Compass Society

Grant Description

Created to “Map the Future” the Compass Society brings the region’s spirit of innovation to generosity and serves as a catalyst for Greater Huntsville’s future. Compass Society funding supports high-impact, collaborative, and visionary projects that span the Community Foundation’s Quality of Life Framework. Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Huntsville area – Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties. Exact allocations will be determined based on funding and projects.

2023 Grant Recipients

The Compass Society awarded three nonprofits serving the Greater Huntsville area a combined total of $125,000 for visionary initiatives that boost synergy and span multiple areas of the Quality of Life framework.

Habitat for Humanity of the River Valley - $50,000

Home Repair Program Habitat for Humanity of the River Valley, with the support of community partnerships, recently launched the Home Repair Program (HRP) to provide low-income families with needed repairs related to safety, health, mobility, and sustainability issues. This expansion of their pilot project will provide support for homeowners in Madison and Limestone counties.

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology - $50,000

Genetic Explorers is a collaboration between HudsonAlpha and community organizations that provide afterschool services. This program is designed to expose children to high-quality, hands-on science lessons and help build a pathway to STEM success for underserved and underrepresented students. The pilot project will be launched in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama at sites in Madison and Jackson Counties.

The Scottsboro Boys Museum - $25,000

The Scottsboro Boys Museum plans to add an outdoor interpretive space for the enjoyment and edification of visitors. The plaza includes a signature sculpture, reading posts, benches, as well as new landscaping. Since the museum is only open a total of eighteen hours per week, this project allows visitors to engage in new ways and gives the museum more flexibility in scheduling programs.