Cawaco has various programs available to the service area:

THE CAWACO GRANT PROGRAM

We have a grant program and offer both Educational and General Funding (Challenge) grants. Grants are offered to non-profits and government entities of Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties of Alabama.

Applications are scored by one committee member from each of our five counties. Grants are evaluated based on need, area/population served, strength of community support and volunteer network, and meeting Cawaco  goals and objectives. The 2019 grant cycle will open on November 1, 2017.

PLEASE READ THE FACT SHEET BEFORE APPLYING!

                                         We highly recommend you read the grant checklist

Ready to apply? Apply here.

SEEDS FOR COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL GARDENS

Each year, Cawaco sorts, divides and distributes thousands of pounds of vegetable seeds to community and school gardens throughout the state of Alabama. The seeds are FREE but you must fill out the online application to receive them!  Seeds are distributed between January 1 through March every year. Apply Now to reserve yours!

 

GREENHOUSE FRAMES AT WHOLESALE PRICES

Cawaco offers gently-used Atlas greenhouse frames, heaters and fans at wholesale prices. Fill out the form and someone will be in touch with you!

 

 

SOIL FOR COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL GARDENS

Cawaco has partnered with Scott’s Miracle Gro to supply school and community gardens with bagged topsoil FREE OF CHARGE. You MUST apply here and schedule with us in order to pick up the soil.  APPLY NOW

 

TOOLS FOR TRAIL-BUILDING PROJECTS

Thanks to a grant from ADECA, Cawaco purchased a cargo trailer and stocked it with trail-building equipment including rakes, shovels, loppers, pruners, backpack sprayers, privet pullers and even chainsaws. This trailer is available to RESPONSIBLE volunteers and non-profit agencies. Deposit is required, and availability is variable. Learn More

 

Cawaco RC&D provides administrative and project support to the Alabama Rivers and Streams Network.  The Network is an informal group that shares information regarding:

  • Shares information regarding threatened, endangered and at-risk species,
  • Identifies cooperative opportunities for sampling or performing assessments, and
  • Provides information regarding current and upcoming regulations and legislation.

 

Alabama Rivers and Streams Network is comprised of:

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Alabama Department of Environmental Management
  • Utilities
  • Forestry
  • Consultants
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Universities and Colleges

More information and presentations can be found here.