CFA: Discretionary Grant

Community Foundation of Abilene

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 25, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 27, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 26, 2019 3:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Mar 23, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Texas: Jones County, Taylor County

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in Texas: Jones County, Taylor County Other eligible locations: United States

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Who We Are

The Community Foundation of Abilene is a public foundation committed to improving the quality of life in our area. The Foundation is a pool of charitable funds whose earnings are used to benefit the Abilene community. This is done largely by making grants to nonprofit organizations.

What We Fund:

Grants are awarded from the discretionary and field of interest funds of the CFA. The Community Foundation maintains full discretion over all grantmaking decisions. CFA will consider funding for special projects, innovative programs, equipment and building needs. Most grants are in the $1,000 to $25,000 range. Larger grants have been made on occasion.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.


  • 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. 
  • Geographic Location
    • 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
    • Maintenance expenses
    • Medical or scholarly research
    • Membership fees
    • 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 our educational scholarships
    • Political projects.
  • Before submitting a grant, the following should be considered:
    • The CFA does not award more than one proposal to an organization from the Discretionary Grant Cycles within a twelve-month period.
    • 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.

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