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More Than $87,000 Awarded in CACF’s Family Wellness and Education Grant Cycle

The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) awarded $87,483.54 in grants to fifteen River Region nonprofits that support education initiatives in Montgomery, Elmore and Autauga counties. The education grants awarded Tuesday are part of the Family Wellness and Education Grant Cycle that CACF manages. Applications were submitted in February, and education grants were approved by CACF’s Board of Directors in July. CACF previously awarded $128,482.10 in family wellness grants,
bringing the total funding for the Family Wellness and Education Grant Cycle to $215,966.64.

Nonprofits receiving 2019 CACF Education Grants include:

$5,000 to Capitol Heights United Methodist Church, After School Program – to purchase 4 computers, a
printer and software to be used by students in the After School Program. The afterschool program shall
serve Capitol Heights middle school students, and focus on academic support, mentoring, arts, and
sports and recreation. These activities will engage the students outside of school hours and are critical
to their development and ultimately, they improve academic performance, classroom behavior, and
health and nutrition.

$15,000 to Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Girl Scouting During the School Day – to provide a school-
based Girl Scouting program to 600 girls at six schools throughout Lowndes and Macon counties. Girl
Scouting During the School Day is a monthly in-school program that encourages cooperation and

$9,800 to Ingram State Technical College – ISTC, Education to Employment – to provide 20
students with testing leading to industry certification required for employment in-field, and 23 students
with tools and safety gear needed to begin work in their chose career field following their release from

$8,722.54 to Montgomery Christian School– to purchase overhead projectors to enhance learning and a
Public Announcement (PA) system throughout the school to enhance the safety of children in the

$10,500 to Common Ground Montgomery – to provide funding for tutors, curriculum and online
subscriptions to reading and math programs for an after school program called the Leadership
Development Program. They currently have 94 children enrolled in the program.

$10,000 to Service Dogs Alabama – to train and place a professionally trained Service Dog with an
Educator Handler in a classroom. When Service dogs are placed in a classroom, they can decrease
anxiety, behavior problems, aggression, and hyperactivity among students.

$5,000 to Cloverdale Playhouse – to fund scholarship financial assistance for 28 students in the
Playhouse School during the 2020 Spring and Fall sessions and (2) Teacher Support for a portion of
contracted teacher salaries for the Playhouse School sessions of six total classes that will not be covered
through anticipated Playhouse School tuition received in 2020 . Students will study acting, storytelling,
puppetry, and other theater disciplines.

$5,500 to Next Step Up, After School Program – to provide homework help, ACT practice, and assistance
with college scholarship and job applications for students in the Macon County school system.

$4,161 to Valiant Cross Academy, Experiential Learning – to fund 2 Experiential Learning trips for
scholars to further enhance their social development by practicing resilience, tenacity, curiosity and self-

$1,500 to Elmore County HIPPY – to purchase curriculum and supplies for a new pilot Age 2
program. Elmore County HIPPY was one of the two HIPPY sites chosen out of all the Alabama sites to
pilot the Age 2 curriculum.

$2,400 to Camp Seale Harris – to provide funding for 3 Elmore County children
with diabetes to receive financial aid and attend Camp Seale Harris. Funds will also cover the costs of
nutrition, diabetes education, medical and activity supplies.

$2,500 to The Learning Tree –will be used specifically to add an adaptive living space to one of the
available classrooms. The space would include a small bed to teach the students to make their bed, as
well as a dresser and hanging rack to teach them how to fold and put away their clothes.

$2,500 to Main Street Wetumpka – to provide transportation for fourth graders from all six public
schools in the county for the Bicentennial Celebration. The field trip will include the Making Alabama
exhibit, the Elmore County exhibit and a cultural art exhibit, all housed in The Kelly Fitzpatrick Memorial
Gallery, located in the City of Wetumpka Administrative Building. The new Bicentennial Park, Elmore
County Museum, Elmore County Black History Museum and Tulotoma Snail Trail will be other potential
locations during the field trip.

$2,400 to Camp Seale Harris – to provide funding for 3 Autauga County children
with diabetes to receive financial aid and attend Camp Seale Harris. Funds will also cover the costs of
nutrition, diabetes education, medical and activity supplies.

$2,500 to Family Support Center, Stewards of Children – to purchase training manuals for the Darkness
to Light, Stewards of Children, child sexual abuse prevention training. The purpose of the Stewards of
Children training is to educate and train individuals throughout communities in steps and actions they
can take to prevent child sexual abuse.

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