Alabama and Florida Panhandle McDonalds to award $18K in school grants

Special to Gannett / USA TODAY NETWORK

ST.LOUIS, Missouri — Starting Aug. 9, educators and individuals who represent programs and organizations that fuel the imagination, education and growth of students can apply for an Alabama and Florida Panhandle Golden Grant from McDonald's.

This is the first year the state of Alabama local owners and operators are funding the Golden Grants program. The program will award $18,000 in grants to various teachers and organizations to positively impact the lives of thousands of students.

This year, 36 Golden Grants of $500 each will be awarded based on creativity, innovation, need and hands-on application of projects.

Activities that qualify for a Golden Grant include arts and crafts programs, education initiatives, mentorship and empowerment programs, after-school programs, community service outreach, sporting programs, technology and COVID-19 relief efforts.

Activities and programs must be executed by Dec. 31, 2023 in one of the counties listed on

“The hard work of teachers and community leaders on behalf of our students is immensely appreciated. The Golden Grants program is a great opportunity to support educators that impact our next generation of leaders,” said Gerry Murphy, president of the Alabama and Florida Panhandle Operators Association. “Our youth are vital to the pulse of our communities and we recognize the importance of supporting education in our neighborhoods.”

Golden Grants are available in the following counties:

  • Mobile, Clarke, Monroe, Marion, Winston, Calhoun, Jefferson, Bibb, Shelby, Jackson.
  • Okaloosa, Bay, Walton, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Etowah, Talladega, Fayette, Cullman.
  • St. Clair, Blount, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Houston, Coffee, Dale, Butler, Barbour.
  • Covington, Geneva, Crenshaw, Elmore, Bullock, Dallas, Hale, Tallapoosa, Clay,
  • Escambia, Pike, Conch, Baldwin, Autauga, Chilton, Jackson, Gulf, and Washington.

How to apply

Eligible teachers and organizations are invited to submit an application at The deadline to enter is Aug. 31 and grant recipients will be announced in October.

For more information about Golden Grants and official rules, visit