Foundation News

We awarded more than $320,000 in grants to local organizations during the spring discretionary grant cycle. The grantees and their projects are listed below.

Abilene Arts Alliance – Children’s Art & Literacy Festival 2018 featuring Oliver Jeffers

Abilene Big Country AMBUCS – Funds to purchase adapted bicycles and tricycles for special needs children and adults

Abilene Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Remaining funds for Dyess Memorial Park Expansion

Abilene Fire Department – Funds to purchase new AFD Fitness/Wellness Firefighter Testing Equipment

Abilene Home Away From Home – Support for Events and Recruiting Host Families for Dyess Airmen

Abilene Police Foundation – Direct Financial Assistance to Abilene Police Department, Officers, Employees

Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District – Sealants Available for Every (SAFE) KID II Project (sealants and dental services to children in need)

ACU Theatre – Abilene Shakespeare Community Collaboration

Alliance for Women and Children – After School Care Scholarships

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 61 – Funds for Lee Elementary students to attend various summer camps in 2018

American Red Cross – Disaster cycle services of Taylor County

Cancer Services Network – Prescription Assistance Program

Children’s Performing Arts Series – Children’s Performing Arts Series 2018-19 Season

Chorus Abilene – Equipment/Software Upgrades

Christian Service Center of Abilene – Standing in the Gap Program: Rental Assistance

Cisco College – Cisco College Emergency Financial Aid Program

City of Abilene Recreation Division – Scholarships for children attending City of Abilene Recreation Division Camps (summer, winter, and spring break)

Communities In Schools of the Big Country – Funds to purchase new curriculum for social and emotional learning initiative (Behavioral Intervention Programming)

Disability Resources, Inc. – Additional funds for Capital Campaign

FaithWorks of Abilene, Inc. – Counseling Services and Direct Financial Assistance to FaithWorks students in need

Food Bank of West Central Texas – Fresh Produce Cooler Expansion

Hardin-Simmons University – Dream-Catchers Summer Camp for Elementary and Middle School Students

House of Faith-Abilene – Funds to purchase a new projector for neighborhood ministry

Junior Achievement of Abilene – Support for JA Work Readiness Initiative

Leukemia Texas – Funds to support Patient Aid Program for patients diagnosed with Leukemia in Abilene and Taylor County

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Abilene – Developing a Mental Health Clubhouse

Noah Project – Technology Update

St. John’s Episcopal School – DuraPlay Soft Surface for playground utilized by 2-3 year old class

Taylor Jones Humane Society – Capital improvements to animal shelter

Texas State Technical College Foundation – Scholarship Funds for TSTC Programs in Abilene

West Texas Rehabilitation Center – Funds to re-plaster therapeutic exercise pool

YMCA of Abilene – Funds to provide Swim Lessons to children in need

Total Grant Amount: $320,489