Community Organizations Give Grants to Non-Profits

Non-profit workers felt like celebrities, and Tuesday night they were, receiving grant money for their organizations.

More than 55 groups from Central Alabama received the honor, a total of $408,000.

It's no small feat for the group handing out the cash.

"We think it's our community giving back to our community.  Our money all comes from private donors, and, so, it's people investing in the future of our community, and we're happy to help them do that," said Carol Butler, Executive Director for the Central Alabama Community Foundation.

After a strenuous application process, the grants go towards community development, helping to fund--among other organizations--local Boys and Girls Clubs and the Montgomery Public Library system.

"We're excited about their expansion plans and the idea of building a new downtown branch.  We think that would be wonderful, so we're trying to give them some money to try to help them get started," Butler said.

Participants couldn't be happier.  With the much needed funding, groups can get started on much needed work.

"We've got some wonderful old houses that need to be restored and wonderful old businesses in the downtown [Tuskegee] area," said Charles Thompson of the Tuskegee Main Street Development Foundation.

That need is exactly why administrators offered the grants in the first place.

"It makes our community a much better place, and these different organizations--the services these different groups provide--is just critical to our community," Butler explained.

NOTE:  Grants were given as part of CACF's 20th Anniversary celebration

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

20th Anniversary Gift Recipients Include:
Bridge Builders
Montgomery City-County Public Library
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Community Trust Grant Recipients include:

Alabama Kiwanis/ Jean Dean RIF
Autism Society of Alabama
B & D Cancer Care Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Montgomery
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Alabama
Camp Smile-A-Mile
Child Protect
Children's Center of Montgomery
COPE Pregnancy Center
Empowering Communities Helping Ourselves
Family Guidance Center of Alabama
Family Service Center of Lowndes County
Girl Scouts of South Central Alabama
Medical Outreach Ministries
Montgomery Council on Aging
Montgomery Area Food Bank
Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office-Helping Families Initiative
Montgomery Habitat for Humanity
Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation
New Beginnings Resource Center
Operation Back-Up for At-Risk Children/Family Development
Reach Out & Read Alabama
Renascence, Inc.
Sight Savers of Alabama
Society of St. Andrew-Alabama
Success by 6/Family Guidance Center of Alabama
Tuskegee Main Street Development Foundation
Partnership Endowment Grant Recipient:
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
Technical Assistance Grant Recipients include:
AIDS Alabama
Alabama Animal Alliance, Inc.
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Autagua-Montgomery-Elmore Seniors, Inc.
Central Alabama Laubach Literacy Council
Chemical Addiction Program, Inc.
Compassion 21
COPE Pregnancy Center
Easter Seals Alabama
Easter Seals Central Alabama
Family Guidance Center of Alabama/Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Alabama
Family Sunshine Center
Group Homes for Children, Inc.
IMPACT:  An Alabama Student Service Initiative
Landmarks Foundation/Old Alabama Town
Lighthouse Counseling Center, Inc.
Montgomery Cancer Wellness Foundation
Montgomery S.T.E.P. Foundation
Nellie Burge Community Center
Reach Out & Read Alabama
Resurrection Catholic Missions
Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation, Inc.
Tuskegee Main Street Development Foundation