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Spring 2016


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The 2017 Cawaco Grant Cycle will open June 1, 2016!
Before applying for a grant, please read our guidelines. Cawaco manages two grant programs: Challenge and Education.
Educational funds are reserved for educational programs. These funds can be used for educational materials, workshops, scholarships, or any other educational purpose.
Challenge grant funds are reserved for material, labor, and project expenses. Challenge grant funds can be spent on educational items, but educational monies cannot be spent on non-education items. Apply online

Project Updates

The Blount 9-1-1 EMT Academy concluded April 28, after completing 14 weeks of student training on basic emergency medical care. Seven Blount County fire departments participated and eleven students graduated. 
The successful completion of this class will permit graduates access to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians test, which will allow for state EMT licence. Cawaco provided funding for the textbooks used in this course.

2016 grant projects that have been completed include:

  • Rocky Ridge Fire District: A Cawaco grant funded the purchase of a specialized patient transport bed for the Polaris 4x4 Ranger 900. With the purchase of the Polaris and the transport bed, rescuers will now be able to access patients injured in steep, forested areas, and transport them in a less laborious and more time-efficient manner
  • Allgood VFD: Purchased updated communications equipment, purchased a CPR manikin, and trained 48 citizens how to do CPR. Partners: Town of Allgood, Blount County Economic Development Council and Alabama Guardrail
  • Revive East Lake: Planted trees and perennials to help beautify 1st Avenue in East Lake
  • Blount County Agribusiness Center: Thanks to our Blount County Board Member Judge Green, Senators Shellnut and Scofield and Representative Standridge for keeping in touch with the community and allowing Cawaco to be of assistance to the Blount County Agribusiness Center. Cawaco gave the center a grant to install a security system, consisting of 17 fixed cameras, 3 30x PTZ cameras, a video recording system, 2 televisions for monitoring purposes, and associated network interfaces.
  • Other Fire Department grants that are complete include: Palmerdale Fire & Rescue, Hay Valley Fire Department, and Murphee Valley Fire & Rescue.  These small grants to VFD's are essential to keeping volunteer departments equipped, firefighters safe, and ISO ratings- and homeowner insurance rates-lower.
  • More info can be found here in the 2016 Cawaco Plan of Work. 


In addition to the grant program, Cawaco staff spearheads the following initiatives:
  • Greenhouses for schools program: Thompson HS and Southeastern HS have been awarded greenhouses
  • Soil for community gardens: Through a partnership with Scotts Miracle Grow, Cawaco has organic top soil to donate to community and school gardens
  • Seeds for Gardens: Each year, we distribute hundreds of pounds of vegetable seeds FREE OF CHARGE to community gardens throughout the state.
  • Tool Trailer: The Cawaco tool trailer is equipped with trail-building tools, and maintained for use by qualified volunteer organizations
  • Beginning Farmer Outreach Meetings: Are you a farmer in any of our 5 counties? Register for these outreach meetings and learn how to make your land more productive. Watch our website or Facebook page for more dates. 
  • Kayaks for Kids: Cawaco has kayaks available in Chilton and Walker counties for organizations to use to get children on the water, learning about the natural world and water safety.
  • Urban Forestry Plan: Cawaco has partnered with the Nature Conservancy and received a grant from the Alabama Forestry Commission to develop an urban forestry plan within the Village Creek Watershed.
Charles Yeager, manager of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve utilizing the free topsoil
Kayakers enjoying the water at Walker County Lake

Want to help us do what we do? Become a board member or advisor! Apply here.


Funding Resources

Lowe's Toolbox for Education
Deadline: September
For the 2015-2016 school year, the Lowe's will give priority to meeting basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup projects.

Any individual public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public K-12 school is eligible to apply. The requested grant amount must be between $2,000 and $5,000. The deadline is The Fall 2016 grant cycle will open on August 1, 2016 and close on September 26, 2016. Apply here.

World We Want Foundation Grants
Deadline: Rolling
The World We Want Foundation promotes and supports Young Global Citizens making positive social change in their communities and around the world. They work with and through Partner Organizations and Mentors youth applicants provide; help young people design and conduct meaningful Social Action Projects and acquire substantive knowledge and 21st-century skills while creating social value; provide micro-grants to support their Projects; provide an online funding platform to encourage and allow others to help fund their Projects; and provide an online Showcase to share their Stories of Social Impact with the world. Apply here.
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