2008 Rural Alabama Initiative Grant Recipients

Grant Priorities

Grant proposals submitted to ECDI had to meet the following criteria in order to be considered for funding:

  • The target audience had to be located in rural Alabama.
  • There had to be at least one clearly-defined educational objective.
  • The project had to support community and economic development in one or more of the following areas:
    • Community Leadership Development (including youth leadership)
    • Citizen Engagement
    • Stakeholder Connections and Networking
    • Workforce Preparation and Development
    • Communications Technology
    • Strategic Planning for Economic and Community Development
    • Tourism and Retiree Attraction
    • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
      (including youth entrepreneurship)
    • Community Events and Festivals
    • Business Retention and Expansion
    • Community Amenities and Aesthetics
    • Economic Development Organization and Strategy
    • Economic Development Information and Marketing
    • Commercial & Retail Development
    • Natural Resources Utilization and Sustainable Development
      (including youth programs)

ECDI gave priority to educational projects that featured collaborations among organizations and jurisdictions in rural Alabama.

Projects Funded
  • Statewide Economic and Community Development
    • Alabama Communities of Excellence, Inc.
    • Your Town Alabama 2008 Workshop
  • Leadership
    • Bullock County Youth Leadership (Bullock County Extension)
    • Collective Leadership Initiative 2008
      (Leadership Selma-Dallas County)
    • Greater Valley Project Leadership (Chambers County Extension)
    • Junior Leadership Lake Martin (Tallapoosa County Extension)
    • Leaders for Pike Road (Town of Pike Road)
    • Leadership Barbour County
    • Leadership Greene County
    • Leadership Hale County
      (Moundville Community Development Corporation)
    • Leadership Wilcox County (Wilcox County Extension)
    • Monroe County Youth Leadership (Monroe County Extension)
    • Montgomery County Youth Leadership
      (Montgomery County Extension)
    • Perry County Youth and Adult Leadership Programs
      (Perry County Extension)
    • Value-Added Leadership for Empowering Citizens
      (Leadership Macon County)
    • Youth and Adult Conecuh County Leadership Programs
      (Conecuh County Extension)
    • Youth Leadership Autauga County (Autauga County Extension)
    • Youth Leadership Clarke County (Leadership Clarke County)
    • Youth Leadership Elmore County (Elmore County Extension)
    • Youth Leadership Washington (Leadership Washington County)
  • Workforce Development
    • Career Quest - Winston County
      Winston County School
    • Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (Wallace State Community College)
    • Enhancement of Henry County Leadership
      (Headland Industrial Development Board)
    • Escambia County Computer Literacy Project
      (Escambia County Extension)
    • Future Leaders Applying Technology (FLAT) Program
      (Community Action Agency for Northeast Alabama, Inc.)
    • IMPACT - Career Transition (Jackson County 21st Century Council)
    • Leadership and Vocational Career Development
      (Limestone County Extension)
    • Lovelady Center Workforce Preparation and Development Program
      (Freedom Rain, Inc.)
    • Shoals Summer Technology Institute
      Shoals Chamber of Commerce
    • Town of Emelle Learning Center
    • Work Experience Program for Deaf Teens
      (Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind)
  • Arts-Based Community and Economic Development
    • Art Camp 2008 - Clay County
      Clay County Arts League
    • Teen Arts Collaborative Drug Awareness Program
      Heflin Arts Council
  • Other Economic Development Projects
    • Establishment of Blount Co. Local Economic Development Program
      St. Clair County Economic Development Council
    • Peach Jam Jubilee - Chilton County
      Chilton County Chamber of Commerce

Last Updated: May 20, 2014