CCCDC presents grant checks to area organizations


Cherrelle Fancher, third from left, accepts a grant for $6,000 for youth and adult literacy programming through Life Long Learning from the Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) Friday. From left are CCCDC members Cherrie Haney, Josh Speakman, Champ Crocker and Bradley Williams. Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good Hope is on the far right. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded several grants at its January meeting. This week, grant checks were presented to recipients. The Cullman County Child Development Center received its check on Wednesday. Cold Springs High School was scheduled to receive its check at Friday night’s basketball game. Other recipients were given their checks Friday afternoon at the Cullman County Economic Development office.

Here’s the full list of grants awarded for January:

  • Cold Springs High School, library furniture and covered awning, $50,000
  • Vinemont High School, HVAC system for school gymnasium, $50,000
  • City of Good Hope, sewer upgrade matching grant, $12,000
  • Cullman PALS, boom trailer- solid waste officer, $12,000
  • Life Long Learning, youth and adult literacy, $6,000
  • Hanceville Middle School, 30 Dell Chromebooks, charging station cart and headphones, $11,247.07
  • Harmony School, Recipe for Reading trade books, $12,000
  • Holly Pond Elementary School, cart of Chromebooks for library, $8,000
  • Joppa Volunteer Fire Department, five units of turn-out gear, $12,000
  • Good Hope Middle School, three iPad Pros, keyboards and Apple pencils, $3,651
  • Cullman County Child Development Center, playground renovation, $12,000
  • CCCDC board members are appointed by the Cullman area’s state legislative delegation.

CCCDC members are:

  • Cherrie Haney – appointed by Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman
  • Joe Golden – appointed by Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview
  • Bradley Williams – appointed by Rep. Corey Harbison, R- Good Hope
  • Josh Speakman – appointed by Rep. Scott Stadthagen, R-Hartselle
  • Champ Crocker, chairman – appointed by the legislative delegation

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 grant awarded tonight to Cold Springs High School falls under that category.

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

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