In partnership with the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Alabama Urban Forestry Association, the foundation provides Good Roots grants of up to $1,000 per grant to help cities, schools, towns and nonprofit organizations plant trees. This year, the foundation is awarding 44 Good Roots grants to recipients across the state.
Good Roots helps beautify and strengthen communities with tree-planting projects that benefit the environment, and support recreation and economic development efforts.
“Good Roots is making a significant impact in our communities,” said John Hudson, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “Beyond their aesthetic value, trees can boost property values, make public spaces more inviting and contribute to a better quality of life.”
This year’s grantees included a larger number of schools and nonprofits than in recent years. The number of grantees also has increased.
“We are proud to partner with community leaders and organizations focused on making a difference in our state,” Hudson said.
Communities and organizations receiving this year’s Good Roots grants are:
- Alexander City Tree Board
- Bevill State Community College, Sumiton
- Childersburg Elementary
- City of Aliceville
- City of Atmore
- City of Brilliant
- City of Center Point
- City of Chickasaw
- City of Daphne
- City of Dora
- City of Fayette
- City of Jasper
- City of Livingston
- City of Mobile
- City of Piedmont
- City of Saraland
- City of Selma
- City of Tallassee
- City of Wetumpka
- Etowah Historical Society, Gadsden
- Foundation 154, Elba
- Friends of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion, Montgomery
- Friends of the Montgomery Clean City Commission
- Friends of Winnataska, Birmingham
- Gadsden Public Library Foundation
- Gardendale Park and Recreation
- Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Alabama
- Irondale Community School
- Ivalee Elementary
- J.U. Blacksher School, Uriah
- Jacksonville State University
- Jefferson Davis Community College, Brewton
- Joseph F. Weldy Home for Children, Winfield
- Montgomery County Commission
- Montgomery Trees Inc.
- SAFE (Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement)
- Tillmans Corner (City of Mobile)
- Town of Black
- Town of Dauphin Island
- Town of Glen Allen
- Town of Gordo
- Town of Harpersville
- Town of Kimberly
- Town of Woodland
To date, the foundation has awarded more than $650,000 in Good Roots grants, benefiting almost 700 cities, towns and nonprofit organizations.
The Alabama Power Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the foundation has provided Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits support with non-ratepayer money through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships. Good Roots is one of several community grant programs funded by the foundation.