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The Big Country Fire Relief Fund provides grants to volunteer fire departments who have tirelessly been working to contain and put out the fires and the nonprofits/churches serving the people affected by the fires. 100% of funds raised will be granted out to support these relief efforts.
People in need of immediate assistance can find updated resources at the Big Country VOAD website or by calling 211.
Donations will go out as grants to organizations serving the affected communities. Some grants will go to volunteer fire departments to meet their needs, and some grants will go to nonprofits that will use the funds to provide aid to people who need it. The Community Foundation of Abilene does not plan to give funds directly to individuals at this time. Some funds will, however, be quickly deployed to meet urgent needs (see below).
Why give to the relief funds instead of directly to organizations in those communities? It streamlines the process and ensures donations can be used in the most effective way possible, where they are needed most.
Our team is actively working with agencies on the ground in the affected areas to determine when and where to begin deploying grant dollars. Grants will go out in two phases: