Grant Criteria

2021 ACJF Grant Criteria

The Nonprofit invited to submit a proposal will:

  1. Have IRS tax-exempt status.
  2. Meet core operating standards and is considered high performing.
  3. Benefit the disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk as a part of their core mission.
  4. Be able to demonstrate results in previous strategic efforts.
  5. Be willing to work cooperatively with ACJF during the grant process and the development of the proposal.


The proposed Project will:

  1. Have an impact beyond the organization funded.
  2. Have an impact beyond the grant period.
  3. Have a reasonable chance of succeeding with funds available from ACJF or with ACJF and other high probability sources of funds.
  4. Produce measurable results.
  5. Be based on an approach that is well-suited for this particular time.
  6. Demonstrate a collaborative approach at meaningful levels.
  7. Have a good opportunity for leveraging additional funds.

ACJF will:

  1. Listen to and work with stakeholders and organizations in the field to identify potential initiatives for ACJF funding.
  2. Work cooperatively with the organization invited to request a grant to develop the proposal.
  3. Provide assistance, if appropriate and needed, during the grant year.


ACJF will give priority to organizations and programs that:

  1. Demonstrate significant or long-term impact.
  2. Will leverage other funds.
  3. Are based on proven program models.
  4. Encourage high-impact broad based collaboration.
  5. Are well-timed in light of implementation and expected outcome.
  6. Will be a part of a long-term strategy for developing solutions to a significant Alabama problem.
  7. Impact policy issues.
  8. Demonstrate a reasonable opportunity for success with the funding available.