Making a difference in baldwin County
$3.1 Million and Growing!
Total Impact in Baldwin County since founding in 2008
Grant Winners 2018
Arts & Culture: Baldwin County Youth Orchestra
“Baldwin Strings Academy “
Grant funding will pay for additional string instruments that will allow for the expansion of the Baldwin County Youth Orchestra after-school strings program. Children in elementary schools in Elberta, Foley and Summerdale will now have access to this musical enrichment. A brand-new program for middle school students in Robertsdale is included in this project. Grant funds will also be used to cover instructor fees at all schools.
Education: Fairhope Point Clear Rotary Youth Programs, Inc.
“Creating a Healthier Academic Environment”
Grant funding will be used to restore, enhance and improve the Rotary Youth Club gymnasium, which houses a library, tech classroom and teen room. The enhancements will help them meet current safety standards, be energy efficient and made usable for the needs of children pre-K through high school, as well as the community.
Environment, Preservation and Recreation:
The Miracle League of Coastal Alabama, Inc.
“Miracle League All Inclusive Recreational Park”
This grant will provide special playground equipment for the new all-inclusive park in Summerdale, designed to enable persons with special needs to play side-by-side with their family and friends. The special equipment being purchased will include a sensory/music station, a “ZipKrooz” zip line with a chair, spinners, a wheelchair glider and swing set, ramps and more.
Family: Volunteers of America Southeast/Light of the City
“Light the Way Family Initiative “
Grant funds will provide for improvements and upgrades to the former Douglasville High School Campus, including construction of a 24’ x 24’ event and community gathering pavilion, resurfacing the gymnasium floor, creation of a 1/10-mile walking track, and the development of a community garden area.
Health & Wellness: Big Fish Ministries
“Facilitating Change, Championing Freedom, Fostering Hope”
This grant will expand Big Fish Ministries’ residential treatment program to include women, allowing them to purchase the property currently housing the men’s program and convert it to a much- needed women’s facility.
Grant Winners 2017
Arts & Culture: Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre
“Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre SHINES: Completion of ESRT’s Lighting and Sound Systems”
Grant funding will allow for the purchase of high-quality lighting and sound equipment, providing better quality than rental equipment, eliminating annual rental expenses, provide greater financial control, and increase the number of performances and audience capacity.
Education: Baldwin County Education Coalition
“Opening Minds and Doors Through Child Literacy”
This project will provide professional development for over 240 teachers in three specific feeder pattern communities that serve a high number of impoverished students. It will potentially impact over 8600 students in the Guided Reading Initiative for Baldwin County Schools with a goal to increase scores and readability.
Environment, Preservation & Recreation:
Beckwith Camp and Conference Center
“Investing in Its Future and Envisioning
Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Facilities”
This grant provides for renovation of Wilson Hall, specifically the kitchen, dining hall, screen porch, and handicap parking area to enable serving 30,000+ meals a year more economically and efficiently; improve accessibility for the disabled, and further increase the number of guests in the future.
Family: South Baldwin Literacy Council
“Capital Improvement to the South Baldwin Literacy Council Facility”
Funding would provide for a building addition consisting of four separate 12×12 rooms, greatly needed to accommodate growing demand in South Baldwin County for one-on-one literacy tutoring for adults and children.
Health & Wellness: Care House
“Restoring Hope, Rebuilding Lives”
Impact 100 Funds would be used for a 3000 square foot building expansion which would enable current staff employees/volunteers to have much needed office space to hold private, confidential meetings; and provide a play/lounge area for children, a confidential waiting area, a multi-use teaching room, and additional parking.
Grant Winners 2016
Arts & Culture: South Baldwin Community Theatre
South Baldwin Community Theatre encourages residents to develop and maintain an active and abiding interest in legitimate theater. They have a theater in Gulf Shores that has ten productions, including three Young Artist Series involving children from the local community and other events each year. Their project is to upgrade their lighting system, thereby enhancing their productions and the theater experience for the performers and guests.
Education: Baldwin County Library Cooperative
The Baldwin County Library Cooperative seeks to improve library services throughout the county and to ensure all citizens have access to information resources adequate to meet their professional, educational and recreational needs. The Impact grant will be used to purchase a bookmobile which allow them to take their services to those citizens who live in rural areas not served by a municipal library.
Update: The Library Cooperative purchased a pre-owned vehicle in 2017 and has transformed it into a new bookmobile to serve Baldwin County! Click HERE for more information!
Family: The Family Center
The Family Center’s goal is to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free education training and support to families. Their project is to purchase a centrally located facility in Baldwin County that will afford them the ability to offer monitored child exchanges, expand their supervised child visitation program, and conduct classes.
Health & Wellness: Under His Wings
“The Home of Hope for Girls Who Need a Chance”
Under His Wings provides a residential group home for adolescent girls in Baldwin County who have been traumatized by abuse, homelessness, abandonment, or other tragic events. They will use their grant funds to construct a new, permanent facility in Baldwin County where these girls can live, learn, heal, and develop hope for their future. Construction will begin within 30 days.
Update: The new home is complete! See the overhead view in the photo above.
Grant Winners 2015
AUC Resource Center
Enhance and update an existing day care center, after school program and summer camp, including new computers, software, workstations, playground equipment, and a new 15-passenger van and a used wheelchair accessible van.
Daphne Search and Rescue
Use grant funds to purchase state of the art high-resolution sonar technology and other safety equipment
Baldwin County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Provide a “Life Bag” to children in or going to foster care. These include age-appropriate items such as underwear, school uniforms, pillow, blanket, toiletries and books.
ARC Baldwin County
Purchase three vehicles, two of which would be handicap accessible, to transport disabled individuals to an average of 200 medical appointments each month and 90 hospital visits a year.
Grant Winners 2014
“Tune it Up a Notch”
Purchase of instruments, equipment, music and trailer; part-time instructors
Purchase radios with accessories to be compliant with US Homeland Security
“Constructing Accessible Bathroom Facilities”
Construction of handicapped accessible bathroom facilities in both the men’s and women’s restrooms.
“Rotary Youth Club Education Center”
Expansion of the Education Center
“Communication for the Nonverbal Child”
Development of curriculum software that uses voice feedback when a child touches an icon on the screen.
Grant Winners 2013
Baldwin Family Violence Shelter
“Children’s Resource Center”
Funded a 1600 sq. ft. addition to The Lighthouse, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, to provide an area for child services.
“Baldwin County’s BIG Impact”
Allowed for expansion of their mentoring program to reach 100 additional at-risk children in Baldwin County
Faulkner Jr. College Foundation
“Performing Arts Pavilion”
Provided final funding needed to construct a performing arts pavilion on the Fairhope campus
Grant Winners 2012
In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and Eastern Shore Affordable Houses, repaired 100 homes of low income, elderly or disabled Baldwin County residents.
“Giving Girls a Hope and a Future”
Establish a home for girls in crisis in order to offer hope and healing through education, counseling and nurturing.
*Unforeseen circumstances prohibited Under His Wings from being able to implement its project. Consequently they forfeited their award and the funds were added to the grant pool for 2014. In 2016, this organization was awarded an Impact grant for the construction of a new home.
Grant Winners 2011
Purchase a facility to serve as Day Center for its Homeless Families with Children program
“Building to Meet the Need”
Renovate and furnish new warehouse facility and equip with freezer and coolers to enhance food pantry program.
Grant Winner 2010
“150 Troubled Teens”
Increase graduation rates of at-risk teens in Baldwin County.
Grant Winner 2009
“Permanent Site for S. Baldwin Co.”
Purchase a permanent facility for counseling abused children and their families
Grant Winner 2008
“Empower Me! Transitional Housing Program for Women and Children”
Program to assist mothers and their children transition from Mary’s Shelter to independent living in the community.