CCCDC presents $12K grant to North Alabama Agriplex

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Cullman County Community Development Commission Chairman Champ Crocker, left, presented a $12,000 check to North Alabama Agriplex Director Rachel Dawsey and Agriplex VISTA Markus Doering Friday afternoon. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At its September meeting, the Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) approved nine grants, totaling more than $100,000. One recipient, the North Alabama Agriplex, was granted $12,000 for its Food for Life program. The check was officially presented Friday at the Cullman County Economic Development office.

North Alabama Agriplex Director Rachel Dawsey shared, “We launched the Food for Life program to bridge the gap between high rates of obesity, poverty and food insecurity in the presence of Cullman being a thriving agricultural industry. Food for Life started in 2014.”

CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker said to Dawsey with a smile, “You’re doing a good job.”

Other grants named in September were:

  • Sacred Heart School for self-guided student resources $12,000
  • Cullman County Veterans Day Celebration Committee for 2019 Cullman County Veterans Day Celebration $12,000
  • Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled for shipping for supplies $12,000
  • Cold Springs Community Center for parking lot and flooring $12,000
  • Hanceville Fire and Rescue for generator for fire station $12,000
  • Good Hope Middle School for Chromebooks $10,000
  • United Way of Cullman County for funding local agencies $12,000
  • Cullman County Community Corrections for Veterans Court $12,000

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.

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

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Maggie Darnell

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