Cawaco RC&D

Cawaco RC&D Supporting Alabama Communities in Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties.
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Under the terms of its charter, Cawaco RC&D can distribute grants to qualified public entities or 501(c)(3) charities serving the people of Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties of Alabama. The Council does not lend or grant money to individuals or for-profit institutions. All applying organizations must supply proof of tax-exempt status showing specific Internal Revenue Service qualification.

In October we were in Lovely Blount County  To announce $65,264 in grant funding to Blount County area organizations. Th...
12/04/2023

In October we were in Lovely Blount County To announce $65,264 in grant funding to Blount County area organizations. These grants are funding by Cawaco RC&D in partnership with the Blount County Legislative Delegation.

We were joined by Senator Clay Scofield, Senator Shay Shelnutt Rep. David Standridge Representative Randall Shedd, Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council, local elected officials, media, and guests.

Blount County Education Foundation Summer Learning SUCCESS! $24,760.00

Blountsville Fire & Rescue Service Better Response Initiative $9,302.25

Blountsville Police Department (Town of Blountsville) Officer and School Zone Safety $8,000.00

Hayden Middle School Community Recreation Project $9,000.00

Remlap Fire & EMS District Remodel 2023 $10,000.00

Friends of the Locust Fork River Summer Interns $4184.00

After the grant announcements, we met for lunch at Charlie B's. :-)

OF INTEREST TO FIRE FIGHTERS!AFC Forestry and Fire Suppression Equipment to be Auctioned     Hundreds of surplus items f...
12/01/2023

OF INTEREST TO FIRE FIGHTERS!

AFC Forestry and Fire Suppression Equipment
to be Auctioned

Hundreds of surplus items from the Alabama Forestry Commission are included in a three-day auction next week.
The auction, conducted by J.M. Wood Auction Company Inc., will start Tuesday, December 5 at 8 a.m. with bids taken online or in-person live at the J.M. Wood Auction Facility in Montgomery. The first day of the event will include truck and transportation items from forestry commission offices across the state. Wednesday’s auction will begin at 8 a.m. and will feature numerous used Caterpillar, John Deere, and Dressta dozers that have previously been used in wildfire suppression practices. The auction will finish up on Thursday, December 7, with surplus fleet pickups and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) all selling to the highest bidder.
“J.M. Wood is excited to offer up this well-kept machinery for auction on behalf of the Alabama Forestry Commission,” said Bryant Wood. “This agency does a tremendous job maintaining one of our state’s most precious assets, which is our forests. We are very honored to conduct this auction on their behalf.”
Among the vehicles and equipment up for auction are a Caterpillar D3C crawler dozer, numerous John Deere 450 and 550 crawler dozers, Ford F150 and F250 pick-up trucks, as well as numerous fire plows and other wildfire suppression implements. Equipment and trucks up for auction can be viewed at https://www.jmwood.com/50th-Annual-Winter-Auction-Montgomery-AL_a61482 .

Dora High School  got three shipments of new bikes to help with physical education! The goal is to make physical educati...
11/30/2023

Dora High School got three shipments of new bikes to help with physical education! The goal is to make physical education fun for the students and to provide them with safe opportunities to ride. Alabama Cooperative Extension System has held bike rodeos and taught over 30 students how to ride, and has provided safety lessens and helmets. Walker County students are extremely fortunate to have this project and we at Cawaco wish we could have had bikes when we were in High School. We had to run circles around the gym!!

We were in Shelby County last week with Corley Ellis  and Senator April Weaver and Senator Lance Bell  to announce appro...
11/28/2023

We were in Shelby County last week with Corley Ellis and Senator April Weaver and Senator Lance Bell to announce approximately $40,000 in grant funding to Shelby County area organizations. These grants are funded by Cawaco RC&D in partnership with the Shelby County Legislative Delegation.

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum- Miniature Train Discovery Center- $5,000.00

Shoal Creek Park Foundation-Shoal Creek Park Next Steps- $7,826.03

Alabama Cooperative Extension System – Shelby County Office- 4H Clover Classroom –$4,861.91

Shelby County FFA- Shelby County Instructional Garden- $8,000.00

Shelby County Historical Society- Historic Ruins Walking Trail- $4,510.53

Shelby County High School- Silent Singers- $10,000.00

Cawaco wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
11/23/2023

Cawaco wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We visited Yerkwood last week to check out the progress on their walking track! It is a work in progress right now, but ...
11/20/2023

We visited Yerkwood last week to check out the progress on their walking track! It is a work in progress right now, but Yerkwood Community Improvement officers Sylvester Bennett and Kelli Bell along with the President of Yerkwood CIA, Nathaniel Hawkins are ready to get the community outside for festivals, exercise classes and other activities!

We were at Dora High School yesterday with WBRC FOX6 News and Ginger Tittle Eatman to see their new bikes get delivered!...
11/16/2023

We were at Dora High School yesterday with WBRC FOX6 News and Ginger Tittle Eatman to see their new bikes get delivered! This was the third and last shipment, consisting of 32 bikes.

School leaders say this is about encouraging a healthier lifestyle, more physical activity and even creating beloved memories and life long passions.

LOCAL OFFICIALS AND RC&D ANNOUNCE GRANTS IN CLANTON, MAPLESVILLEClanton, Ala. –Cawaco Resource Conservation & Developmen...
11/13/2023

LOCAL OFFICIALS AND RC&D ANNOUNCE GRANTS IN CLANTON, MAPLESVILLE
Clanton, Ala. –Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) gathered with Senator Clyde Chambliss , Senator April Weaver , State Representative Van Smith and local area grantees to announce a $36,500 in funding toward area projects.
Local organizations awarded in the Cawaco RC&D 2023 grant cycle included the Butterfly Healing Garden, Maplesville High School, The Wellness Group Foundation, Town of Maplesville, Maplesville High School FFA and Chilton County Master Gardeners.
The funds are appropriated by the Alabama State Legislature and the Chilton County legislative delegation to help empower local organizations and strengthen the Clanton and Maplesville communities.
Senator Clyde Chambliss stated he is amazed at the diversified use of funds and appreciates seeing taxpayer dollars being put to good use.
“I want to thank all the organizations that applied for funds and for all the work you do in making our communities better,” said Senator Chambliss.
Senator April Weaver thanked Cawaco RC&D for partnering with the legislature and all the organizations putting the grant funds to great use.
“I want to thank each of you for taking care of so many in our community,” said Weaver, “These are all worthwhile projects that all of you are doing, and we are excited to be a part of it.”
Representative Van Smith said the organizations represented at the event were setting a great example for future generations on how to locally lead.
“These projects are very worthwhile. I know you all have a heart to serve, and we are glad to appropriate these funds to enhance your ability to serve the community you love,” said Smith.

Growing friendships!
11/09/2023

Growing friendships!

11/09/2023
Sound System for the Shelby County High School Auditorium! Quality Arts Education strives to provide artistic literacy s...
11/09/2023

Sound System for the Shelby County High School Auditorium!
Quality Arts Education strives to provide artistic literacy skills to all students. Before the new system was installed, the lack of sound technology and design deprived students the ability to learn through authentic staged performances. All students, regardless of economic circumstances, can now enjoy high quality performance skills and arts education. Prior to installation of the new system, SCHS Fine Arts groups are unable to perform in the auditorium and were moved off campus to perform, or spent thousands of dollars on a rental system. Cawaco is proud to support this project!

11/07/2023

Cawaco Resource Conservation & Development announced on Oct. 23 that three organizations in Thorsby were awarded $31,500 in grants.

11/06/2023
Shelby Ironworks Park Trails!!written by Jennifer MaireThanks to a grant from Cawaco RC&D, there will be an educational ...
11/03/2023

Shelby Ironworks Park Trails!!
written by Jennifer Maire
Thanks to a grant from Cawaco RC&D, there will be an educational walking trail on a portion of the property where the furnaces and old chemical plant now stand at the Ironworks in Columbiana.
Since the 1990s, countless devoted volunteers and members of the Historic Shelby Association (HSA) have worked to unearth the history of the Shelby Iron Company.
It is evident to anyone who visits the property that great care has been taken to preserve its history and make it available to the public.
In the past, Cawaco RC&D has provided grant assistance for clearing debris on the property and removing the thick brush that covered the furnaces and overgrowth that threatened to damage the skeletal remains of the chemical plant. These landmarks attract thousands of visitors annually.
In 2018, the HSA merged with the Shelby County Historical Society.
Since then, a great deal of focus has been on fundraising events, such
There are so many people to thank for making the park what it is today.
In 1989, when a devoted group of people began clearing the land, the rich history of the Shelby Iron Company began to reveal itself. Now the site of the Shelby Iron Works Park, it is a testament to the love of a community for its past.
These grants would not be possible without the support of State Representative Corley Ellis, State Senator Jim McClendon, and the board of Cawaco RC&D. Thank you for believing in our park and supporting our mission.

Interpretive signs allow visitors to enjoy a self-guided tour at their own pace without the requirement of tour guides.
They are visible 24/7 and can be enjoyed at the visitor's convenience.
QR codes can be embedded to guide visitors to a website with information that will further enhance their experience.

11/03/2023
Grant Opportunity! The HOLLE FAMILY FOUNDATION will accept grants beginning November 1. The Foundation funds projects in...
11/01/2023

Grant Opportunity!

The HOLLE FAMILY FOUNDATION will accept grants beginning November 1.

The Foundation funds projects in Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties.

Grant priorities include:
• Societal Needs
• Opportunities for Achievement
• Fostering Future Leaders
• History and Culture
• Access to the Outdoors
• Veteran Support

Applicants must be a registered 501(c)3 organization in order to apply.

the Jefferson County Landowner Tour was hosted by the Jefferson County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conse...
10/31/2023

the Jefferson County Landowner Tour was hosted by the Jefferson County Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservations Service in Jefferson County Alabama and the tour took place in Hueytown Alabama. Topics discussed included high tunnels and low tunnels, pest management, irrigation and plasticulture, NRCS services, Urban Ag initiatives, and RC&D programs.

The Chilton County fall Landowner Tour was hosted by the Chilton County Natural Resource Council on Friday, October 13 a...
10/30/2023

The Chilton County fall Landowner Tour was hosted by the Chilton County Natural Resource Council on Friday, October 13 and included a riding tour of the 600 acre Clapp farm in Maplesville. Topics included history of the Clapp farm, managing Longleaf Pine, Chronic Wasting Disease, and Managing Wildlife Plots. It was a great day to get out and network with friends in Chilton County! Members and Organizations included the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Forestry Commission, Chilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, Chilton County Master Gardeners Association, Geological Survey of Alabama , The Natural Resources Conservation Services in Alabama, Chilton County Landowners, and local forestry and wildlife consultants and vendors.

Thanks to funding support provided by Cawaco RC&D and Representative Danny Garrett ,  2 interns were hired for the summe...
10/26/2023

Thanks to funding support provided by Cawaco RC&D and Representative Danny Garrett , 2 interns were hired for the summer of 2023 at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain . This program allowed students to participate in on-the-job training and environmental education opportunities.
Some of their responsibilities include:
- Assist with outdoor educational programs, public events, and visitor interaction.
- Responsible for general preserve stewardship, including trail and facility maintenance, invasive species eradication, native plant propagation, biological surveys, water quality monitoring, and groundskeeping.

The Walker County Sheriff's Office was able to purchase a drone with a grant received through Cawaco. The drone is utili...
10/24/2023

The Walker County Sheriff's Office was able to purchase a drone with a grant received through Cawaco. The drone is utilized in various operations such as search and rescue retrievals, narcotics investigations, general search warrants, fugitive apprehensions, missing persons, S.W.A.T. intelligence for high-risk search warrants. The drone is essential in a number of operations; recently in the apprehension of an alleged killer and allowed arrest of the armed assailant without harm to officers. The drone has been requested numerous times by the Department of Corrections for their K9 trackers, and they have written commendations about the usage of the drone and capabilities of the pilot, investigator Mosely. The drone located 12 missing persons between October 1, 2022 and February of 2023. Those include missing juveniles, kidnappings, and dementia patients.

DID YOU KNOW? In FY 2023, *Cawaco funded 25 educational projects, totaling $289, 058.17 *Cawaco funded 32 General projec...
10/20/2023

DID YOU KNOW?

In FY 2023,
*Cawaco funded 25 educational projects, totaling $289, 058.17
*Cawaco funded 32 General projects totaling $235,055.83.

9,931 volunteer hours were logged.

• 15 Improved Public facilities Improved
• 1 Business Improvement Project
• 17 Community Projects
• 4 Conservation/Preservation Projects
• 7 First Responder Projects
• 17 Educational Projects
• 4 Job Training/Creation Projects
• 7 Recreation/Tourism/Parks & Rec. Projects

Total Grants Given: $524,114.00
Added Value of those grants: $1,185,801.04

On September 28, we went to Walker County, Alabama to celebrate the completion of $117,000 in grant projects! Joining us...
10/18/2023

On September 28, we went to Walker County, Alabama to celebrate the completion of $117,000 in grant projects! Joining us were the City of Cordova - Government, the Walker County Sheriff's Office, Main Street, Carbon Hill Women’s Club, Yerkwood Community Improvement Association, Walker County Fire Fighters Association, Parrish Fire and Rescue, Board member Keith Pike, Senator Greg Reed and Matt Woods for State House District 13.
We want to thank each of you for your service to Walker County. We especially appreciate Senator Reed, and Representatives Wadsworth and Woods who assure RC&D programs are supported.

Tombigbee RC&D Grows Gardens! Thanks to grants from Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and NRCS, RC&D's statewide had ...
10/16/2023

Tombigbee RC&D Grows Gardens! Thanks to grants from Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and NRCS, RC&D's statewide had funds to re-grant to school and community gardens! With hard work, dedication and volunteers, a little funding can make a huge difference! Check out these projects from Stillman College and Jeremiah's Community Garden- Tuscaloosa!

Cawaco Internship Program Highlights!!Friends of the Locust Fork River trained four talented Blount County young adults ...
10/12/2023

Cawaco Internship Program Highlights!!
Friends of the Locust Fork River trained four talented Blount County young adults to become intern leaders with FLFR. They were Nazary Chavez, Makayla Pesnell, Kason Cole and Mia Martinez. The four enthusiastically helped lead FLFR’s exciting outdoor recreational activities for local children and their families. With an expanded leadership team, FLFR capably handled a full calendar of Science, Education & Fun events during June that involved 694 local kids and 332 adult participants. FLFR is dedicated to the protection of this beautiful, free-flowing river and to the community’s safe enjoyment of all the river has to offer.

2023 Cawaco Garden Program- The Garden Program that is managed by Cawaco RC&D impacted communities throughout the Cawaco...
10/10/2023

2023 Cawaco Garden Program- The Garden Program that is managed by Cawaco RC&D impacted communities throughout the Cawaco service area by supporting community and school gardening activities. These funds were used by Cordova Elementary, Parrish Elementary, Glen Oaks Intermediate School, Faith Church Midfield, Pillar of Hope Christian Church, Fountain Heights Farms and Chilton County Master Gardeners for a variety of community and educational purposes.

We are at the Sweet Trails Alabama meeting with Senator Andrew Jones and John Kvatch! The state of Alabama has funded Sw...
10/06/2023

We are at the Sweet Trails Alabama meeting with Senator Andrew Jones and John Kvatch!
The state of Alabama has funded Sweet trails Alabama to develop a statewide trails plan while building partnerships and laying the groundwork for trail development across the state. The plan will identify and support the expansion of a statewide trail system to boost recreation, tourism and economic development.

Cawaco Internship Program- Each year, Cawaco secures funds to support student internships in the Natural Resources Field...
10/06/2023

Cawaco Internship Program-
Each year, Cawaco secures funds to support student internships in the Natural Resources Field. Freshwater Land Trust received a grant to help support their summer intern Spence Overton.
The project partially funded the Spring Stewardship Internship at Freshwater Land Trust (FLT). Spence worked with Sam McCoy, FLT's Land Stewardship Director, to monitor and manage the habitat on FLT's conservation properties. This intern assisted in monitoring13 properties totaling 1280 acres. He visited the properties, identified the plants/animals observed, and completed the reports on property health, threats, etc. Additionally, the intern assisted with initial site visits for three conservation easements FLT is in the process of acquiring, and a workday at the Moon River Cahaba River Canoe Launch in Irondale. During this workday 16 water bars were installed to reduce erosion along the trail, 400 lbs. of litter were removed, and invasive Chinese privet was removed from a 3200 square foot area.

Butterfly Bridge, Children's Advocacy Center were awarded a grant for materials for their healing garden. The Butterfly ...
10/04/2023

Butterfly Bridge, Children's Advocacy Center were awarded a grant for materials for their healing garden. The Butterfly Healing Garden is a space where children who have experienced the trauma of sexual or physical abuse to be able to benefit from the therapeutic elements of nature. Many natural outdoor elements provide sensory stimulation, which research shows has a positive impact on healing from trauma. Many volunteers and donations made this project possible. Many of these projects would not be possible without community support and volunteer labor!

10/02/2023

The Blountsville Police Dept. purchased two Radar Speed Signs to be used for added safety during school zone hours on Main Street in the area of J.B. Pennington High School.

09/30/2023

Sweet Trails Alabama is coming to a town near you the week of Oct. 2nd-6th.

Follow the link below to see where we will be stopping and register to attend!

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/71644725893

The Town of Maplesville was able to expand the storage area for the Police Department and Town Hall. Funding covered the...
09/28/2023

The Town of Maplesville was able to expand the storage area for the Police Department and Town Hall. Funding covered the cost of additional storage that enclosed an existing building, including the concrete floor, storage shelves to walls, and securing the building.

Gulf Coast RC&D Grows Gardens! Thanks to support from the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and USDA/NRCS, Gulf Coast...
09/18/2023

Gulf Coast RC&D Grows Gardens! Thanks to support from the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and USDA/NRCS, Gulf Coast RC&D was able to fund 5 gardens in 4 different counties! Brewton Area YMCA Foley Elementary School Escambia County Extension Service
We appreciate all the hard work of the teachers, volunteers and students who make these projects possible.

Ala-Tom RC & D Council participates in the RC&D Grows Gardens Program! Thanks to a grant received through the Alabama As...
09/13/2023

Ala-Tom RC & D Council participates in the RC&D Grows Gardens Program! Thanks to a grant received through the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and NRCS, gardens statewide benefit! In Clarke County, GHASA (Grove Hill After School Adventure) Garden purchased building materials- lumber and tools to make potting tables and seedling trays. They also purchased soil, tomato baskets and irrigation supplies. Interested in a garden mini-grant? Contact your local RC&D to learn more!

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Maplesville High School FFA teacher Joe Dennis is an inspirational educator! Joe has worked with students to build a gar...
09/11/2023

Maplesville High School FFA teacher Joe Dennis is an inspirational educator!
Joe has worked with students to build a garden shed as part of an ongoing project for the school and community. Each year, the Ag class produces approximately 12-15 different varieties of fruits and vegetables for the community. This project is a wonderful teaching tool for students of all ages! The Mayor is very supportive of the program, and checks in on a regular basis. The students have also built several raised beds to give away to the community as a result of this very impactful program.

This project would not have been possible without the School Administration, Mr. John Howard and Mrs. Gina Abbott along with Maintenance Supervisor Mr. Freddie Smith, Building Construction Supervisor Mr. Mike Jones, and of course the hard work of Joe Dennis and his students!

09/07/2023

Did you know? We received funding for gardens through Alabama Association of RC&D Councils and USDA/NRCS that funds a statewide garden initiative "RC&D Grows Gardens". Here, we highlight the gardens that were funded in the Coosa Valley RC&D area! Are you interested in community or school garden funding? Contact your local RC&D Council!

Walker County Center Of Technology automotive class built and electric vehicle from a Toyota Tacoma that was donated by ...
09/05/2023

Walker County Center Of Technology automotive class built and electric vehicle from a Toyota Tacoma that was donated by Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper. Through this grant, instructors were able to provide experience for students in the growing field of electric powered transportation. The students in the welding, automotive technology and collision programs came together to build this awesom project with many of the components that are used in today's electric vehicles. The used recycled batteries from Tela and motor controls from a Prius. The Walker County Center of technology are now, and will always be on the forefront of education for the students of Walker County.
This is an onging project and we will provide updates as more progress is made!

WORK_BASED LEARNING! Cawaco is always looking to support educational programs that support and build a strong workforce ...
08/31/2023

WORK_BASED LEARNING! Cawaco is always looking to support educational programs that support and build a strong workforce and job training. Hope Inspired Ministries helps alleviate poverty by providing workforce training and job placement through a relational approach so that individuals find purpose and self sufficiency. Funding from CAWACO was instrumental in helping HIM test new outreach methods to reach more unemployed individuals who want to work.

East Walker Kiwanis Club erected 16 little free libraries in the Sumiton, Dora, Yerkwood, Argo, Sipsey, Empire and Dilwo...
08/18/2023

East Walker Kiwanis Club erected 16 little free libraries in the Sumiton, Dora, Yerkwood, Argo, Sipsey, Empire and Dilworth communities. These are rural areas with food insecurity and little or no access to libraries. The first box, placed in the Yerkwood community, allowed that community to have its first-ever summer reading program. It allowed us to partner with other organizations such as The Walker County Literacy Council, Yerkwood Community Improvement Association, Backyard Blessings, area fire departments and students from Dora High School to erect and maintain the boxes going forward. This is a showcase of how East Walker communities pull together whenever there is a project that benefits the citizens!

The Lotus Family Development Center  has launched the first two phases of the BLOOM initiative: a place-based gardening ...
08/16/2023

The Lotus Family Development Center has launched the first two phases of the BLOOM initiative: a place-based gardening and healthy living education outreach program based out of community gathering places, like public libraries, and the establishment of the first Bloom Urban Farms location in the Evergreen neighborhood in north Birmingham. We are excited to support these efforts to remove barriers to community members' access to fresh, healthy food and community empowerment.

Update on veteran farmer Aaron Edwards, who got a seed delivery back in the spring. His garden was planted and is being ...
08/11/2023

Update on veteran farmer Aaron Edwards, who got a seed delivery back in the spring. His garden was planted and is being attended by these local veterans! (That tomato looks ripe!).
We appreciate Aaron for making a therapeutic space for our war veterans to grow food!
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE to the country and to your communities.

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