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Grant Applications

Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation of Abilene offers three competitive grant cycles — the Discretionary cycle, the Future Fund cycle, and the Field of Interest cycle. See the guidelines below for deadlines and qualifications to apply.

Discretionary Grants
This grant cycle is available for Abilene 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to meet immediate community needs. Please see grant guidelines for funding priorities, grant restrictions, timeline, and details for the online application process.

Future Fund Grants
This annual grant cycle supports Abilene nonprofits serving children and youth. Please see grant guidelines for funding priorities, grant restrictions, timeline, and details for the online application process.

  • Future Fund Guidelines
  • Online applications open November 1, 2021
  • Application deadline: January 7, 2022
  • Application and evaluation preview – coming soon


Field of Interest Grants
These annual grant cycles support specific needs in Abilene. Please see the grant guidelines for program requirements and funding priorities.

How to Apply

Grant applications must be submitted through the CFA Online Grant Manager by clicking the Grant Portal button below. First-time applicants will need to create an account. Once your account is set up, your “dashboard” is displayed on screen every time you log in. From the dashboard, you can edit your contact information, begin the application process, access application drafts and submitted applications, and submit required post-grant evaluation reports. If you need assistance:

  • Written tutorial
  • Video tutorial
  • Helpful tip: For the best user experience when accessing the Online Grant Manager, we suggest using the most current browser version, preferably Chrome.

Please contact Kassidy Nygaard or Michelle Parrish with any competitive grant related questions.

Grant Evaluations

The Community Foundation of Abilene requires nonprofit organizations to report on the impact of funded programs. The evaluation includes details about the need the program attempted to meet, its objectives, elements, measurable outcomes, the role of partners, plans for the future, opportunities for improvement and an accounting of expenditures. Log in to the Online Grant Manager to complete an evaluation.