CACF Announces $100,232.00 in Education Grants

The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) awarded $100,232.00 in grants to 21 River Region nonprofits that support education initiatives in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties. The education grants awarded Thursday, August 5, are part of the Family Wellness and Education Grant Cycle that CACF manages. Applications for these grants were submitted earlier this year and education grants were approved by CACF’s Board of Directors in July. Funds from these grants will go directly toward assisting many within these communities.

Nonprofits receiving 2021 CACF Education Grants include:

$5,200.00 to Alabama Alliance for Arts Education – to provide classroom art kits for 100 teachers in Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery counties participating in AAAE’s onsite professional development training for its Unsung Heroes in History curriculum, which features Alabama artists and integrates visual arts lessons with core subjects

$6,000.00 to Brantwood Children’s Home – to provide the GradPoint curriculum for the Brantwood On-site Educational Program

$10,367.00 to Family Guidance Center – to provide for the costs for 25 fathers enrolled in the Parenting Matters Program in Lowndes and Montgomery counties to complete the Education to Work Project and receive their GED certification

$12,500.00 to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama – to provide 500 memberships for girls in Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery counties participating in school-based Girl Scouting

$12,000.00 to Hope Inspired Ministries – to place a career coach at HIM’s Lowndes County site to work with students to address barriers to employment and assist with job placements

$9,665.00 to Ostara Initiative – to deliver five months of weekly Alabama Prison Birth Project educational support group meetings at Tutwiler Prison utilizing a curriculum designed for incarcerated mothers that covers pregnancy and early parenting topics

$10,400.00 to The Ingram State Technical College Foundation – to provide 30 qualified students with industry certification testing and 19 graduating students with tools and equipment needed to begin work following their release from prison

$5,200.00 to Women In Training – to provide 13 laptops for the WIT Leadership Development Circle, which will empower girls 13-17 years old in Macon and Montgomery counties to care for themselves and the world around them through workshops, field trips, and mentoring

Autauga Area Community Foundation ($12,400.00)

$2,500.00 to Alabama PALS – to support the costs of establishing the PALS Clean Campus Program at schools in Autauga County

$2,500.00 to Alabama Wildlife Federation – to send 140 Autaugaville School students for a full-day field trip featuring the Nature on Wheels and Lanark Field programs

$1,200.00 to Autauga-Prattville Public Library – to purchase 75 books to update the Library’s collection of adult crafting books

$2,500.00 to Autauga County Family Support Center – to provide supplies for 200 clients to participate in the Center’s Parent Education, Fatherhood, or Community Awareness programs

$1,200.00 to Heritage Training and Career Center – to provide job training and placement services for 5 clients in Autauga County

$2,500.00 to Service Dogs Alabama – to support the costs for training and placement of two facility intervention school dogs in Autauga County classrooms

Elmore County Community Foundation ($16,500.00)

$2,000.00 to Alabama PALS – to support the costs of establishing the PALS Clean Campus Program at schools in Elmore County

$2,500.00 to Alabama Wildlife Federation – to provide the cost of 178 sixth-grade students participating in the Elmore County Water Festival

$2,500.00 to Heritage Training and Career Center – to provide job training and placement services for 15 clients in Elmore County

$2,500.00 to Liberty Learning Foundation, Inc. – to support costs of providing a 10-week civics education curriculum for 34 second-grade classes in Elmore County schools

$2,000.00 to The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial – to provide free children’s art classes during Wetumpka Community Market events

$2,500.00 to The Learning Tree – to purchase interactive learning materials to increase reading skills for special needs students residing and attending school at The Learning Tree

$2,500.00 to Montgomery Education Foundation – to purchase equipment for Starbase 2.0 in Elmore County, a 10-week afterschool program serving sixth and seventh graders that provides mentors from Maxwell Air Force Base and features varied STEM, robotics, and engineering lessons

Total Amount Awarded: $100,232.00

For over 30 years, the Central Alabama Community Foundation has been a valued community partner and resource for nonprofits and students in the River Region and Wiregrass. Through the generous support of individual and corporate donors, the foundation provides over $5 million in grants and scholarships each year that meet diverse community needs, supporting programs and projects in education, human services, health, cultural arts, and other civic concerns. Our mission is to create a better quality of life for those who live and work in the River Region for many years to come.