Central Alabama Community Foundation
The Central Alabama Community Foundation is a nonprofit philanthropic foundation created by and for the people of central Alabama. Individuals and corporate donors make gifts and bequests of any size for the betterment of our community. Through our grants program, the Foundation addresses a wide variety of needs and opportunities, supporting programs and projects in education, human services, health, cultural arts, and other civic concerns.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
- CACF and its Autauga and Elmore affiliates will begin awarding grants semiannually with the first cycle deadline being February 12, 2016. See the Grants section to learn more.
- Scholarship applications will now be available until March 1, 2016.
- "Curbing the Violence" Focus Grant Letters of Intent are now being accepted - February 15. Click here for more information.
Elmore Sheriff Deputy’s Family Establishes Scholarship
The James Bart Hart Memorial Scholarship has been established within the Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) by his wife, Charlotte and daughter, Christina to annually award a student who shares a passion for community leadership and service as did her husband. Officer James Bart Hart lost his life in a tragic car crash while on duty on November 23, 2014.
“Bart dedicated his life to serving others and through this scholarship his legacy will live on,” said Charlotte Hart. “When someone sees this scholarship opportunity, I would like for them to know he was a man of honor and courage, brave and respected. This award will benefit someone who desires to go into a career of serving others whether it be law enforcement, emergency response management, or a similar field of study.”
Children of first responders may also apply for the scholarship. Full award amount and criteria will be announced at a later date and the first recipient will be awarded this May.
Deputy Hart had been working for the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department for two and a half years after retiring from the Montgomery Fire Department for 24 years. He was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church.
In the current legislative session House Bill 22 Deputy Hart Bill will be presented in response to the death of Hart. "This is a strengthening of the penalties in the graduated driver license statute," said Rep. Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka, sponsor of the bill.
Interested individuals and families that would like to contribute to the James Bart Hart Memorial Scholarship can do so by clicking “Donate Now” in the upper right corner.
$245,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits at Presentation
Click here for a complete listing of recipients.
Officer David Lee Colley Memorial Scholarship
A local family has turned a tragedy that took the life of their loved one into a legacy by establishing an annual scholarship in memory of Montgomery Police Officer David Lee Colley. The 24 year-old was killed in an crash involving his patrol car and an 18-wheeler on April 4, 2015.
The Officer David Lee Colley Memorial Scholarship will award $1500 to a deserving student of Elmore County High School (ECHS). See the ECCF Scholarship page for full criteria.
“David always thought of others before himself, was ready to help someone in need anytime day or night, and thought about all the consequences of his actions before doing anything. We chose to honor his memory with this scholarship because we want to help another child go to college. His life touched so many people,” said Karen Colley, mother of David Colley.
Those interested in contributing to the Officer David Lee Colley Memorial Scholarship can select the “Donate Now” link at the top of the page. When prompted please designate your donation in memory of Officer Colley.