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Volunteer Fire Department Grants

The Community Foundation of Abilene has opened a special grant cycle for volunteer fire departments in the Abilene region. The foundation and our donors recognize the important role VFDs play for our rural communities, and we want this funding opportunity to provide added support for VFDs ahead of the 2022 wildfire season.

Application Guidelines & Criteria:

  • Applications are open now through February 18, 2022.
  • Grant decisions will be made by early March.
  • VFDs from the following counties may apply: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Fisher, Jones, Nolan, Runnels, Shackelford, and Taylor.
  • Most grant amounts will range from around $5,000 to $25,000, though a grant committee will determine final amounts.
  • View the 2022 VFD Grant Guidelines here.
  • View an application preview here.


How to Apply

Grant applications must be submitted through the CFA Online Grant Manager by clicking the Apply Now button below.

First-time applicants will need to create an account. Once your account is set up, your dashboard will be displayed on the 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, please refer to the following:

  • 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.

Contact Kassidy Nygaard with any grant-related questions.