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Rural Grants

The Community Foundation of Abilene is committed to making a charitable impact beyond Abilene's city limits. Our rural grantmaking initiative is specifically for outlying communities in the greater west-central Texas region.

Paula Windham Fund for Education and Community Development

About Dr. Paula Andree Windham

Dr. Paula Andree Windham was a pillar of the Oplin, Texas community. She was known to be a trailblazer, a ranch woman, scholar, woman of faith, and defender of love. This generous fund set up in her name creates opportunities to address issues and improve quality of life in rural communities throughout west-central Texas.

Service Area

Grants from this fund support a broad range of rural initiatives throughout the year. Nonprofits serving the counties below may apply. Any applicants outside of these counties that are within a 150-mile radius of Oplin, Texas will also be accepted and reviewed.

  • Counties served: Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton

Application Process

  1. Start by reviewing the grant guidelines to determine whether your organization is eligible.
  2. Contact Rural Grants Manager Meagan Harris at mharris@cfabilene.org or 325-676-3883 to arrange a meeting. Any organization interested in applying must first be interviewed so our team can learn more about your organization and programs.
  3. Submit an application online at this grant portal link. Create a login, then follow the instructions.
    1. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2022.
    2. You can preview the application here.
  4. A committee will review applications and present grant awards in mid-August.


Nonprofits: If you have any questions about the rural grantmaking process, contact Meagan Harris at mharris@cfabilene.org or 325-676-3883.

Donors: If you are passionate about rural causes and would like to learn more about ways you can support the communities and causes you care about, contact President/CEO Katie Alford at kalford@cfabilene.org or 325-676-3883.