Alabama Power Foundation accepting Gateway grant applications
Program for cities, towns, communities to build or repair signage

The Alabama Power Foundation is accepting Gateway grant applications through June 26. Cities, towns and communities of all sizes can apply for up to $2,000 toward the purchase of materials for community signs.

“Welcome signs are a way for communities to illustrate their unique charm,” said John Hudson, president of the foundation. “We hope this program helps communities express their spirit in a way that builds pride, boosts tourism and draws economic development.”

Since the program launched in 2012, more than $100,000 in Gateway grants have been awarded to more than 50 communities across the state.

Grant applicants should remember that suitable locations must be highly visible and a logical entry to the community. Here are some other guidelines for applying for a Gateway grant:

  • The funding must be used for signage only and cannot be used for landscape materials or design services.
  • Photos of the site and a drawing or representation of the proposed sign are required.
  • If the cost of the project exceeds $2,000, the applicant will be asked to provide sources of other funding to ensure the project is a success.
  • Applicants may seek to have a sign refurbished.

Gateway is one of several community grant programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. To access the online application and to learn more about Gateway, as well as other Alabama Power Foundation and Alabama Power community programs, please visit

Each year, the Alabama Power Foundation awards more than 1,000 grants, using nonratepayer money. Since it was founded in 1989 with funds donated by Alabama Power shareholders, the foundation has given more than $150 million through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.