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Volunteer Fire Department Grants

Community Foundation of Abilene has a special grant cycle for volunteer fire departments (VFDs) in the West-Central Texas region.

The Foundation and our donors recognize the important role VFDs play for our rural communities, especially in the devastating wildfire season experienced in 2022. This funding opportunity provides added support for VFDs to purchase safety and equipment needed to serve and protect our neighbors in these communities.


VFDs from the following counties may apply:

  • Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor and Throckmorton

Funding Guidelines

Application Process

The Community Foundation of Abilene utilizes an online grants management system called, “Foundant GLM.” Application information must be submitted through this online system. For instructions on how to apply, click here or the button below.

Note: Any request more than $25,000 must interview with Meagan Harris, rural grants manager, before submitting an application.

Timeline and Notifications

  • Online application opens: January 1
  • Application deadline: February 15
  • Award notifications: March 31
  • Most grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000, though a grant committee determines final amounts.


Contact Meagan Harris, rural grants manager, at mharris@cfabilene.org or Michelle Parrish, grants director, at mparrish@cfabilene.org. By phone, please call 325-676-3883.