Thank you for considering these projects for the 2019 Fall Discretionary Grant Cycle! Please contact Michelle Parrish (325-676-3883 or mparrish@cfabilene.org) with any questions or to learn more about specific requests.

Grant Requests

Arts and Culture

  Abilene Philharmonic Association
Symphonic Photo-choreography at Discover Music Children's Concert
As one of the oldest arts organizations in Abilene, the Abilene Philharmonic Association (APA) provides entertainment and education to our community as the artistic leader in the presentation of music. This funding request will support the creation and distribution of music curriculum for approximately 6,500 3rd-5th grade students. The lessons follow a 6-week class schedule and culminate in a live Philharmonic performance, offering a special concert many students would not otherwise experience. This year's special show, "Texas Cowboys at the Philharmonic," will focus on the melodies that shaped the Wild West and includes photo-choreography set to the performance.
Requested
4,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Abilene Zoological Society
Rhino Exhibit Enhancements
The Abilene Zoo has spent the last decade upgrading and modernizing facilities to maintain the standards of a progressive zoo. The Abilene Zoo is home to "Macho": a Southern Black Rhino, and one of only 30 animals of his kind in the United States. He is incredibly important to his species, and the Abilene Zoo is seeking funds to improve his space. The rhino exhibit, built in the 1960s, needs additional shade structures and naturalistic exhibit furniture. This grant will also provide a new irrigation system (designed to withstand a 6,000 lb. animal) in addition to the exhibit enhancements.
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
4,000.00
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  Natl. Ctr for Childrens Illus. Literature
Exhibition Support
The NCCIL is dedicated to exhibiting, touring, collecting, preserving and promoting the finest illustrations from children's literature. Exhibitions are enjoyed by over 20,000 visitors annually in the Abilene area and over 300,000 people all over the world. The NCCIL gallery offers free admission and free weekly programming year round, creating free fine art experiences for all. In addition, close to 4,000 elementary students participate in free school tours. Grant funds will support exhibition expenses, including transporting art, archival framing, artist honorariums, and supply purchases.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Paramount Theatre
Director for "Disney's Frozen, Jr."
The Historic Paramount Theatre is a 1,187 seat movie palace, first opening in May 1930. Renovated and restored in 1987, the Paramount features approximately 24 films per year, offering two musicals (adult and junior), a Fall play, and the 24fps International Short Film Festival. The theatre is also the performing home to many area arts organizations including the Abilene Ballet Theatre, the Children's Performing Arts Series, and the Abilene Opera Association. This grant will support the director's expenses for the 2020 Junior Musical (Disney's Frozen, Jr.).
Requested
1,500.00
Funded
0.00
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  The Grace Museum
Arts Outreach
The Arts Outreach program is a collaboration between The Grace Museum, Abilene ISD, and Wylie ISD to provide art lessons to schools in Taylor County. The program began in 2002 to bring art instruction to eleven Title 1 schools that did not have dedicated curriculum, and has since evolved into a teaching partnership. AISD has added Art Aids to assist the Grace Education Director on several elementary campuses. This program offers the only dedicated art instruction for AISD and WISD elementary students. Throughout the school year, more than 4,200 children in 208 classrooms will receive art instruction through the Arts Outreach program.
Requested
7,500.00
Funded
0.00
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  Young Audiences
Program support for School Performance Assemblies
Young Audiences is an arts-in-education program, with a mission to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts. Elementary students experience assembly presentations featuring professional musicians, dancers, singers and actors. Over 17,000 local students will experience a dynamic and engaging performance in the 2019-2020 school year. This funding request will enable professional acting companies and teaching artists to travel to Abilene for campus performances and workshops with local children.
Requested
4,000.00
Funded
1,000.00
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Children and Youth

  Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star
Defenders of Potential
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star (BBBS) is an agency committed to providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. Research has proven that these programs help at-risk youth achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships while also avoiding risky behaviors and achieving educational success. Requested funds will support program expenses.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Day Nursery of Abilene
Small Capital/Vehicle addition
DNA has partnered with Hendrick Medical Center and Hardin-Simmons University to create a new location serving north Abilene. The former College Heights Elementary school will be renovated to offer quality childcare for Hendrick and HSU employees, as well as other local families. The 4th campus will increase DNA's capacity from 500 total children to 650. With the addition of a new campus, DNA is in need of another vehicle to serve the campus's needs, including transporting children after-school. Funds will purchase a van for the 4th and newest DNA location.
Requested
50,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Young Life of Abilene
Latino Staff Person Support
Young Life (YL) is a nondenominational ministry working directly with adolescents. With 3 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff, and 60+ volunteers, YL served 500 local students during the 2018-2019 school year. YL activities include weekly gatherings, sporting events, committee meetings, and time spent on local school campuses. Grant funds will enable the organization to hire an additional staff member, specifically recruited to increase the number of non-white participants. This request also represents a matching grant opportunity for YL.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Community Development

  Abilene Crime Stoppers, Inc.
Operational Support
Abilene Crime Stoppers (ACS) collaborates with local law enforcement and media to solve crimes in the Abilene and Taylor County communities. By utilizing an anonymous tip line to report criminal activity, and by offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of criminals, ACS provides citizens with the safety and security needed to speak out. This program offers tangible results to unsolved crime. Grant funds will support the general operations of the organization.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Abilene Heritage Square
Abilene Heritage Square Capital Campaign
Efforts are underway to restore and revitalize the former Abilene High and Lincoln Middle School campus, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When completed, Abilene Heritage Square will encompass a variety of uses bringing the community together. The complex will include a state-of-the-art public library, exhibition space for exhibits, meeting rooms, special event spaces for both private and public use, a 700-seat auditorium, and a coffee shop. The complex will also include classroom space for an after school academy program where teens will learn the principles of civic service and free-market economics. One portion of the complex will serve as a satellite location of the Grace Museum, and the outdoor space will be developed into festival grounds.
Requested
50,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  I-CAN
I-CAN improvement Project
Interested Citizens of Abilene North (I-CAN) is an important anchor in the Carver and Stephenson neighborhoods of north Abilene. The organization provides support services, training opportunities, cultural awareness, and civic engagement for neighborhood members. This request will fund roof repairs to the Butler House (I-CAN's home) and support 2 youth activities for 150 children (Back-to-School Supply Drive/Pizza Party and a Harvest Fest around Halloween) for 2020.
Requested
13,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Taylor County Sheriff's Office
Body Armor for "First Line" Officers
Current body armor issued to officers requires a separate application of "rifle-fire resistant" plates to the front and back of the vest. These plates are too heavy to be worn all the time, so officers have to judge when a critical incident might occur, and add the plates accordingly. The TCSO recently received a federal grant to purchase 22 new "Angel Armor" vests that offer light-weight ballistic protection. This grant will provide funding to purchase 15 additional vests, fully protecting the County's "first line" officers.
Requested
26,910.00
Funded
0.00
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Education

  Abilene Christian Univ. - Engineering and Physics Dept.
STEM for Girls
ACU and AISD have collaborated to create the STEM for Girls program. This day camp brings together local middle school girls with ACU and ATEMS faculty members in order to explore career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program consists of girls rotating in small groups through a series of hands-on activities that allow them to engage in a variety of STEM fields. Throughout the event, the participants have the opportunity to interact with female professors and university students in small groups. The program's popularity grows, and each year, there is a waiting list for girls eager to participate. Grant funds will allow 90 girls to participate.
Requested
3,025.00
Funded
0.00
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  Abilene Public Library
Teen Technology Lab to develop STEM skills
The APL began offering STEM programs and basic coding classes in 2018, with the intent of developing local teens' interests and skills for 21st century job market. Teen-focused robotics, engineering, and coding are currently offered at the APL. As the gap between those who have technology access and those who do not widens in society, the APL is committed to being a resource for everyone. Teen participation continues to grow and new technology/equipment is required to meet demand. This grant will purchase various robotic, electronic, and virtual reality kits, which will travel between the three APL locations.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
1,000.00
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  Hardin-Simmons Office of Development
Teaching and Learning Social Skills for Autistic Children
Hardin-Simmons University (Educational Studies Dept.) is developing an innovative social skills training program (utilizing basic applied behavior analytic strategies) to serve Abilene children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The ASD students (ages 5-22) will meet for 18 weeks in 2-hour sessions to learn and develop social skills. Parents will be engaged in monthly classes tailored for their needs. Trained HSU students will facilitate the classes, under the instruction of a board-certified behavior analyst. This type of skills training is not otherwise available for ASD students in Abilene. The program will seek to serve uninsured/Medicaid families first. This grant will support curriculum development and purchase class supplies.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
4,000.00
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Health

  Abilene Recovery Council (ARCADA)
"Labor of Love" Intervention Program
"Labor of Love" is a pregnant and postpartum intervention program offered for women (adults and teens) who have significant risk factors which may prevent them from caring for their unborn child. These risk factors include teen pregnancy, use of alcohol and/or drugs, domestic violence, mental health problems, history of sexual, emotional or physical abuse, insufficient or no prenatal care, and financial distress. The program's goal is to increase the number of women who carry their babies to full-term by providing them with counseling, education, and appropriate referrals to medical care, so they can make healthier decisions.
Requested
7,671.00
Funded
0.00
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  Joseph Thomas Foundation
Medical equipment, supplies, & services for medically fragile children
The Joseph Thomas Foundation (JTF) is a local nonprofit providing funding to families in need with medically fragile children. Due to the intense level of need, many families struggle to obtain necessary items that are not covered by insurance plans. JTF offers assistance with therapeutic items, weighted vests, cranial helmets, vehicle lifts, wheelchairs, prescription co-pays, travel expenses to visit doctors, and more. Grant funds will support the needs of medically fragile children in the Abilene area.
Requested
6,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Leukemia Texas
Patient Aid Program
Leukemia Texas offers the Patient Aid Program to directly support the cost of leukemia patients' medical needs and other vital needs not covered through healthcare. Funds are given towards out-of-pocket medical expenses, transportation to/from medical appointments, housing expenses, medications not covered by insurance or that have a high copay, home care, nutritious foods, psychosocial support, and a variety of other essential needs that are equally important for a positive treatment outcome. This grant will support 20 patients in Taylor County facing a Leukemia diagnosis.
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
17,500.00
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  Presbyterian Medical Care Mission
Support for Medical Clinic Services
The Presbyterian Medical Care Mission (PMCM) assists the under-served in our community by providing primary health and dental services to individuals who otherwise may not have access to care. Access to care is often delayed or denied to this under-served population due to the absence of health insurance and/or the financial resources to pay for services. As a result of postponing much needed care, many health conditions go undetected and untreated, complications develop and, ultimately, care is sought in the local emergency room. By providing consistent access and a primary care physician at an affordable cost, many health complications that may result in an emergency room visit or hospital admission, are minimized.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Strength for Life Foundation
Cancer Rehabilitation
The Strength For Life Foundation has developed an advanced exercise program for cancer patients, designed to meet their unique health needs. Trainers work with patients to develop individualized exercise plans, and then monitor the progress and health of each client. All services are offered at no cost to the participant. The organization has grown significantly since opening in 2018, with projections of serving 150 individuals in 2019. Funds will support the hiring of a part-time certified personal trainer to serve local cancer patients.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
0.00
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Human Services

  Abilene Hope Haven
Bridge 2 Home Program
Abilene Hope Haven (AHH) has a mission to provide hope for those experiencing homelessness in our community. Since 1994, almost 2300 people have been successfully housed through AHH's programs. The Bridge 2 Home program provides emergency/temporary housing (1-90 days) and supportive services for individuals and families. Several other nonprofits collaborate with Bridge 2 Home, creating a new approach to fighting homelessness in Abilene. Currently, AHH is the only provider of this type of shelter program in Abilene.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Adult Protective Services Partners, Inc.
Safety and independence of elderly and disabled of Taylor County
Adult Protective Services (APS) protects older adults and persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. APS investigates claims and provides services necessary to alleviate or prevent further maltreatment. Many of the adults who have been abused, neglected, or exploited do not have personal or family resources to meet even their basic needs. APS Partners is a volunteer group that works closely with APS to help those in need. APS Partners is requesting a grant to fund emergency assistance for clients and for supplies for their Bridge Room, which includes food, cleaning supplies, medical equipment, and other necessary items.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Big Country Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc.
A CASA for Every Child
Big Country CASA advocates for the best interest of neglected and abused children in the court system through trained community volunteers. The goal of a CASA volunteer is to advocate for children that are in the care of CPS, so that the children can be safe, establish permanency and have the opportunity to thrive. Big Country CASA seeks to recruit and train volunteer child advocates to keep pace with the explosive growth in CPS emergency child removals in Taylor County. Funding will support expenses related to recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers.
Requested
22,300.00
Funded
2,500.00
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  Camp Able
Skid Steer for Camp Able
Camp Able is an equine therapy and horse rescue organization, based in Buffalo Gap. They provide therapeutic riding instruction and skills-based training to people with special needs, including individuals diagnosed with autism, stroke, emotional disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, post-traumatic stress and many other conditions. Camp Able also remains as the only local horse rescue organization, often taking animals directly from the City of Abilene and other local jurisdictions. Camp Able recently expanded to 83 acres, which will eventually house a covered arena. The organization is in need of a skid steer loader with attachments (smooth bucket, hay spear, and hydraulic auger) to assist in caring for their 50+ horse herd.
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Christian Service Center of Abilene, Inc.
Standing in the Gap - Rental Assistance
The Christian Service Center has been providing for the physical and spiritual needs of those who enter its doors since 1966. The Center provides food, clothing, household items, and other necessities along with referrals to other community resources to clients who come to them for assistance. The Standing in the Gap Program makes it possible for the Center to assist low-income individuals with rent and utilities, gas vouchers, bus passes and prescriptions. This request will be utilized as rental assistance only, offering recipients up to $500 (one time per year), in exchange for their attendance in a 3-week financial planning and budgeting class.
Requested
20,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Food Bank of West Central Texas
Backpacks for Kids Child Hunger Program
The FBWCT serves children facing hunger in Abilene through the Backpacks for Kids program. While these children have access to breakfast and lunch at school during the week, they often face weekends without food in their homes. This program provides a backpack of food that kids take home on Friday afternoons, giving them access to nutritious, child-friendly meals for the weekend. This grant will support students from two AISD campuses currently enrolled in the program: Long Early Learning Center and Jackson Elementary.
Requested
15,000.00
Funded
500.00
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  Harmony Family Services, Inc.
Emergency Shelter Bed
Harmony Family Service's thirteen bed emergency shelter has been in operation since 1991, and is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Last year, 56 children and youth resided in Harmony's emergency shelter, with an average stay of 34 days per child. The agency provides programs for children and youth, ages 5-17; foster care services for abused and neglected children; emergency shelter care for abused and neglected children; and shelter care and counseling services for runaway and homeless youth. The funds requested will help support shelter care and services for homeless youth.
Requested
10,500.00
Funded
0.00
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  New Beginnings Big Country
InnerCreations
New Beginnings provides transitional housing for women exiting prison, serving over 700 women since 2010. They offer faith-based programming to help women re-establish their lives with a strong spiritual foundation. The organization is completely volunteer led and has a growing network of local supporters. In 2016, the organization opened a social enterprise re-sale boutique, called InnerCreations. The boutique is integral to the overall mission, as it provides employment, job skills, a positive peer environment, and much more, for women exiting incarceration. This request will support the organization's first salaried position ($21,000) and operations of the boutique ($25,404).
Requested
46,404.00
Funded
1,500.00
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  New Horizons Ranch and Center, Inc.
Therapy for Children in Foster Care at Audrey Grace House
The Audrey Grace House is a community based residential treatment center, providing therapy to abused children that have been removed from their families by Child Protective Services. Children at the Audrey Grace House are classified on the highest service levels the State assigns to foster children, "Specialized and Intensive." These children are emotionally beaten down, angry, and their spirits are broken. The 6,400 square foot home provides residential treatment focused on the individual needs of each child. Grant funds will support therapy costs for children residing at the Audrey Grace House.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  Special Olympics Texas - Big Country
Support for programming in Abilene
Abilene Special Olympics has a mission to provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other athletes and the community. Last year, Special Olympics served over 1,200 intellectually disabled athletes in the Abilene area. Grant funds will support Abilene programs and events in 2020.
Requested
8,500.00
Funded
0.00
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  St. Mark's Baby Room
Items for newborns to toddlers
St. Mark's Baby Room is an outreach ministry that was established in 2008 to meet the needs of families in Abilene with young children (ages newborn to 3 years) who need help with diapers, clothing, formula, car seats, cribs and strollers. Approximately 120-140 families are served each month. St. Mark's is requesting funds to restock the room with these essential items so that they continue to meet the needs of families with young children in our community.
Requested
13,800.00
Funded
0.00
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  Texas Ramp Project
Free Wheelchair Ramps for the Disabled and Elderly
The Texas Ramp Project (TRP) has chapters across Texas building wheelchair ramps for those in need. TRP provides the materials and utilizes volunteers for the labor, resulting in no expenses for the elderly or disabled recipient. Referrals come from the Area Agency on Aging, Adult Protective Services, the Dept. of Aging and Disability Services, and other organizations. Last year, 37 ramps were built in Taylor County. Grant funding will help the Abilene Ramp Project meet its goal of building 70 ramps in Taylor County in 2020.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
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  United Methodist Service Center and Food Pantries
Financial assistance for the elderly and disabled
The United Methodist Service Center and Food Pantries has been a part of the Abilene community for over 60 years. The Service Center provides crisis intervention to families and individuals, and will award up to $75 per family annually for utilities, prescriptions, or transportation assistance. Each person is assessed and referred for additional counseling, as needed. Assistance payments are made directly to utility companies, pharmacies, or other vendors. A grant will help to serve those in need in our community.
Requested
24,000.00
Funded
524.00
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  Work Again West Texas
Program Sustainability
Work Again West Texas (WAWT) offers part-time jobs and vocational training for neighbors experiencing homelessness in Abilene. Program participants work (2) 4 hour shifts per week picking up trash and cleaning outdoor areas of town (locations are prioritized and selected by the City of Abilene). After cleaning areas outdoors, they are transported to the Goodwill Career Center where they access job counseling and other resources. The program helps participants transition into traditional employment, which is often a barrier for those experiencing homelessness. Since launching in April 2019, 11 participants have enrolled, and 5 of those have exited to full time employment in the community. This grant will support program operations.
Requested
25,000.00
Funded
2,000.00
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