grant Applications are due before 4:30 PM on Friday, March 3, 2017. These grants are made possible by the generous support of The Alabama State Council on the Arts
As BBCF is a tax-exempt organization (ID 63-1270745) under the 501(c) (3) code of the IRS, your gift is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent allowed by the law. In compliance with federal tax laws, we acknowledge that no goods or services have been received in return for your gift.

SPOT students honor Greene County Trailblazers


The Greene County Children’s Policy Council (CPC) through its SPOT Program (Strategically Preparing Out Teens) honored six individuals who played strategic roles in the Civil Rights Movement in Greene County. The honorees and their student presenters were: Mrs. Johnnie Ella Williams, presented by Jamia Jackson, Jamar Jackson, and JaMarcus Jackson; Mrs. Ninnia Jo Hutton (posthumously), presented by Victoria Jones and Talia Hawkins;  Mrs. Annie Knox, presented by Courtney Davis; Mr. George ‘Boy’ Perry, presented by Ivan Peebles and DeMarius Cockrell; Mrs. Marie Perry Hines,  presented by Elijah Isaac and Gabriella Walker; and Mr. Raymond (Mank) Powell (posthumously), presented by Jorien Reeves and Jamaiyah White.
The Trailblazers program is an annual event begun in 2009 by CPC through a grant from the Black Belt Community Foundation and has continued since then. In preparation for the event, the SPOT students interview the perspective honorees and/or their family members and write their individual stories.  This is a unique experience for young people to learn local history and the key players who affected social and political change in the county and the region.
Other program participants included: Prelude Music by Nigel Speights; Welcome by Makayla Farrow, Meditation by LaTaursa Jones, Occasion by Sara Hawkins, Musical Selections by Wanda Hawkins, Closing Remarks by Judge Lillie Jones Osborne and Benediction and Blessing of Food by Rev. James E. Carter.