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Applications open for Compass Society Grant Program (Alabama)

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville





September 28, 2023



Award Floor:



Match Required?




Entity Types:

County governments, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Private institutions of higher education, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education




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The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville is seeking applications for its Compass Society Grant program to support innovative, high-impact, collaborative, visionary projects spanning the Community Foundation’s Quality of Life Framework.
Donor Name: Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville
State: Alabama
County: Selected Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline: 09/28/2023
Size of the Grant: $50,000
The Compass Society brings the community’s spirit of innovation to generosity to serve as a catalyst for Greater Huntsville’s future. Through the power of generosity, the Compass Society implements collaborative, visionary projects that have a significant and sustainable impact across many areas of the community’s quality of life. Visionary doesn’t just mean something new, but rather it is the future-focused opportunity to create a community you want for your children and your grandchildren. These proposals require organizations in the community to work together to achieve something greater than any one organization could achieve alone, no matter how great the work they are doing.
Focus Areas
The work of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville stretches across eight areas in the Quality of Life Framework, which are defined below.

Arts and Culture

Enriches the community through arts, culture, and lifestyle experiences

Basic Needs

Provides food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities

Economic Opportunity

Equips individuals and organizations through training, creating employment opportunities, and promoting growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem


Invests in early childhood development, K-12 students, college and career readiness, post-secondary education, and lifelong learning


Stewards the community’s natural resources

Health and Wellness

Addresses physical and mental health and wellness

Neighborhoods and Communities

Strengthens entire neighborhoods or communities through a holistic approach


Engages in experiences that refresh the mind, body and spirit

Funding Priority
Priority will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:


Affect a large number of people through scalable, ripple-effect transformation


Involve three or more partners that may or may not all be nonprofits. The organization applying must meet the Eligible Recipient qualifications below.

Span the focus areas in the Quality of Life Framework

Impact three or more of the focus areas listed above


Create innovative, future-focused projects or programs

Funding Information
Grant Amount: $50,000
Geographic Focus
Greater Huntsville, Alabama (Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan counties).
Eligible Expenses

Program costs for new and/or existing programs
Reasonable staff and/or volunteer time and training associated with the implementation of the program/project

Eligibility Criteria
All grants from this Fund must be made for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes to any organization that is described Code Section 170(c)(2), 501(c)(3), 2055(a)(2) or 2522(a)(2) (except for private foundations as defined by Code Section 509(a)) (“qualified organization”). Qualified organizations also include schools, religious institutions, or government agencies located in the Greater Huntsville area.
Ineligible Expenses

Organizations not organized as “qualified organizations” as defined in Eligible Recipients section above
Grants to individuals
Debt reduction
Endowment campaigns
Fundraising events or galas
Annual campaigns
Membership drives
Conference expenses
Political activities intended to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, influence the outcome of any specific public election, favor one or more specific political party or candidate, or otherwise carry out lobbying activities

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