Bama Rising Fund Announcement

Bama Rising Fund announces $818,000 in grants to help families and communities across state

The Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is awarding an additional $818,000 to provide 196 families with the security of a home of their own and to assist in rebuilding a volunteer fire department and creating a community storm shelter. These efforts, including repair, rebuilding and furnishing for individual homes, support needs in 20 counties devastated by April 2011 tornadoes across Alabama.

With this fourth round of grants, the Bama Rising Advised Fund of the Community Foundation has awarded a total of $1.758 million in 25 counties out of $2.1 million raised in a June 2011 benefit concert organized and headlined by the band ALABAMA. Current grants are:

  • $225,000 to support repairs, rebuilding, furniture and appliance needs for individuals and families, including many with disabilities, medical problems and the elderly in Marion and Franklin counties through United Way of Northwest Alabama
  • $200,000 for repair and rebuilding through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham and the Central Alabama Long-Term Recovery Committee, serving Jefferson and St. Clair counties
  • $145,000 for rebuilding efforts in Jackson and DeKalb counties through the Jackson/DeKalb Long-Term Recovery Committee and Upper Sand Mountain Parish
  • $100,000 to repair, rebuild and furnish homes in Lawrence County through United Way of Lawrence County
  • $50,000 for repair, rebuilding and home furnishings through the Community Foundation of West Alabama and the Long-Term Recovery Committee of West Alabama, to serve individuals and families in Tuscaloosa, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Bibb, Fayette, Marengo, Lamar and Pickens counties
  • $25,000 for repairs and rebuilding homes in Cullman County through United Way of Cullman County
  • $20,000 to repair and rebuild homes in Choctaw County, through the Choctaw County Long-Term Recovery Committee
  • $5,000 for rebuilding efforts through Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County
  • $48,000 toward rebuilding a portion of the Websteršs Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in Calhoun County and adding a 100-person community storm shelter on the VFD property.

"These grants build on almost $1 million awarded already through the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation, ensuring that communities across our state receive assistance from the proceeds of the benefit concert," said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

"The families are doing so much of the rebuilding work themselves, with the help of friends, neighbors, and volunteers," he added. "These grants help families fill the remaining gaps, whether it is materials for flooring, shingles for a roof or a replacement heating unit."

As one person working on long-term recovery on Sand Mountain said, "While there is much work still to be done, each day brings new blessings to more and more families thanks to the continued support of the Bama Rising Fund."