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CACF Announces 2018 Grants for Arts and Community Building

MONTGOMERY – The Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) on Monday announced grants totaling $73,700 for ten River Region nonprofits that support fourteen projects in arts and community building.

Central Alabama Community Foundation Awards:
  • $7,800 to ClefWorks, Inc. to support bringing a talented brass ensemble chamber music group to Montgomery.  This group will provide outreach assemblies, concerts, seminars and instructional materials to local schools with non-existent or drastically cut music programs.
  • $10,000 to Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts to support the Learning Through Art Program at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School.  This program provides hands-on art projects, writing assignments, an art exhibition and a museum tour for 140 students in 3rd and 4th grades.
  • $10,000 to That’s My Child to renovate and provide a dance, physical activity and art studio for 42 children from the Chisholm community.  That’s My Child provides a safe environment while nurturing the talents of children from one of Montgomery County’s impoverished communities.
  • $15,000 to Common Ground Montgomery to support adding a kindergarten class to the existing after-school program.  Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., a licensed teacher will provide homework assistance and educational materials to 15 kindergarten age children from the Washington Park Community on the west side of Montgomery.
  • $5,200 to Communities of Transformation to support a two-phase, twelve-week to one year program that partners low-income families with community volunteers.  This program moves families toward self-sufficiency through a money management, career development, and healthy relationship curriculum.
  • $8,000 to New Beginnings Educational Center to provide 75 students from Paterson and Tulane Courts with tutors, mentors, counseling, weekly dinner with tutors, and the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities (field trips, recreational league athletics and dance teams).
  • $2,500 to Alabama Shakespeare Festival to provide 250 Autauga County students the opportunity to attend SchoolFest, an educational program exposing local students to live theatrical performances.  Students and teachers will also receive a study guide summarizing the works of Shakespeare which they can incorporate into their class curriculum.
  • $1,500 to Bridge Builders Alabama to assist one Autauga County student with the opportunity to attend a week-long leadership conference and participate in a two-year leadership, diversity and community service-based training program.  This program develops students into future leaders and lays aside all individual, cultural, social and economic differences.
  • $2,500 to Alabama Shakespeare Festival to provide 250 Elmore County students the opportunity to attend SchoolFest, an educational program exposing local students to live theatrical performances.  Students and teachers will also receive a study guide summarizing the works of Shakespeare which they can incorporate into their class curriculum.
  • $2,500 to Bridge Builders Alabama to assist two Elmore County students with the opportunity to attend a week-long leadership conference and participate in a two-year leadership, diversity and community service-based training program.  This program develops students into future leaders and lays aside all individual, cultural, social and economic differences.
  • $2,500 to Main Street Wetumpka to improve the appearance of “merchants alley” in downtown Wetumpka.  Funding will add seating, cover exposed wiring on businesses, paint and/or repair doors and cultivate green spaces. This field of interest grant is provided by the Clara Lull Robison Beautification Fund.
  • $1,200 to Main Street Wetumpka to provide signage throughout the historic business district in downtown Wetumpka.  This area will include sculptures, murals, and other art pieces detailing the unique history of the Tulotoma Snail Trail. This field of interest grant is provided by the Margaret and Auston Bridges Fund for Historical Preservation.
  • $2,500 to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to assist with replacing 10-year old infrared hearing devices for hearing and seeing impaired guests. This is a technical assistance grant.
  • $2,500 to E.A.T. South to purchase a Customer Relationship Management System which will allow funding capabilities, manage communications and relationships with donors, partnered organizations, and volunteers. This is a technical assistance grant.

“Supporting community projects in the River Region is a priority for the Central Alabama Community Foundation,” CACF President Burton Ward said. “The Arts and Community Building grants are awarded to nonprofits that are making a difference in the lives of our citizens.  We are honored to present these grants and be partners in the efforts to make the River Region a strong place to live, work and raise a family.”

CACF was founded in 1987 and has grown to hold more than $65 million in charitable assets while distributing more than $55 million to organizations that serve the community. CACF serves several counties including Autauga, Coffee, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery.

Through its more than 230 funds, CACF addresses a wide variety of concerns, supporting projects and programs in education, health, human services, cultural arts, recreation, historic preservation and other civic concerns. Each year, the foundation distributes more than $5 million through hundreds of grants and scholarships.

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