ECCF 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 Elmore 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 ECCF.
- 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?
Field of Interest Grants for Cycle 2
Clara Lull Robison Beautification Fund The Clara Lull Robison Beautification Fund has been established to support the beautification of the city of Wetumpka. It is the wish of the donor that the proceeds from this fund be used to support projects of a permanent nature that improve the appearance of the city.
This fund shall be used for projects of a permanent nature that will enhance and beautify the city of Wetumpka. All receiving organizations will be expected to provide matching funds, which may include in-kind services, as determined by the advisory committee.
Margaret & Auston Bridges Fund for Historical Preservation The Margaret & Auston Bridges Fund for Historical Preservation offers grants of up to $1,200 to aid and assist in historic preservation activities in Elmore County.
Margaret & Auston Bridges Fund for Arts in Education The Elmore County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of grant monies for the arts programs or art program participants at Wetumpka and Holtville High Schools through the Margaret and Auston Bridges Fund for Arts in Education. The funds may be used to: 1) underwrite costs associated with expanding students' knowledge or refining their performance skills (e.g. registration fees, travel expenses to competitions, scholarship auditions, etc.); or 2) purchase tools or equipment to enhance students' arts education experiences (e.g. band equipment, art supplies, theatre sets, etc.) Funds may not be used for improvements to the physical structure of the arts facilities, for administrative purposes, or for professional development of the faculty. Priority will be given to individual student needs.
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
COMMUNITY TRUST GRANTS
Elmore County BOE HIPPY -- $2,500 to provide a literacy and learning skills program to at risk, low income, preschool children and their parents throughout Elmore County.
Hospice of Montgomery -- $2,500 to provide non-curative medical and support services within the home setting to the needs of patients and family members during the final stages of an incurable illness.
Montgomery Area Family Violence Program, Inc. d.b.a. Family Sunshine Center -- $2,500 to provide emergency shelter, victim services, food and clothing for residents of Elmore County.
Bridge Builders Alabama -- $2,500 to allow juniors and seniors from Elmore County high schools to attend a two-year leadership, diversity, and service-based training program. The program teaches students to lay aside individual, social, cultural, and economic differences and work together to become future leaders in our communities.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival -- $1,000 to subsidize tickets for 100 Elmore County students to attend SchoolFest – a comprehensive student-matinee program which exposes students to live theatrical performances, online study guides, behind–the-scenes videos and assists in meeting the Alabama Department of Education’s Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.
Elmore County Extension Office -- $2,500 to support “Project Enough” - a county wide initiative where trained facilitators will educate the community on the steps they can take to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse.
FIELD OF INTEREST GRANT
Margaret & Auston Bridges Fund for Arts in Education
$700 -- Holtville High School Band to provide funding to help purchase a sousaphone for the Holtville High School Band Program.
Contact Jackie G. Johnson
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225