Alabama 4-H Foundation (Montgomery 2019): Purchased a trailer for educational equipment that’s used for youth at 4-H events at schools, expos, festivals, & camps.
Alabama Birding Trails Education and Outreach (Montgomery 2018): Funds awarded used to design, produce and install (2) 36×48 signs and metal stands in the MSRCD council area with logo. Develop curriculum and hold workshop for teachers held at Alabama Nature Center-Lanark-Millbrook, Alabama.
Campsite 4 Experience (Montgomery 2015): To purchase photographs from the Spider Martin Civil Rights Collection to be displayed at the museum.
Cool Room for the Elderly and Disabled (Montgomery 2016): Mid-South partnered with South Central Alabama Development Commission-Area on Aging to help sixteen senior citizens in Bullock, Butler, Lowndes, Macon, and Montgomery Counties. Citizens needed fans or air conditioners in their homes due to the extreme heat being experienced this summer in Alabama.
Emergency Preparedness for Older Individuals & Persons with Disabilities (Montgomery 2016): Purchase emergency preparedness survivor kits for at-risk seniors, persons with disabilities & caregivers. Over 500 individuals got kits.
Family, Food & Fortitude (Montgomery 2015): To provide family advocacy strategies which improve the health and economic well being of limited resource families.
Grain Drill for Montgomery County Underserved Farmers (Montgomery 2015): To help underserved farmers have access to a grain drill.
Lighting the Path of the Trail (Montgomery 2015): To provide solar powered lights on the Civil Rights trail through the rural, impoverished short segments nearby Selma, White Hall, and Montgomery, AL.
MCSWCD Grain Drill (Montgomery 2018): Purchased a 10’ Great Plains No-Till Grain Drill for Montgomery County farmers and landowners.
MCSWCD Tables/Chairs/Tent Educational Outreach Programs (Montgomery 2018): Grant funds used to purchase tables/chairs/tents for outreach programs and events.
Montgomery County Water Festival (Montgomery 2018): Funds supported the Environmental Magic Show.
PCREP Family Fun Day (Montgomery 2020): Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University received grant funds from Mid-South RCD to provide reading materials and educational enhancements to Montgomery families with young children. The primary goal of the Parent Child Reading Enhancement Program (PCREP) Family Fun Day proposal was to extend outreach of the PCREP program series through a Family Fun Day event. The community expo highlighted the importance of teaching children ages 4 to 9 how to be successful and confident readers. At a PCREP Family Fun Day, children earn PCREP dollars (play money) from each educational activity they participate in to purchase books and other items at an on-site bookstore. The funds granted from Mid-South RC& D Council provided a PCREP Family Fun Day with residents of Paterson Court, a Montgomery Housing Authority community, and purchased books, puzzles, and other learning activities to increase the amount of reading materials and educational enhancements found in the homes of low-income parents in Montgomery County.
Project Educate Conservate (Montgomery 2016): Purchase fish, tents, rods, reels, bait, & tackle for outdoor youth fishing & conservation classes. The annual youth fishing rodeo included a conservation awareness program by “Leave No Trace” trainer Skip Essman. Youth learned to plan fishing outings, proper waste disposal during camping & fishing trips, & learned the importance of wildlife. Rumbling Waters BASS Club taught casting, knot tying & proper bait/lure selection.
Protect-Educate-Conservate (Montgomery 2016): June is a month that “lures” many to the great outdoors, especially for Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Kicking off their annual fishing rodeo with over 300 youth in attendance, ponds had been stocked with 1600 pounds of catfish! Grant also supported the development and hosting of a premier youth fishing and conservation class. Items of need included tents, rods, reels, bait, hooks, insect repellent and more. Rumblin’ Waters BASS Club in Wetumpka, Alabama assisted with the hands-on outdoor classroom instruction which included casting, knot tying, and proper bait/lure selection. Master Trainer, Skip Essman, Leave No Trace, provided educational awareness in conservation, how to plan fishing outings, to properly dispose of waste during camping and fishing trips and the importance of respecting wildlife. Mid-South RC&D was there!
Putting the Pieces Together (Montgomery 2016): Mid-South partnered with South Central Alabama Development Commission Area on Aging to provide jigsaw puzzles, scrabble, word search books, and bingo games for residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers in Bullock, Butler, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Macon Counties. The purpose of this project is to engage senior citizens in learning skills that will keep them alert and highly engaged in activities that will stimulate their brain neurons and physical health. This project is on-going and will continue.
Seeds of Plenty Community Garden (Montgomery 2015): To create a community garden a community garden.
Softball and Baseball Field Improvements SMCA (Montgomery 2019): Funds were used to install two sets of bleachers and for preparing the baseball and softball fields for other upgrades.
Swim and Safety Program (Montgomery 2018): Grant supported the purchase of materials for the Girl Scouts’ Lifeguard/CPR Training and Certification classes.
Technology Talk (Montgomery 2015): To teach students and adults how to utilize current technology at school, home and the work place.
Urban Sprawl Meets Wildlife (Montgomery 2015): To develop a signature “spotlight” program entitled “Urban Wildlife 101” that will couple notable wildlife curriculum with a hands-on Urban Wildlife Educational Resource Kit to be used in Autauga, Elmore, & Montgomery Counties.
Wingard Park in Grady Improvements (Montgomery 2016): Purchase and install outdoor fitness equipment (leg press, hand cycle machine and chest press machine) for Wingard Park in Grady. Outdoor adult fitness equipment is currently in need for upgrades to promote health awareness for general public.
Youth Summer Program and Conservation Program (Montgomery 2018): Grant Funds used to purchase educational materials to develop an Outdoor Classroom for youth during the summer months, including portable restrooms, wildlife classes and stock ponds for fishing.