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Alabama Power Foundation’s ‘Power to Play’ grant program accepting applications

The Alabama Power Foundation’s Power to Play grant program, in its ninth year of supporting student achievement through participation in arts and athletics programs, is taking applications.

“Power to Play grants have helped make a difference for students across the state,” said Margaret White, Alabama Power Foundation manager for Community Initiatives. “We are excited to keep the momentum going and support ongoing efforts to boost student achievement, especially in communities with financial need.”

Power to Play grants provide options for schools to increase participation in arts, music and athletics. Schools can use the grants to support new programs or expand existing ones, and to reduce student fees, among other initiatives.

Studies show that students involved in athletics, arts and music programs perform better on standardized tests. Greater participation in these programs can help improve school graduation and attendance rates, and reduce disciplinary issues.

This year, Power to Play grants are also available to help replenish revenue loss in arts or athletics departments because of COVID-19-related restrictions. Power to Play will award up to 36 grants of $2,500 each: Up to 18 grants are available for athletics programs and up to 18 for arts programs. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Power to Play grants are limited to Alabama middle and high schools where at least 50% of the student body receives free or reduced-price lunches. To learn more or to apply for a Power to Play grant, click here.

The Alabama Power Foundation is committed to empowering communities, bridging the gaps of inequity and improving the quality of life for all Alabamians. Funded by shareholder dollars, the foundation provides philanthropic support to Alabama communities, nonprofits and educational institutions. Learn more at