CCCDC presents $217,500 in grants to area organizations, schools

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Former Fairview Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Williams (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – At its June meeting, the Cullman County Community Development Commission (CCCDC) awarded a total of $217,500 in grants. CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker and Board Members Josh Speakman and Cherrie Haney presented checks (in a humorously “socially-distanced” way) to the grant recipients Friday morning.

Crocker shared, “$217,500 is being distributed today back into this community from the TVA and the beer tax monies. We’re giving away so much today because we had a meeting in April that was canceled due to COVID-19. COVID-19 may have delayed us, but it’s not going to stop us.”

The grant recipients Monday morning were:

  • First Source for Women – Educational training supplies ($12,000)
  • Cullman County Public Library – ADA-compliant door ($12,000)
  • Logan Preservation Foundation – Repairs and upgrades to community center ($8,000)
  • Walter Community Center – Replace concrete walk, landscaping ($1,500)
  • Town of West Point – ADA-compliant accessibility to storm shelter ($12,000)
  • Hanceville Library – Lighting and lower ceiling repairs ($10,000)
  • Holly Pond High School – Google Expedition Kit ($12,000)
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran School – Technology updates, computers/Chromebooks ($12,000)
  • Cullman Regional Medical Center Foundation – New ambulance ($12,000)
  • Fairview Volunteer Fire Department – Refurbish boat & equip for water response ($12,000)
  • Cullman Area Technology Academy – Chromebooks ($12,000)
  • The Foundry Ministries – Worksite vehicle ($12,000)
  • The Little Pantry – Non-perishable items ($6,000)
  • Hanceville Public Works – Repair and replace culverts ($12,000)
  • Brushy Pond Community Center – Upgrades to building ($12,000)
  • Cullman Swim and Dive Team – New timing system ($12,000)
  • Friends of the Public Library – Non-fiction print and electronic resource materials ($12,000)
  • West Point Volunteer Fire Department – Air cylinders for SCBAs ($12,000)
  • Battleground Volunteer Fire Department – 16 kw fixed generator and storage racks for turnout gear ($12,000)

 

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 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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Brushy Pond Community Center President Jimmy Johnson (left) and Vice President Karen Attaway (second from left) receive a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
CCCDC Board Member Josh Speakman accepts two checks for $12,000 on behalf of the Town of West Point and West Point Volunteer Fire Department from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Cullman Regional Foundation Executive Director Maria Stanford (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Cullman Area Technology Academy Principal Billy Troutman receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Cullman County Public Library System Director Sharon Townson (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County Secretary Renée Welsh (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Page Dowdy from Cullman Swim and Dive Team (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
First Source for Women Executive Director Catherine Bethell (left) receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
City of Hanceville Public Works Director Rusty Fields receives two checks for $12,000 and $10,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Holly Pond High School Principal Steve Miller, left, receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
The Foundry Farm Ministries Foundry Farm Program Director Eddie Wilson receives a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
The Little Pantry President Martha Lawrence receives a check for $6,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Logan Preservation Foundation Board President Michael Harbison (left) and Board Treasurer Amy Shadrick (second from left) receive a check for $8,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
Walter Community Center Director Gene Mayfield receives a check for $1,500 and Brushy Pond Community Center President Jimmy Johnson (left) and Vice President Karen Attaway (second from left) receive a check for $1,500 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
St. Paul’s Lutheran Reverend John Bussman (left) and Principal Annette Creest (second from left) accept a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
CCCDC Board Members Josh Speakman (left) and Cherrie Haney (second from left) pose with Battleground Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ryan Wood as he accepts a check for $12,000 from CCCDC Chairman Champ Crocker Friday morning. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)
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