Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of Abilene (CFA)
03/22/19 5:00 PM
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to Texas nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents of Abilene. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent before submitting a full application. 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#: 177329
Most grants are in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Larger grants have been made on occasion.
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.
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;
-Medical or scholarly research;
-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;
-Deficit budget expenses or retroactive funding for current projects, programs, or equipment;
-Capital debt reduction;
-Individuals, except through educational scholarships;
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 24, 2018, for Letters of Intent
-Spring Cycle: January 25, 2019, 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 than 5:00 PM on the deadline date:
-Fall Cycle: October 26, 2018, for Grant Proposal
-Spring Cycle: March 22, 2019, for Grant Proposal
After the full grant proposals have been reviewed and funding recommendations have been made, the CFA Board will meet to approve the funding recommendations. Upon their approval, applicants will be notified.
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfabilene
Community Foundation of Abilene
500 Chestnut, Ste. 1634
P.O. Box 1001
Abilene, TX 79604
USA: Texas: Abilene