Community Foundation of South Alabama

OVERVIEW: This funder supports nonprofits in the Alabama counties of Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe, Clarke, Choctaw, and Washington. Top areas of interest are capacity building, arts and culture, economic opportunity, and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Capacity building, arts and culture, economic opportunity, health and wellness

IP TAKE:  It isn’t exactly clear how to apply for a CFSA grant, so see the funder’s news section for up-to-date information on grant guidelines. Otherwise, call or email the staff to inquire if any of its 400-plus funds are currently accepting proposals.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA), based in Mobile, connects donors to local nonprofit groups in the southern (mostly southwestern) part of the state. It was established in 1976 by a group of civic and professional leaders to address needs in the Mobile area. It used to be called the Mobile Community Foundation but changed its name in 1994 to reflect a broader service area of eight counties. It manages over 400 charitable funds today.

The service area for this community foundation is Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe, Clarke, Choctaw, and Washington Counties. Areas of interest are nonprofit capacity building, arts and culture, economic opportunity, health and wellness. You can learn about current grantees in each of these categories here. Current financial data can be viewed here.

The foundation has been focusing on closing the opportunity gap for children in Southwest Alabama lately in terms of family, education, and work. This has translated into giving for parenting skills, childcare, early education, work-based learning, job skills training, and more.

Grant application guidelines are not always publicized. Updated guidelines may be sent out via e-newsletter in the future. At the time of this writing, there were no forms available for letters of inquiry or grant applications on the funder’s website. You can sign up for e-news updates on the funder’s homepage.

CFSA also administers various scholarship funds that award money to students in high school, community college, and university, to pay for books, tuition, and fees. This funder received a Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Project Grant from the Louisiana Public Health Institute to develop a web platform for community data in this region. CFSA also has a veterans’ initiative, for which it has selected a group of veterans to serve on an advisory committee to review its research report and help develop a strategy to assist veterans and their families in the community.

The foundation is run by a staff of seven professionals, as well as board officers, board members, and honorary members. General questions can be called into the staff at 251-438-5591, and individual staff members’ email addresses are listed on the staff page.

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