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Community Development Grant Guide

Service grants provide services and resources to the grant recipients as opposed to a monetary grant. This means the University might hire outside contractors for the project or utilize the services of faculty, staff or students to complete the project. Any funds transferred take place between the University and the contractor or supplier. 

The University will only provide grants to cities, towns or communities in the Black Belt region. This region includes the following counties: Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox. Projects may not cross into counties not included in this list. 

Please note that grants will NOT be awarded to and/or for the benefit of:

  • Individuals 

  • Religious organizations for religious purposes 

  • Political organizations 

  • Candidates for public office 

  • School systems 

  • National fundraising drives 

  • Tickets for Benefits 

  • Lobbying activities 

  • Scholarship or endowment funds 

  • Capital Investments 

Please apply by filling out an application and emailing/mailing it to us at: 

Division of Outreach Services 
The University of West Alabama 
Station 35 
Livingston, AL 3547 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call at 205.652.3665. Our staff will be more than willing to assist you in the application process. 

Our grants are not renewable. Cities and towns must apply each year.