Three Alabama communities win T-Mobile funding

Projects include community pool, public access Wi-Fi and park improvements

Selma project will improve access to views of river and Edmund Pettus Bridge. Alabama Tourism Department/Art Meripol.

Three Alabama communities — Fairfield, Northport and Selma — will benefit from a new T-Mobile philanthropic project that’s slated to award $25 million over five years.

The grants announced this month total $1 million and go to 25 communities around the country.

Alabama grants were awarded to:

  • Fairfield — to upgrade the pool at the Jerry D. Coleman Community Center, make it accessible to all citizens, add a youth swim team and add water aerobics for older adults.
  • Northport — to add public access Wi-Fi to enable residents and visitors to connect more easily with information about the downtown’s history and charm.
  • Selma — to redevelop the Riverfront Park & Amphitheater area, one of the city’s most significant parks with views of the Alabama River and the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge.

T-Mobile’s Hometown Grants program is designed to kickstart projects in communities of 50,000 or fewer people. The company works with the Main Street America and Smart Growth American organizations to select recipients.

Since T-Mobile launched its Hometown program in April 2021, the firm “has given more than $3.3 million to support projects that are strengthening economic opportunity in small towns in 35 states and it’s been amazing to see how local leaders and businesses are using these funds to transform their communities,” said Jon Freier, president, Consumer Group at T-Mobile. “Today, we’re honored to add another 25 small towns to the list of communities we support, and we look forward to announcing 25 more every quarter through 2026.”

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Details about submitting a grant request can be found here.

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