Foundation Blog

(November 1, 2023) — The Community Foundation of Abilene awarded more than $704k in grants to 44 local nonprofits during our fall community grant cycle. Through the generosity of our donor-advised fundholders and funds raised from the Community Connections grantmaking publication, the community contributed more than $108k.

Our community grant cycles are competitive opportunities for nonprofits serving the Abilene area to apply for funding. The fall 2023 grantees are listed below.

Learn more about various fund types and how grants are made here.

Fall 2023 Discretionary Grantees:

2INgage - Texas Family Initiative – Support for foster families

Abilene Christian University – STEM for Girls

Abilene Christian University – Marriage and Family Institute support

Abilene Crime Stoppers, Inc. – Operational needs

Abilene Education Foundation – Rebranding and marketing strategies

Abilene Open Door Inc. – Repairs and operational needs

Abilene Philharmonic Association – Growth of the Abilene youth orchestra programs

Abilene Recovery Council – Parenting Awareness and Drug Risk Education (PADRE) program

All Kind Animal Initiative – Spay and neuter program

American Red Cross – Home fire relief

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star – Mentoring program

Big Country CASA – Child welfare program support

Boys and Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. – Safety upgrade for multiple campuses

Camp Able – Operational needs

Center for Contemporary Arts – ArtWalk support

Christian Service Center of Abilene – Rental assistance and Financial Freedom class

City of Abilene, Community Services – Recreation camps

Disability in Action – Transportation Works program

FaithWorks of Abilene, Inc. – Case management for students and graduates

Food Bank of West Central Texas – Capital campaign support toward renovation and addition

Friends for Life – Operational support

Habitat for Humanity Abilene, Inc. – Strategic planning

Hendrick Home for Children – Campus enhancement project

Houses for Healing – Operational needs

Junior Achievement of Abilene – Work readiness and after school programs

Junior League of Abilene – Suds Buds program

Mentors Care – Mentoring program at Wylie High School

New Horizons Ranch and Center, Inc. – Foster kids at Audrey Grace House

Noah Project – Battering intervention and prevention program

Presbyterian Medical Care Mission – Medical clinic program support

Regional Victim Crisis Center – Support for crime victim counseling and care

Sight Savers America – Abilene Low Vision and Blindness Program

Special Olympics Big Country – General operating support

Swenson House – Interior painting

Taylor Jones Humane Society – Veterinary care for cats and dogs

Texas Family Institute – Samaritan Fund

Texas State Technical College Foundation – Equipment for electrical lineworker program

Texas Tech Foundation Inc. – Future College Curls program expansion

Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation – Veterinary care for pets of Meals on Wheels clients

The Grace Museum – Educational outreach support

The Old Jail Art Center – Abilene school outreach art program

West Texas Rehabilitation Center – Building4Patients capital campaign

West Texas Tribune – Young Scholars program

Young Audiences – Arts after school program and performance