Apply for the Community & Visitor Development Grant Program or the Hearts for the ARTS program here.

Evaluation form for the Community & Visitor Development Grant Program or the HeARTS for the ARTS program can be found here.

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council was established in 1977 as a division of the Chamber of Commerce to support and foster the growth of the arts and humanities in the Abilene area. One of the Council’s primary functions is to distribute public funds to qualifying non-profit organizations.

The Cultural Affairs Council has two separate grant programs: the HeARTS for the ARTS Grants Program and the Community & Visitor Development Grants Program. Grants from the CVD Grants Program are for organizational support for established arts groups and for events that promote cultural tourism. Grants from the HeARTS for the ARTS program are for multi-cultural, community oriented, and arts-in-education programs. Organizations may submit applications to both programs as long as they are for different projects.

Grant Eligibility Requirements: Any non-profit, tax-exempt organization, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, or public and tax-supported organization (including colleges and universities), may apply. Proof of the organization’s tax-exempt status must accompany all applications.

Organizations which are not tax-exempt may apply for a grant under the umbrella of an exempt non-profit organization or government agency. Umbrella applications require a signed agreement between the applicant and the sponsoring umbrella group. This agreement must contain a clause which holds the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council harmless for any liabilities incurred by either the applicant or the umbrella organization. Written approval of the Board of the umbrella organization must accompany the application. Umbrella organizations must be tax-exempt as defined by the Internal Revenue Code.


The annual deadline to submit Community & Visitor Development or Hearts for the Arts grant applications is June 1st. The 2020 deadline will be 5 p.m Monday, June 1.

Applications may be hand-delivered or mailed to the T& P Depot, 1101 North 1st Street, Abilene, Texas 79601. Our office is located on the corner of North 1st and Cypress Street, south of The Grace Museum. The office is open 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.


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Questions? Please contact Hollye Jaklewicz, Grants Administrator, by calling 677-1161 or emailing