Alabama Power Foundation accepting Students to Stewards grant applications
Program supports conservation education across Alabama

The Alabama Power Foundation will accept applications through Oct. 16 for its annual grant program, Students to Stewards.

The program, part of Alabama Power’s Brighter Minds education initiative, will invest nearly $60,000 this year in conservation and stewardship education. Grants will be awarded in two categories:

  • Curriculum: 14 awards up to $1,000 each for classroom lessons, in-the-field learning and teacher training.
  • Outdoor classrooms: six awards up to $7,500 each for the construction of outdoor instruction areas.

“Students to Stewards gives students a place to learn about the outdoors and equips them with knowledge so they can be good stewards of the environment,” said Matt Bowden, Alabama Power vice president of Environmental Affairs.

The main goal of Students to Stewards is to provide support for dynamic stewardship initiatives, conservation education and outdoor classrooms to teach students about the importance of preserving Alabama’s natural resources.   

The foundation also provided the seed grant and continues to support the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program, which complements Students to Stewards.

“The Alabama Power Foundation continues to support important education initiatives around our state,” said Tim Gothard, executive director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation. “Their commitment to educating students about the importance of conservation and stewardship through hands-on learning is outstanding. We look forward to seeing the new opportunities this program will continue to provide for educators and students.”

For more information about Students to Stewards, Brighter Minds and other Alabama Power Foundation and Alabama Power community programs, please visit

Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by Alabama Power shareholders, the Alabama Power Foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits with non-ratepayer money through more than 20,000 grants and scholarships.