Veterans Initiative Funding Opportunity

Aug 02 2017

Southwest Alabama is home to approximately 60,000 veterans. The Community Foundation of South Alabama is proud to announce a funding opportunity, the Veterans Initiative, dedicated to addressing the significant challenges of the growing population of veterans and their families transitioning into civilian life. As part of the initiative, the Foundation is opening a competitive grant cycle to provide up to $420,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. These grants will support efforts that provide an innovative approach for meeting the needs of veterans and their families in the Foundation’s eight-county service area.

In spring 2017, the Foundation engaged a select group of veterans and community members to serve on a Veterans Initiative Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the advisory committee was to review the results of the Southwest Alabama Veterans Needs Assessment Report and assist the Foundation with its strategy to address the needs of our veterans.  Based upon the committee’s analysis, the Foundation narrowed its focus to two primary areas of focus:

  1. Improving awareness of and access to care and support for veterans and their families.
  2. Behavioral/Mental Health Programs and Services, especially those addressing the underlying causes of substance abuse and/or substance abuse treatment.

Nonprofits interested in submitting a request for a grant must submit a Letter of Inquiry at the Foundation’s website at The deadline for the Letter of Inquiry is August 10th, 2017 by 11:59 pm CT.

For questions about the Veterans Initiative, the assessment, or the full Request for Proposals, please visit the full webpage at, or contact Carolyn Marston at or by calling 251-438-5591.

About The Community Foundation of South Alabama

The Community Foundation of South Alabama is a nonprofit charitable organization that plays a key role in meeting the needs of an eight-county region through leadership and grants. The Foundation serves as a vessel for donors, volunteers, and the community to share ideas, identify issues, and build financial resources necessary to make improvements and positively impact the community. The Foundation administers a collection of charitable funds established by members of the community. Since its founding in 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs that make life better in the community. The Community Foundation builds lasting endowments to ensure grants are available to support the community forever.