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. CACF serves several counties including Autauga, Coffee, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery and Pike. Click on the logos below for information about our affiliates in Autauga, Elmore, and the Wiregrass.

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CACF Awards $100,000 Focus Grants to Helping
Montgomery Families Initiative and Common Ground

MONTGOMERY – Central Alabama Community Foundation (CACF) surprised two local nonprofits on Wednesday, September 21 with $50,000 each for their work with mentoring youth and truancy prevention.

Staff members from District Attorney Daryl Bailey’s “Helping Montgomery Families Initiative (HMFI) program were hosting their weekly meeting with support agencies when CACF surprised them with the $50,000 award. Later that day, CACF stopped by Common Ground Montgomery (CGM) to surprise staff and students with a $50,000 check for their “Life on Life Mentor Program.”

HMFI partners with Montgomery Public Schools, the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission to work with youth by keeping students in school, out of the criminal justice system or becoming a victim of crime. HMFI intervenes in the lives of youth suspended from school for serious disciplinary infractions. The HMFI staff serve as a bridge to link the children and their families to 50 agencies and organizations that provide intervention and prevention services throughout the community. HMFI also received $50,000 from CACF in 2014 for same program.

“This grant will assist with our efforts to continue our programs and expand services to public school students in the county.  In addition, there are a number of youth that are being exposed to the juvenile justice system at a young age as a result of a misdemeanor offense. HMFI will implement a Juvenile Diversion Program in partnership with Juvenile Court that specifically targets first time non-violent offenders in an effort to reduce any further contact with the system,” said Sandra Edwards, Director of HMFI.

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Contributions Sought to Support New Mental Illness Grant

Approximately one in five or 18.5 percent of adults in the United States experiences mental illness in a given year according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The numbers are similar for youth aged thirteen to eighteen (21 percent). CACF is offering a new Mental Illness Grant to support nonprofit organizations in the Montgomery area whose mission is to support and help those affected by a mental illness condition. 

Applicants could also be groups that educate caregivers or the public about the condition and its effects. The award will be presented each spring during CACF’s Family Wellness Grant Cycle.

To contribute toward the fund, click here and type in "Mental Illness Grant" for designation.