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

The Alabama Power Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 Gateway grant program. Cities, towns and communities of all sizes can apply for a grant through the program, which provides up to $2,000 toward the purchase of materials for community signs.

“Gateway grants do more than provide signage,” said Myla Calhoun, Alabama Power vice president of Charitable Giving. “These grants help communities appear more welcoming, which in turn draws tourism, supports economic development and fosters civic pride.”

Since the program launched in 2012, more than $190,000 in Gateway grants have been awarded to more than 80 communities across the state.

Applications are available online through June 30. Recipients will be notified in August.

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 apply to have a sign refurbished.

Gateway is one of several community grant programs funded by the Alabama Power Foundation.

Since its creation in 1989 with funds donated by shareholders, the foundation has supported Alabama communities, educational institutions and nonprofits with non-ratepayer dollars through more than 20,000 grant and scholarship awards.

For more information about Gateway and to access the online application, or to learn about other Alabama Power Foundation and Alabama Power community programs, please visit