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 2014, the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council began requiring that all grants applicants complete a CDP annually through the Cultural Data Project’s (now DataArts) website ( and submit a Funder Report, in addition to completing a standard ACAC grant application. We believe this partnership will benefit our grants applicants by offering access to a sophisticated online program designed to serve arts-related nonprofits. The CDP program will organize and analyze your organization’s financial and programmatic data and offers 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 CDP Data Profile for the first time. Contact Hollye Jaklewicz at or call 325-677-1161 to schedule a webinar.


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.




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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