2019 Coleman County Foundation Grant Award Recipients

Pictured above are: Billy Bledsoe, Laurie Hunter, Darrell Walker, John Pearce, Anthony Smith, Terri Densman, David Martinez and Tim Manley. (Coleman Today Photo)

Thursday evening the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation gathered to present the spring grant awards. Seven grants were awarded with representatives receiving their checks from Michelle Parrish, Grants Director for Community Foundation of Abilene, and Tim Manley. Mark Swening spoke to the "Friends" gathered about the importance of continuing to donate to the CCF, but also the need for getting more members into the Friends of the Coleman County Foundation organization.  The 2019 Grant Recipients and the representatives present Thursday evening are listed below:

  1. Christian Family Ministries ($4,050) - Support for Backpack for Kids Program at CISD Elementary School - Tim Manley
  2. Coleman County Firefighters Association ($3,320) - Funds to purchase a mobile repeater - John Pearce, Coleman County Emergency Management Coordinator
  3. Coleman Police Department ($1,010) - Funds to purchase 10 chargers for use in patrol vehicles for Vista Body Cameras - Police Chief Anthony Smith
  4. Coleman Volunteer Fire Department ($4,000) – Funds to purchase a (4-gas) detector and a calibration station - Fire Chief David Martinez
  5. Novice Volunteer Fire Department (City of Novice as fiscal agent) ($3,700) – Funds to purchase a utility trailer - Darrell Walker
  6. Santa Anna ISD ($920) - Funding to support school library - Laurie Hunter, Santa Anna Secondary Principal.
  7. The Ark Domestic Violence Shelter ($3,000) - Support for a public relations campaign, equipment for Coleman outreach office, and funding for transportation vouchers - Terri Densman, Executive Director of The Ark Shelter. 
  • Total Granted: $20,000.00

President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Abilene Katie Alford thanked the members and award recipients for joining them. She also introduced the hosts of the evening, Susan and Rand Falbaum, and thanked them for allowing the party to be held in their facility. The Falbaum's have owned their land in Coleman County for about 3 years, and are working to make this their permanent residence. The caterer for the event was Josh Tye, Chuck Dragon food truck owner, and his assistant Kylee Willis.

To become a member or to get more information contact the Friends of Coleman County: 

Friends of the Coleman County Foundation

Coleman County Foundation

P.O. Box 700

Coleman, Texas 76834


The Coleman County Foundation was established in 1999 as a vehicle for Coleman County Philanthropy. Policies and decisions for the endowment are made by a Board of seven Coleman County residents, while the administration is handled by an arrangement with the Community Foundation of Abilene, a permanent endowment of over $100 million, with endowment funds designated for diverse purposes across the region.

Friends of the Coleman County Foundation are Coleman County leaders who translate their concern for the future of Coleman County into action by their investment of time, energy and funds into programs and projects that enhance the quality of life we enjoy. They do this by their support of the Coleman County Foundation, the County’s charitable arm that is a conduit for individual and family philanthropy.