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CFA Awards $86k in Field of Interest Grants

The Community Foundation of Abilene is awarding more than $86,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations from a few of our Field of Interest funds, supporting programs ranging from therapy for children in foster care to avian rehabilitation.

“A Field of Interest fund is a great type of fund if you either have a specific area of interest you are passionate about wanting to support, or you are interested in supporting the evolving needs and opportunities of a variety of nonprofits focused on your broad area of interest,” says CFA Development and Donor Services Director Courtney Vletas.

$51,100 is being awarded from the APC Endowment Fund for Mental Health.  APC stands for Abilene Psychiatric Center, a mental health hospital that once operated in Abilene.

$35,165 is being awarded from the Pat Meleen Vaughn Funds for the Celebration of Life and the Humane Treatment of Animals.

The projects receiving grants from these funds are listed below.

APC Endowment Fund for Mental Health:

  • Ministry of Counseling and Enrichment (MOCE) – Funding for Kid’s Place Scholarship
  • New Horizons (Audrey Grace House) – Support for therapeutic treatment for foster care children residing at Audrey Grace House
  • Noah Project – Funding to provide prescription assistance and in-house drug/alcohol recovery sessions for those residing at Noah Project          
  • Regional Victim Crisis Center – Continued mental health services to victims of violent crime
  • Texas Family Institute – Support for the Samaritan Fund to assist with the service costs for indigent, noninsured clients

Pat Meleen Vaughn Fund for the Celebration of Life:

  • Christian Homes and Family Services – Free residential services for women with unplanned pregnancies

Pat Meleen Vaughn Fund for Humane Treatment of Animals:

  • Abilene Zoological Society – Support for Avian Rehabilitation Program
  • Camp Able – Funds to provide shelter and care for rescued horses
  • City of Abilene Animal Shelter – Funding for medical treatment for shelter animals and preventative vaccines for animals that enter shelter; support for low cost spay/neuter

These are just a few of the dozens of Field of Interest funds at the Community Foundation of Abilene.  Grants from other funds will be made during our discretionary grant cycles.