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Over $1 Million Awarded During Fall 2020 Grant Cycle

Dec 29, 2020

The 2020 Fall Discretionary grant cycle and the Future Fund grant cycle together awarded $1,019,990 to area nonprofits, a record-breaking amount for the Community Foundation of Abilene.

The impact of COVID-19 significantly affected area nonprofits, resulting in an increase of grant requests. This year’s need was met by the generous donors of the Abilene community as well as a substantial gift from Beltway Park Church.

“It has been a difficult year for our community and for nonprofits. I am proud of what our Discretionary grant committee and Future Fund committee have worked hard to accomplish,” says Michelle Parrish, Grants Director for the Community Foundation of Abilene. “We could not have reached this tremendous milestone without our donors and the help of Beltway Park Church.”

Beltway Park Church’s contribution of $361,166 toward the Fall Discretionary grant cycle met the need for many area nonprofits. Their gift fully funded several grant requests.

The Fall Discretionary grant cycle dispersed $929,231 this year. It is an open cycle that 501c3 organizations in the area can apply to on an annual basis. The Future Fund Cycle annually helps nonprofits with a focus on youth and child development and dispersed $90,759 this year.

The final list of recipients and their projects for the Fall Discretionary grant cycle and the Future Fund cycle can both be found in alphabetical order below.

Fall Discretionary Grant Recipients

  1. Abilene Arts Alliance – Emergency COVID-19 Operational Needs
  2. Abilene Christian University – Reducing College Student Food Insecurity Support Program
  3. Abilene Community Theatre – Operational Support for 2020-2021 Season
  4. Abilene Education Foundation – Operational Expenses and Support for “College Offers Opportunities for Life” (COOL) Program
  5. Abilene Hope Haven, Inc. – Bridge2Home Program Support, connecting homeless individuals and families to permanent housing
  6. Abilene Performing Arts Company - COVID-19 Operational Needs and Scholarship Assistance
  7. Abilene Philharmonic - Emergency COVID-19 Operational Needs and Interlude Programs Support
  8. Abilene Police Foundation - Assistance to Support Abilene Police Department, Officers, and Employees
  9. Abilene Preservation League - Emergency COVID-19 Operational Support
  10. Abilene Recovery Council - Parenting Awareness and Drug Risk Education Services (PADREs) Program Support
  11. Abilene Restoration Ministries, Inc. – Fund Program Costs for The Men of Nehemiah Abilene
  12. Abilene Youth Sports Authority – Firm Foundation Sport Academies Program Support
  13. Abilene Zoological Society – COVID-19 Support for Abilene Zoo
  14. Adult Protective Services Partners - Home and Safety Program Benefiting the Needs of Abilene Residents
  15. Alliance for Women and Children - Alliance After School Care Program - Licensing Requirements Regarding COVID-19
  16. Ben Richey Boys Ranch - Computer replacements for Program and Operational Support areas
  17. Big Brothers Big Sisters – Support for Defenders of Potential – One-to-One Mentoring Program
  18. Big Country Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - Hope for a Home Program Support
  19. Butman Methodist Camp & Retreat Center - Emergency COVID-19 Operational Support
  20. Camp Able – Shelter & Care Program Support for Therapeutic Riding
  21. Cancer Services Network – CSN Program Support, Providing Direct Assistance to Cancer Patients
  22. Center for Contemporary Arts - Operational Support to Offset 2020 Impact
  23. Children's Performing Arts Series – Support for the CPAS 2020-2021 Season
  24. Chorus Abilene, Inc. – New Website and Streaming Support
  25. Christian Service Center of Abilene - Rental Assistance Program Support
  26. Communities in Schools of the Big Country – Support for COVID-19 Operational Needs
  27. Crime Stoppers - Keeping Taylor County Safe: Funding General Operations of the Organization
  28. FaithWorks of Abilene, Inc. – Funding for Personnel Salary and Support Needs Amplified by the COVID-19 Season
  29. Food Bank of West Central Texas - Ending Senior Hunger in Abilene
  30. Friends for Life - Operating Support for the Independent Living, Quality of Life and Money Management Programs
  31. Frontier Texas - Emergency COVID-19 Operational Needs, Educational Programs, and Capacity Building
  32. Gladney Center - Adoptions of Children from Foster Care in Abilene
  33. Global Samaritan Resources – Providing Critical Services to Abilene Non-Profits
  34. Harmony Family Services – Funding for an Emergency Shelter Bed for One Year
  35. Hispanic Leadership Council / Cultura Local ABI - Operational Needs and Support for the Community Multicultural Center Program
  36. Hardin-Simmons University Educational Studies – Support for the Program: Challenging Behavior Clinic with Caregiver Hands-On Learning
  37. Houses for Healing – COVID Transportation Assistance and Future Growth
  38. Interested Citizens of Abilene North (I-CAN) - Carver Neighborhood Revitalization
  39. Jesus Family Network - Apprenticeship in Regenerative Culture (ARC) Fellows Program Startup
  40. Joseph Thomas Foundation – Program Support, providing direct assistance to families with medically-fragile children
  41. Junior Achievement of Abilene – Support for the Work Readiness Initiative / Education Never Ends even through a Pandemic!
  42. Junior League of Abilene – Funding for SudsBuds Program, providing hygiene products for students in need
  43. Leukemia Texas – Funding for direct-assistance through the Patient Aid Program
  44. Make-A-Wish Foundation - Wish Granting in Abilene Program Support
  45. National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) – Support for the 2021 Exhibition Season
  46. New Beginnings – Big Country - Program Operations and Capital Support
  47. New Horizons Ranch and Center, Inc. – Providing support for Kids in Foster Care at Audrey Grace House
  48. Noah Project – Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) Start-Up Support
  49. Paramount Theatre – Winter Cabaret Program Support & COVID-19 Operational Needs
  50. Parenthood Support - Seed Funds for Guiding Resource Options to Women & Transitioning Homes (GROWTH) Program Lift Off
  51. Presbyterian Medical Care Mission - Clinic Program Support
  52. Regional Victim Crisis Center – Salary Support for Professional Staff
  53. Rusted and Weathered- West Texas Veteran’s Support Services - Restoring Texas Program Support
  54. Safe Families for Children - Serving Abilene's Children and Families in Crisis
  55. Special Olympics Texas, Inc. - Abilene Area Program Support
  56. St. John's Episcopal School – Funds to install hands-free/bottle-filler water fountains
  57. St. Mark’s Baby Room – Support to supply baby items to Abilene families in need
  58. Strength for Life Foundation - Support for Operational Needs, providing fitness training to cancer survivors
  59. Swenson House – Emergency COVID-19 Operational Needs
  60. Taylor County History Center – 2021 Exhibition Support
  61. Texas Ramp Project – Abilene Ramp Project Program Support
  62. The Grace Museum – COVID-19 Outreach and Operational Needs
  63. The Salvation Army of Abilene – Funds to support the Feeding Program Project which provides 8,000 meals per month to those in need
  64. West Central Texas Workforce Board – Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas Career and Education Outreach Student Ambassador Program Support
  65. West Texas Homeless Network – Funding for Coalition Leadership Program and the Continuation of a Housing Crisis Fund
  66. Young Audiences - Arts After School, Program Support for School Performances, and Teacher Professional Development


Future Fund Grant Recipients

  1. Abilene Arts Alliance - Funds to purchase supplies for the 2021 Children's Art and Literacy Festival
  2. Abilene Christian University - Wildcat PALs - Program to Assist Language Skills
  3. Abilene ISD - Bed Bug Removal Assistance for families in need
  4. Abilene Performing Arts Company - Music Theatre Production Camp support
  5. Abilene Philharmonic Association - Funds to provide Live Stream Masterclasses
  6. Abilene Zoological Society - Equipment to create an Abilene Zoo Virtual Classroom
  7. Alliance for Women & Children - Support for After School Care enhancement programs
  8. AMBUCS Abilene Big Country Chapter - Funds to purchase adapted bicycles and tricycles for special needs children
  9. Big Brothers Big Sisters - Support for one-to-one mentoring program
  10. Big Country Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - Funds to Support CASA volunteer training and program support
  11. Big Country Home Educators - Support for Family Literary Arts Programming
  12. Boys and Girls Club of Abilene, Inc. - Funds to purchase new computers required for student activity tracking
  13. Camp Able - Support for school therapeutic riding programs
  14. Center for Contemporary Arts - After-school Education and Summer Art Camps
  15. Children’s Performing Art Series - Support for the 2020-2021 live theater performance series
  16. Chorus Abilene - Support for Summer Music Enrichment Activities
  17. City of Abilene Recreation Division - Scholarships for the 2021 Summer Camp
  18. Cultura Local ABI - Support for literary program “Dia de Los Ninos/Dia de Los Libros”
  19. International Rescue Committee - Support for STAR Program for Refugee Youth
  20. Joseph Thomas Foundation - Funds to purchase supplies and services for medically fragile children in Abilene
  21. Junior Achievement - Support for "JA in a Day" program at Lee Elementary School
  22. National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) - Take and Make Fine Art series support
  23. New Horizons (Audrey Grace House) - Support for programs offered for children residing at Audrey Grace House
  24. Regional Victim Crisis Center - Counseling services for child victims of violent crime
  25. Safe Families for Children – Abilene Chapter - Mentoring and Tutoring Program for Socially Isolated Families
  26. Taylor County History Center - Support for 2021 Scarecrow Festival Art Project
  27. The Grace Museum - Support for the 2021 Summer Art Program
  28. Young Audiences - Support for ArtShine Art Therapy Program

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