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Governor announces grant for outdoor classroom in Athens

MONTGOMERY— Students in Limestone County will soon have a new space to learn about the outdoors with the help of a $76,307 Appalachian Regional Commission grant announced by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The Athens-Limestone Public Library will use the grant to help convert an unused piece of land adjacent to the library into an outdoor education facility. Students from area schools and home school groups will use the site to teach the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s Outdoor Classroom curriculum and for activities designed to teach science, technology and math concepts.

Governor awards grant to help child abuse victims statewide

MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $159,326 grant to help a nonprofit organization enhance services for child abuse victims in Alabama.

The grant to the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers will help fund a victim advocate to assist child abuse victims directly and a training coordinator that will assist the 29 children’s advocacy centers across Alabama who offer services to victims and their families. Funding also will assist with a statewide case tracking system and the development of training curriculum.

Gov. Bentley awards nearly $470,000 in grants to help 41 Alabama law enforcement agencies obtain new equipment

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $466,944 to help purchase equipment for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and 40 police departments and sheriff offices across Alabama.

The grants will purchase a range of equipment from bulletproof vests and weapons to computers and body cameras.

Governor awards grants to assist crime victims in south central Alabama

MONTGOMERY– Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded three grants totaling $279,000 to help victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking in south central Alabama.

The grants - $140,000 to the Elmore County Commission, $90,000 to the Montgomery County Commission and $49,000 to the Family Sunshine Center – will help victims in Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.

Gov. Bentley awards grants to assist domestic violence victims in northwest Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $235,363 to assist victims of domestic violence in northwest Alabama in obtaining justice against their offenders.

The grants will be used for investigation and prosecutorial services in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties.

“Domestic violence impacts lives and tears families apart in every region of Alabama,” Bentley said. “We must give law enforcement the tools they need to battle this crime and we must be willing to show compassion to people who are affected by this needless act.”

Governor awards grant for assistance to victims of human trafficking

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $210,888 grant to support the work of an Alabama nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and restoring victims of human trafficking.

The WellHouse will use the grant to help rescue and rehabilitate trafficking victims who have been sexually exploited. Since assisting its first victim in 2011, the Leeds-based organization has served nearly 300 victims.

Gov. Bentley awards $217,540 to help abuse victims, prosecute cases in east Alabama

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded grants totaling $217,540 to support programs that assist domestic violence victims and prosecute abuse cases in six east Alabama counties.

Bentley awarded grants of $30,000 to 2nd Chance Inc., $45,540 to the Calhoun County Commission, $91,000 to the Etowah County Commission and $51,000 to the Talladega County Commission.

Governor awards grant to aid domestic abuse victims in nine west Alabama counties

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $39,802 grant to assist victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in nine west Alabama counties.

The grant, awarded to SAN Inc. dba Turning Point, will help provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties. The funds will support a full-time court advocate which will allow Turning Point to continue providing free advocacy, assistance, information and referral to victims.

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