Alabama Power Foundation awards Gateway grants
Grants help provide welcome signs to promote communities statewide

The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in 2015 Gateway grants. The 33 grants will provide materials for signs to welcome visitors into cities, towns and communities across Alabama.

Gateway’s goal is to help revitalize communities by funding well-designed signage to greet visitors. The signs can also help to attract new business and industry to cities and towns.

“The Gateway grant program has helped cities and towns across Alabama to present themselves in a new way,” said John Hudson, president of the Alabama Power Foundation. “Whether it is promoting community spirit, encouraging tourism or welcoming economic development, the program is helping communities share their stories.”

Communities and groups receiving this year’s Gateway grants are:

  • City of Abbeville
  • City of Alabaster
  • City of Birmingham – Crestwood South
  • City of Birmingham – Sherman Heights
  • City of Birmingham – Tuxedo
  • City of Birmingham – West End
  • City of Birmingham – Wylam
  • City of Brewton
  • City of Brilliant
  • City of Brookside
  • City of Fayette – Guthrie Smith Park
  • City of Gardendale
  • City of Geneva
  • City of Glencoe
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Heflin
  • City of Hokes Bluff
  • City of McMullen
  • City of Mobile – Tillman’s Corner
  • City of Montgomery
  • City of Oxford
  • City of Piedmont
  • City of Smiths Station
  • City of Vernon
  • Riverside Beautification
  • Town of Bear Creek
  • Town of Berry
  • Town of Glen Allen
  • Town of Harpersville
  • Town of Kimberly
  • Town of Oak Grove
  • Town of Snead
  • Town of Talladega Springs.

In its fourth year, the Gateway program has awarded nearly $200,000 through almost 100 grants. Gateway is one of several community programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation. For more information on Gateway and other Alabama Power programs, visit

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