Black Belt Community Foundation awards $175,000 to 62 organizations

Eight Greene County groups received BBCF Community Grants at the 2010 Community Grant Awards Ceremony held Saturday, September 24 at Wallace Community College Selma.

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) awarded $175,000 to 62 community organizations in the ninth round of its Community Grants Program to serve its 12 county Alabama impact area. 

Since 2005, over $800,000 has been awarded by BBCF to  community organizations through the Community Grants Program. An additional $690,000 has been awarded in the foundation’s Community Arts Program, in conjunction with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Cultural and Youth Committee of the Black Belt  Action Commission.

Eight Greene County organizations were awarded grants in this round, including:

*Center for Rural Family Development: $3,000 to purchase computers, printers and program supplies and to support program publicity for the “Speak Up” program.

*First United Rural Family Development Center: $3,000 to support utility expenses, internet services, educational materials and transportation for their tutorial program.

*FOGCE Federal Credit Union: $3,000 to purchase computer workstations, printers and software.

*Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: $3,000 to support youth educational programs for the ‘Dr. Bettye Shabazz Delta Academy,’ a DST  national project serving young girls in middle school.

*Greene County Children’s Policy Council: $3,000 to support field trips, instructional and technological supplies for tutorial program.

* Greene County Humane Society: $3,000 to purchase animal traps and support veterinarian and transportation expenses for the county’s animal control efforts.

  * Greene County Humane Society: $3,000 to purchase animal traps and support veterinarian and transportation expenses for the county’s animal control efforts.

 * Harambe Community Youth Organization: $2,850 to sponsor transportation costs and registration fees for three leadership camps and cultural field trips in addition to materials for creative expression.

* Woman to Woman: $3,000 to purchase and upgrade computers and softwear for mentee’s computer lab.

At the meeting, BBCF Board members Carol P. Zippert and George McMillan reported on the foundation’s challenge grant to raise  funds in the Black Belt and from other supporters to develop an endowment fund for the foundation to continue its operations and grant giving program into the future.

    The Ford Foundation,  which has been a principal supporter of the foundation since its inception,  has provided a $1 million challenge grant, to match contributions to BBCF’s endowment fund on a $1 for every $2 raised locally basis. So the BBCF must raise $2 million from local and other supporters to realize the full $1 million in matching funds for the endowment from Ford Foundation. Ford is also requiring that the BBCF recruit at least 1,000 new donors from the local impact area as part of the challenge.

Carol Zippert, Greene County Board member, explained that “as of Saturday, BBCF had raised a little over $1 million from 410 donors towards the challenge. We must raise another $1 million and find 600 more new donors by the end of March 2011. This will be our major focus for the next six months. Any person, business or organization living in the Black Belt or supportive of the BBCF can become a donor philanthropist and help us meet this challenge. Meeting the endowment challenge will help us make the BBCF more viable and effective for the future.”

 George McMillan of Birmingham, former Lt. Governor of Alabama, who serves as Chair of the BBCF Board, asked each of the over 200 people assembled for the grant ceremony, “to consider becoming a donor and giving from $1 to $1,000 to be part of the foundation.” Over 40 people contributed close to $1,000 in cash and pledges at the Saturday ceremony to help BBCF get closer to its endowment challenge goal.

 For more information or to contribute to the Black Belt Community Foundation, contact: Felecia Jones, Executive Director at P. O. Box 2020, 609 Lauderdale Street, Selma, Alabama 36702; phone 334/874-1131;

Black Belt Community Foundation to give $175,000 at 2010 Community Grant Ceremony


The Black Belt Community Foundation will host its ninth Community Grants Award Ceremony on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 1:30 pm at Wallace Community College in Selma, AL.

BBCF is proud to highlight the largest and most diverse group of grantees in BBCF history. These sixty-two organizations from across twelve Black Belt counties will receive grant awards totaling $175,000. Projects include local fire departments, agriculture programs, youth leadership programs, community education programs, and animal control efforts.

According to BBCF Director Felicia Jones, the public is invited to come help us celebrate the hard work and dedication of our 62 grantee organizations and the work they do to transform Alabama’s Black Belt Region.

The Black Belt Community Foundation was established in 2004 to support community efforts in the Black Belt that will contribute to the strength, innovation, and success of all of the region’s people and communities.  The Foundation has awarded over $800,000 through its Community Grants Program.    

 For additional information on the Black Belt Community Foundation or the Community Grants Program, contact the office at 334.874.1126 or