AACF Grant Application Process
Grants can be the life blood of a community. They provide critical funds for food banks serving people who are currently down on their luck, for libraries and art programs that entertain and educate a city, and for social service programs offering various types of hope and help to individuals. Each year, the Central Alabama Community Foundation and its affiliates (Autauga Area Community Foundation, Elmore County Community Foundation, and Southeast Alabama Community Foundation) distribute millions of dollars in grants that touch almost every aspect of life. Funds administered by CACF support programs, organizations and institutions throughout Central Alabama and across the country.
While many factors are considered, priority is given to proposals that meet the following criteria:
- Programs that address issues affecting Autauga County;
- “Seed” grants to initiate promising new projects addressing underlying causes of community problems;
- Expanding programs representing innovative and efficient approaches to serving community needs and opportunities;
- Programs that maximize resources and leverage other monies;
- Projects reflecting the cooperative efforts of multiple agencies within the community;
- Programs that can demonstrate funding plans for the continuation of the project beyond initial funding by the AACF.
- CACF or its affiliates do NOT fund:
•Annual fundraising drives, events or marketing campaigns
•Religious purposes (although we do support educational and social service programs offered by faith-based organizations)
•Partisan political advocacy
•Regular operating support or capital projects
•Sponsorship of fundraising events
Agencies should review the details and determine when and what category for which to apply. The maximum grant award is $2500, with the average grant ranging from $500 to $1000. Applications will ONLY be accepted online.
Cycle 1: Family Wellness & Education
Opens January 2, 2017
Closes February 10, 2017
Family Wellness (Family, Medical, and Food) awards May 2017
Education awards August 2017
- Family, Medical, and Food
Examples of nonprofits that should apply in Cycle 1:
Does your organization provide training for job skills and placement, offer G.E.D. study courses and testing, and/or improve education in the River Region?
Does your agency provide counseling, abuse victim support, family/child support services?
Does your nonprofit focus on improving medical needs to the less fortunate or offer a food bank for the needy?
Cycle 2: Cultural & Community Enhancement
Opens July 3, 2017
Closes August 11, 2017
Social Services, Shelter awards December 2017
Community Building, Arts awards February 2018
- Community Building, Arts
- Social Services, Shelter
Examples of nonprofits that should apply in Cycle 2:
Does your organization work to mentor youth or provide youth development services?
Does your agency provide home repairs and shelter for those in need?
Is your group focused on arts education and theatre?
Is your nonprofit’s mission to provide social services such as support for teenage mothers (and their babies) or life skills for youth that “age out” of the foster system?
Grant recipients will be required to complete an online evaluation form at both six months and one calendar year after the receipt of funds. The Foundation will not consider any future grant requests unless the evaluation forms have been completed. Submit Evaluations
2016 / 2017 Community Trust Grants
- Prattville/Autauga Humane Society -- $2,500 to provide over 100 dogs and cats much needed vaccines before they are eligible and available for adoption.
- Autauga-Prattville Public Library -- $1,000 to assist with replacing dated computers and printers, as well as purchasing new technology items for the four libraries in the Autauga-Prattville library system.
- Family Sunshine Center -- $2,300 to provide emergency shelter, victim services, food and clothing for residents in Autauga County.
- The Noah Foundation/New Hope Academy -- $1,800 to purchase 3 interactive projectors/smartboards for elementary, middle, and high school students that suffer with various learning disabilities (autism, dyslexia, etc.) at New Hope Academy.
Contact Jackie G. Johnson
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225