Grants & Assistance

The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council has two separate grant programs: the HeARTS for the ARTS grants program and the Community & Visitor Development Grants program. In general, 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.


In 2014, the ACAC introduced an exciting new component of our grants process: the DataArts’ organizational Cultural Data Profiles (CDP). DataArts (formerly known as the Cultural Data Project) is a respected national nonprofit that collects standardized organizational data to strengthen the arts and culture sector. The CDP is partnering with foundations, cultural organizations, and researchers and advocates throughout Texas to gather and disseminate reliable, longitudinal data on the arts and cultural sector. 

In addition to completing the ACAC grant application, grant applicants are asked to complete a Cultural Data Profile through the DataArts website at and submit a Funder Report. The DataArts login page can be found here. You can find the instructions on how to generate a Funder Report here.
We believe this partnership will benefit our grants applicants by offering access to a sophisticated online program designed to serve arts-related nonprofits. The DataArts CDP program will organize and analyze your organization’s financial and programmatic data and offer you a variety of tools and educational features, including reports that allow you to compare your organization with others similar to yours across the country.
An online webinar is available to assist those organizations who wish to complete a DataArts Data Profile for the first time. Register for a DataArts orientation webinar at You can also watch a recorded orientation webinar here:


A note about changes affecting your Funder Report from


DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project)


In 2016, the Cultural Data Project was reorganized and rebranded, and is now called DataArts. The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council is pleased to include DataArts’ Cultural Data Profile CDP) in our grants program. The primary objective of the organization continues to be bringing the language and advantage of data to the business of culture. The CDP is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making.

The new DataArts platform and the redesigned Cultural Data Profile (still referred to as “the CDP”) launched last year. One of the major changes you will see on the new DataArts platform is an updated version of the CDP. Informed by focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and over a thousand comments from our nonprofit and participating grant maker user base, the new Data Profile has been designed to meet the needs of our diverse constituents.

Improved Data Entry
Data entry is no one’s favorite task, so DataArts has made some changes to simplify the Data Profile that directly address areas that have been particularly challenging for our users. From a shorter expense section to a single column balance sheet for unaudited organizations, everyone will benefit from the streamlined Data Profile. Read more about what has been improved in the CDP by visiting the DataArts webpage at

New, More Relevant Questions
No more struggling to respond to questions that do not quite reflect your organization’s activities.  In the new CDP, you will see program activity questions that have been tailored to the work your organization undertakes, written in the language that you use and understand. 

The arts and cultural sector is continuously changing, and so is the data that tells its story. A few new sections have been added to the profile in order to reflect the way arts and cultural organizations work today. Many of these new sections are optional, which means you decide which information is most important to share with grant makers or other audiences as you seek to paint a complete picture of your organization’s finances and activities. Read more about changes made to the data profile by visiting the DataArts webpage at

Your Historical Data
All the Data Profiles you’ve completed over the years won’t be left behind. Historical data will be mapped to the new CDP, and you can use it to analyze and communicate trends for your organization moving forward. We have made changes to the CDP but your data is still here—safe and secure.
Here’s what you can expect going forward:

  • Historic data. DataArts has mapped your historic data submissions to align with our new system. Learn more about how your previous Data Profiles will migrate to the new CDP.
  • Security. Your data has been safely and securely mapped and migrated to the new CDP. When you claim your account, your completed profiles will be there and you begin a new one immediately.

As always, DataArts Support Center will be just a chat, email, or call away. For assistance email or call 877-707-DATA.

DataArts provides informative training sessions and resources for organizations on how to participate, as well as a Support Center to answer any questions. If you are new to creating a DataArts Cultural Data Profile, you are strongly encouraged to register for an online or in-person orientation session and review the DataArts Training and Resources page. 

Register for a DataArts orientation webinar: 
You can also watch a recorded orientation webinar here:
Check out additional online resources:
Please direct questions concerning DataArts and your Cultural Data Profile to:

DataArts Support Center
Hours: M-F 9am to 8pm ET
Phone: 877-707-DATA (877-707-3282)



Community & Visitor Development Grant Program   HeARTS for the ARTS program


The annual deadline to submit Community & Visitor Development or Hearts for the Arts grant applications is June 1st. The 2016 deadline will be 5 p.m Wednesday, 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. and is closed for lunch from 12 to 1 p.m.




We recommend right clicking on the PDF links below and click "Save Link As..." or "Save Target As..." to save the PDF to your desktop. You MUST have Adobe Acrobat (Reader or Pro) installed to fill out the PDF grant applications. Windows 10 users will be unable to fill out a PDF correctly in the new Microsoft Edge internet browser.


Please confirm you have Adobe Acrobat (Reader or Pro) installed prior to downloading the PDF forms. Click here to install Adobe Acrobat Reader. Visit our internet browser page for specific steps in opening a PDF in Adobe Acrobat (Reader or Pro).


Adobe Acrobat Pro is required for certain advanced features, such as the ability to save a form in-progress or a completed electronic file for your own records.




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