Nonprofits in Sharp County can go to www.arcf.org beginning Jan. 1 to obtain grant applications for statewide and local Giving Tree grants available through Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF). Applications for both grant programs are due February 15, and recipients will be announced no later than April 30.
"We believe the best way to create positive change in Arkansas is by working locally," said ARCF President and CEO Heather Larkin. "Through our Giving Tree Endowments, we're able to offer grants not only to programs that have the potential to impact the entire state but also to projects that focus on a specific local need."
Local Giving Tree Grants
Projects with a local focus are eligible for Giving Tree grants through Sharp County Community Foundation, Arkansas Community Foundation's local affiliate office serving Sharp County. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Sharp County is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for the public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals.
"Our local Giving Tree grants will generally range from $1,000 to $1,500," said Martin Carpenter, president of the Sharp County Community Foundation board. "Our commitment is to help as many local nonprofits as possible."
Applications for local Giving Tree grants will be reviewed by a grantmaking committee from Sharp County.
Arkansas Community Foundation is also accepting proposals for Giving Tree grants at the statewide level. Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply.
Projects must be focused on improving the health and nutrition of Arkansas's children and must have a statewide impact or be replicable in other areas of the state. Proposals that are specifically limited to the ultimate benefit of one geographic area of the state are not eligible. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on capacity building, that advocate rethinking current approaches to childhood health and nutrition or that could result in public policy change in this emphasis area.
Statewide Giving Tree grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000 and will be reviewed by a committee from ARCF's board of directors.
Detailed submission guidelines, applications and contact information for statewide and local Giving Tree grants are available at www.arcf.org.
Arkansas Community Foundation has the capacity to engage communities in a thoughtful exploration of critical issues and can help assemble the resources to implement solutions. Arkansas' statewide community foundation has more than $120 million in assets and has provided more than $70 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax deductible.