The Alexandria Area Community Foundation (AACF) seeks to make significant grants that will be the 'Difference Maker” in bringing about a lasting, positive change in the Alexandria area community. The AACF Is looking to provide leadership financial support and build a partnership that goes beyond the grant in order to advance the project or initiatives.The five focus areas are education, social services, health, arts and culture and civic.
The Alexandria Area Community Foundation has awarded over $233,500 in Difference Maker Grants over the last five years.
Alexandria Opportunities Center - $11,000 - To help them replace the roof of their facilities which provides programming to individual's needs who are primarily diagnosed with a developmental disability and/or mental illness.
Someplace Safe - $10,000 - To support the emergency financial assistance program for their clients who are victims of crime.
City of Alexandria; Fire Department - $9,000 - To host a training for a Hostile Event Response which will teach law, fire and EMS a new integrated practice on how to deal with a hostile event situation when there are viable victims in order to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Alexandria Senior Center - $20,000 - For expansion of the nutrition services program to accommodate the increasing number of aging and vulnerable residents in the area.
Runestone Museum Foundation - $10,000 - This grant will be used as a match to help with the restoration of Big Ole, the "icon" of the Alexandria and Douglas County. The project will include fully repainting the statue.
Doulglas County Car Care - $27,500 - To fix 50 cars that will be donated to eligible individuals and families in need to help them achieve economic security and self-sufficiency.
Theatre L'Homme Dieu - $23,000 - Building update and equipment to further it's ability to produce and present live theatre, fine arts and education programming to the community.
Alexandria Senior Center - $8,000 - For renovations and updates to the kitchen.
Alexandria Area Arts Association - $60,000 - For the renovation of the Education and Community Resource Area.
United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties - $20,000 - To support the Homeless to Housed project.
Wings Family Support Services - $35,000 - For their Transitional Housing building upgrade project.