Alabama Nonprofits Seek Support in Grant Competition
Bright and early Saturday morning, members of the nonprofit Pounds of Care began settling in at the corner of West Fred Gray Avenue and Lucy Street.
This was the first time they had hosted an event like this, which was a way to raise awareness of their Affordable Homes initiative and the launch party to kick off the crowdfunding phase of the annual A Community Thrives grant program. the Gannett Foundation.
Eight Alabama nonprofits are participating in this phase of the program, which will run through August 12 at 8 p.m. Each group receives a website where donations can be accepted and marketing assistance to learn how to fundraise using online campaigns even after the Community Thrivs crowdfunding period ends.
Over $2 million in grants are available from the Gannett Foundation. The foundation is affiliated with Gannett Corp. Inc., parent company of the Montgomery Advertiser, Tuscaloosa News and Gadsden Times.
The nonprofits that raise the most for their tiers will be selected for incentive grants. Bonus challenge grants are also in play for organizations that want to compete.
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Pounds of Care works with Westside Wood Works, an organization created to provide men with the tools to support themselves and their families. The two organizations are renovating, restoring and building new homes in the Hill Street area of Oak Street on Fred Gray Avenue for the 60th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery in 2025. Starting with the lot where their event took place on Saturday , they plan to build 10 to 12 houses in the initial phase of the project.
Money raised through the A Community Thrives program will be used to help renovate and restore homes that are already in the area, as well as help organizations secure a factory to help manufacture and train 30 employees to build the houses with Westside Wood Works.
Donate to Pounds of Care here.
Meet the other Montgomery area nonprofits participating in A Community Thrivs:
Ministries Inspired by Hope
Hope Inspired Ministries serves the chronically unemployed by preparing and equipping them to obtain, retain and excel in employment. HIM tries to teach people to overcome and break down barriers in the workplace, such as addiction, mental health, lack of identification or transportation. Currently, HIM packs all of their students into six cars to get to events at any of their other campuses. They are fundraising to get three vans, one for each venue, to better provide transportation to events, facilities, or even a doctor’s appointment, should clients need it.
Donate to HIM here.
Destiny Driven Inc.
Destiny Driven Inc. is a debating league that helps young people in Montgomery by cultivating leadership, civic engagement and self-esteem. The organization uses speaking and debate to foster leadership and academic growth. This year, they hope the grant and fundraising funds will fund a four-week youth leadership summit, where each attendee would receive a stipend for their daily attendance. Destiny Driven also won the grant in 2020 and used the money to take their cohort to 12 debates – three national debates, four state and some city debates.
Donate to Destiny Driven Inc. here.
Lord Saving Many Solutions Inc.
Lord Saving Many Solutions hopes to lift program participants out of poverty or low-income situations and help them become financially independent. The organization offers transitional housing, virtual learning, and wellness and nutrition programs. The grant money would be used to continue to house and feed those in need.
Donate to Lord Saving Many Solutions Inc. here.
Starting Point Inc.
Starting Point Inc. was founded in 2014 as a resource center for women who have been released from prison. Its founder, Betty Washington, said she found that women coming out of prison had nowhere to go, with limited places in Montgomery, while some were also fighting for custody of their children. Starting Point provides transitional housing for women and Washington is working on a collective cohort to teach workshops on soft skills, leadership and professional development.
Donate to Starting Point here.
Several other organizations in Alabama participate in A Community Thrives: Freedom Farm Inc. in Northport, the Humane Society Pet Rescue and Adoption Center in Gadsden, and the Morgan County Humane Society in Hartselle.
Former Alabama grant recipients
- Ministries Inspired by Hope, $10,000
- Montgomery Habitat for Humanity, $2,500
- New Beginnings Education Center, $2,500
Destini Ambus is a news intern for the Montgomery Advertiser. You can reach her at [email protected]