COVID-19 Response and Related Grantmaking Guidelines

As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, the Wiregrass Foundation is in regular contact with our community and organizational leaders to best assess our next steps to continue to our strategic partnerships. Our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of our community.

In order to be in the best position to partner with our community and civic leaders, the Wiregrass Foundation will not be accepting program or capital grant requests for the remainder of the year*. Micro-Grant requests are now reopened and the deadline for application is September 1, 2020 for the October cycle. Consideration will also be given for Micro-Grants for assistance and programs impacted by COVID, but not for revenue replacement.  Examples of COVID-related applications: temporary help for staffing loss due to COVID, staff assistance due to increased community need as a result of COVID, replenishment of material resources due to COVID, etc.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we want to give every grant the consideration and time reflective of the good work that is being done. We know these are challenging times, but we’ll continue to partner with you to energize the spirit and potential of our community.

*Project grants that are date sensitive may be considered. Please call the Foundation offices to discuss potential options.

Our Mission

“To energize the spirit and potential of our local community through charitable investments that will have significant, measurable impact on our health, education and quality of life.”


Zones of Interest

  • Health

    Fostering economic growth and development to improve the health and well-being of Wiregrass individuals, families, and the community as a whole.

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  • Education

    To increase school readiness, K-12 achievement and post-secondary attainment.

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  • Quality of Life

    To produce a rising standard of living, including increased income, assets and economic security and to build civic engagement and promote effective leadership and organizations.

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Wiregrass Foundation’s goals enable us to focus on making a difference in three zones of interest — health, education, and quality of life — in Houston, Henry, Dale and Geneva counties in southeast Alabama, which make up the Wiregrass Area.



Grantee Highlights


  • Wiregrass Public Safety Center

    In February 2017, Wiregrass Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimous support for our largest project to-date: an investment of over $20 million dollars in the construction of the Wiregrass Public Safety Center. Along with our partners—the City of Dothan, Houston County, and several key private companies–the Center will fulfill a comprehensive mission: To be the model […]

  • Bright Key

    Bright Key is a partnership between Wiregrass Foundation and Dothan City Schools to pilot an innovative, grassroots community school initiative in two area schools:  Highlands Elementary and Selma Street Elementary. Bright Key involves school-community stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, and neighborhood residents) in the identification and implementation of programs and services to maximize the academic potential […]

  • Wiregrass United Way

    Wiregrass United Way (WUW) supports 42 partnering agencies in six counties in southeast Alabama. The purpose of WUW’s Annual Campaign is to raise funds to help support the operating budgets of these agencies. By raising a bulk of their funds during the Campaign, WUW enables the agencies to spend less time fund raising and more […]


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