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.

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While many factors are considered, priority is given to proposals that meet the following criteria:

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 Details

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

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


Contact Jackie G. Johnson
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225