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Grantseekers

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.

There are two main types of grants awarded by the Central Alabama Community Foundation: donor-advised and Community Trust. Donor-advised grants are normally recommended by donors for specific charitable organizations. Community Trust grants come from unrestricted and field-of-interest funds and are awarded through a competitive process. These funds support a wide variety of projects or programs that help address the needs of the community. In addition, for nonprofits providing services in Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery counties, CACF offers Technical Assistance grants. Awarded through a competitive process, these grants offer nonprofits the opportunity to strengthen their internal operations. The monies are drawn from unrestricted and field-of-interest funds and awarded through grants of up to $2500.

Areas of interest for the Foundation’s funding programs include education, social services, health, youth development, the arts, and community development.

All Community Trust and Technical Assistance grant processes will be accepted online.

Click below for the appropriate set of instructions and application links for each program:

  • AACF Grants Process - for nonprofits serving Autauga county;
    the 2014 cycle opens July 1, with a submission deadline of August 29.
  • ECCF Grants Process - for nonprofits serving Elmore county;
    the 2014 cycle opens July 1, with a submission deadline of August 29.
  • CACF Grants Process - for nonprofits serving Montgomery, Lowndes, or Macon counties;
    the 2014 cycle opens July 1, with a submission deadline of August 29 (scroll down below for CACF instructions).
  • SACF Grants Process - for nonprofits serving Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry, or Houston counties;
    the 2013 cycle opened November 1, 2013, with a submission deadline of January 17.

Grant Instructions and Changes for 2014

The Central Alabama Community Foundation and its affiliates (AACF, ECCF, and SACF) make grants that will improve the quality of life throughout Alabama. Grants are awarded annually by the Board of Directors to nonprofit agencies and programs that meet community needs and address community problems and opportunities.

CACF will offer two grant opportunities to nonprofits providing direct services in Montgomery, Lowndes, or Macon counties. Applications for Community Trust Grants and Technical Assistance Grants will be available on our website on July 1st.

  • Organizations may submit one Community Trust Grant application for up to $25,000 (Average award is $8,000).
  • Nonprofits may also apply for one Technical Assistance Grant of up to $2,500 for assistance with Strategic Planning, Organizational/Board Infrastructure, Fund Development, or Marketing/Public Relations.

Organizations will need to provide a copy of their IRS Letter of Determination for 501(c)3 status. Grants are not awarded to: Individuals, Fundraising Events, or Capital Campaigns.

2014 PROCESS TIMELINE
(for nonprofits serving Montgomery, Lowndes, or Macon counties)

Applications Available

July 1

Grant Workshops

July 16 - 27

Application Deadline

August 29

Site Visits

Sept. 12 - Oct.17

Grants Awarded

December 5

CLICK HERE TO APPLY or to Submit Evaluations

(No paper applications will be accepted.)

For a printable list of the grant application guidelines, questions and required supporting materials please click here for Community Trust Grants or here for Technical Assistance Grants.

Evaluations

Grant recipients will be required to complete an evaluation form at both six months and one calendar year after the receipt of funds. The Foundation will not con sider any future grant requests unless the evaluation forms have been completed.

Questions?

Contact Lynne Broach
Vice President, Community Services
Ph: (334) 264-6223
Fax: (334) 263-6225

Ticket info - call 800-555-1212

2014 Board of Directors

Kyle Johnson
Chairman

Burton Ward
President

David Allred
Rita O. Brown
Milton C. Davis
Laura Harmon
Evette Hester
Louise Jennings
Jennifer McDonald
Riley Roby
William (Bill) J. Scanlan
Shannon G. Speir
K. Roger Teel, Jr.
Daniel Thompson
Clay Torbert