CCCDC awards $184K in grants, including $50K each for Good Hope and Holly Pond High Schools

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Good Hope High School received a $50,000 grant from the Cullman County Community Development Commission Thursday night for a new HVAC system for the school’s gymnasium. (Drew Adams)

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) met Thursday night for the second time this year, awarding $184,000 in grants, including one $50,000 grant each for Good Hope and Holly Pond High Schools.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Town of Colony- $12,000 for a generator and air conditioning unit for the Colony Educational Complex
  • Life that Counts- $12,000 for a mentoring program for kids in grades four through 12
  • Good Hope High School- $50,000 for an HVAC system for the school’s gymnasium*
  • Carpenter’s Cabinet, a food bank in Holly Pond – $12,000 to create a kitchen
  • Holly Pond High School- $50,000 to resurface and paint the school’s track*
  • Brushy Pond Community Center- $11,000 to upgrade the building facilities
  • Hanceville Fire & Rescue- $12,000 for automatic chest compression machine
  • Childhood Development Center- $11,000 for Chromebooks
  • The Link of Cullman County- $12,000 for its Wise Up money skills program
  • Hanceville Library- $2,000 for equipment for the children’s education room

CCCDC board members are appointed by Alabama state legislators.

Board members are:

  • Jamie Speakman- appointed by Sen. Paul Bussman, R-Cullman
  • Bradley Williams- appointed by Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope
  • Acting Chairman Joe Golden- appointed by Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview
  • Josh Speakman- Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle

*Funding for CCCDC grants comes from taxes-  Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in lieu of taxes and beer taxes. Grants are capped at $12,000 and are not issued for more than that amount except under extraordinary circumstances, which must be approved by the legislators. The $50,000 grants awarded tonight to Good Hope High School (District 12) and Holly Pong High School (District 11) fall under that category. Other $50,000 grants awarded in the last year include those for the Hanceville High School and Fairview High School (District 11) track renovations, the West Point High School (District 9) track renovation and the Cullman High School (District 4) gymnasium upgrades.

The CCCDC strives to maintain a $100,000 reserve fund, as advised by the legislators.

To learn more or to submit a grant application, visit http://co.cullman.al.us/cccdc/cccdc.html.

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