Cawaco has various programs available to the service area:

THE CAWACO GRANT PROGRAM

We have a reimbursable 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. Our grant cycle opens March 1 and closes July 1 of each year.  All grants must close out prior to August 1 of each year.

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. Unfortunately, this year we have been unable to secure the seeds for distribution. We encourage all gardeners to harvest their seed and save them and trade them. We are working diligently to retain this valuable program and appreciate any input from the community! 

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. Check Availability Ready to use the tools? Just add your event to the calendar and Fill out the form!

STRATEGIC HABITAT 

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:

  • Threatened, endangered and at-risk species,
  • Identifies cooperative opportunities for sampling or performing assessments, and
  • Provides information regarding current and upcoming regulations and legislation.
  • More information can found here.