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Grants to Abilene, Texas Nonprofits
to Improve the Local Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Abilene

LOI Date:

01/26/18

Deadline Date:

03/23/18 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to Abilene, Texas nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Letters of intent are due January 26. Consideration will be given to requests for innovative programs, building and equipment needs, and special projects.

The chances of your agency’s proposal being funded are substantially increased if the program or project:

-Proposes practical solutions to community problems;
-Responds to changing or emerging community needs;
-Addresses prevention as well as assistance for a problem;
-Promotes cooperation among nonprofit agencies without duplicating efforts;
-Leverages or generates other funding or resources;
-Promotes volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community;
-Promotes grants that enhance and encourage sustainability.

Consideration is also given to the capability of the agency and its personnel to achieve expected results, past stewardship of the agency, the adequacy and professionalism of the budget and the support and cooperation of the agencies involved in similar projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177329

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants are in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Larger grants have been made on occasion.

Term of Contract:

The CFA may choose to provide funding to an organization for the same program or project for consecutive years. However, agencies should take care not to become dependent on this funding as other community needs may be considered a priority from year to year.

The CFA generally will not approve multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations in the Abilene, Texas area with an IRS tax exempt status. To be eligible to submit a grant proposal, an organization must be in compliance with any previous grant reporting requirements or conditions.

Some organizations have independent divisions that fall under the same 501(c)3. If there is a legitimate need, more than one division may apply for a grant within a 12-month period. For example, an organization serving as a fiscal agent for an agency or division requesting a grant may also apply for a grant in the same 12-month period.

Priority is given to agencies located in and serving Abilene. Consideration will be given to awarding grants to agencies serving Abilene and outlying areas. An agency is not required to have a location in Abilene, but it is preferred that there is a chapter or representative in Abilene.

CFA generally will not make grants for:
-Activities which do not benefit the citizens of Abilene;
-Maintenance expenses;
-Medical or scholarly research;
-Membership fees;
-Ticket sales for charitable fundraising efforts;
-Church related activities unless they involve the community as a whole;
-Travel for groups, such as school classes, clubs or sports teams;
-De cit budget expenses or retroactive funding for current projects, programs or equipment;
-Capital debt reduction;
-Individuals, except through our educational scholarships;
-Political projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Before a Grant Proposal will be considered by the Foundation, a Letter of Intent must be submitted online. Please note that the Letter of Intent functions as a preliminary proposal and requires specific organization, project, and financial information.

Letters of Intent must be submitted and received online no later than 5:00 PM on the deadline date:

-Fall Cycle: August 25, 2017, for Letters of Intent
-Spring Cycle: January 26, 2018, for Letters of Intent

The Grant Distribution Committee will review Letters of Intent and determine which organizations will be requested to submit a Grant Proposal. Submitting organizations will be notified by letter and email, with the full proposals due no later that 5:00 PM on the deadline date:

-Fall Cycle: October 27, 2017, for Grant Proposal
-Spring Cycle: March 23, 2018, for Grant Proposal

After the full grant proposals have been reviewed and funding recommendations have been made, the CFABoard will meet to approve the funding recommendations. Upon their approval, applicants will be notified.

Application Tutorial Video:
http://www.foundant.com/applicant-tutorial.php

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Letter of Intent online:
http://www.grantinterface.com/cfabilene/Common/LogOn.aspx

Submit an Application online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfabilene

Michelle Parrish
325-676-3883
mparrish@cfabilene.org

Community Foundation of Abilene
500 Chestnut, Ste. 1634
P.O. Box 1001
Abilene, TX 79604

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Abilene