The decision to award or deny a grant is made by the directors of Alpha. The directors make such grant decisions based on the materials submitted by each applicant. Toward the end of November each year, the directors meet to review and select the current year’s grant recipients. Every applicant that submitted a request will be notified of the decision in writing shortly after the annual meeting. Award funds will be disbursed after announcement of the grant award. Applicants who receive grants or who are denied grants may make a subsequent application for a grant.

Although Alpha will consider grant requests from organizations outside the Madison County, Alabama area, the main geographical focus is the Madison County area.

Grant recipients should submit a brief written report describing what has been accomplished with the granted funds and accounting for the expenditure of the funds at completion. In certain instances, grant recipients may be requested to submit reports periodically before all funds have been exhausted. Award funds may be expended only for the purpose for which they were granted.