Cleburne County Community Foundation

Kathy Phillips, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1414
1519B West Main
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501-362-1701 • 501-270-2204


Founded in 2004, Cleburne County Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in Cleburne County and partners with individuals, families and corporations to build our community through philanthropy. Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that build community. You can help Cleburne County remain the kind of place where our kids will want to raise their kids. Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of this important mission.

Local Board Members

  • Ed Lacy
  • Cindy Davis
  • Leonard Crane 
  • Steve Lawrence 
  • Diane Robbins, Chair
  • Arnie Bull 
  • Bryan Tilley 
  • Brenda Hill
  • Rena Kelley 
  • Netta Thomas
  • Jim Adams
  • Doug Murray

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Cleburne County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year. Learn more >>

Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) Grants

Our SIMS program provides $500 awards to public middle school science teachers (grades 5-8) to purchase consumable science materials. Applications are accepted July 1 - October 1. Learn more >>

Cleburne County Community Foundation announces the awarding of more than $20,000 in grants to local nonprofits

 2015 Grant Award Recipients

The Cleburne County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced $20,200 in grants for nonprofits in Cleburne County. The grants, made possible by the Community Foundation’s Giving Tree Fund and the Dr. Bill and Jo Ann Wells Christian Health Center Endowment, were presented at an awards dinner held at the Red Apple Inn.

The awards dinner, attended by more than 100 people from all over the county, also gave opportunity to thank patrons, board members and other community leaders for their support of charitable causes in the county.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • The Arkansas Dream Center. The Arkansas Dream Center will use the funding received to purchase computer equipment for the new adult education center, and a separate grant will fund the installation of a walk-in freezer for the food pantry.
  • Cleburne County Single Parent Scholarship Fund.  The funding received will provide for scholarships to low income single parents in Cleburne county.
  • Cleburne County Coalition. The funding received will be used toward the purchase of prescription lock boxes for those people who have teenagers or other at-risk adults in their homes. The goal is to address the issue of prescription drug abuse.
  • Freedom Way.  The funding received by Freedom Way will assist with the purchase of a washer and dryer for their residential program.
  • Margie’s Haven House. Funding from the grant for Margie’s Haven House will be used to purchase furnishings for the childcare area of the shelter.
  • The CALL in Cleburne County. The CALL will use the grant money received to assist in the immediate intake needs of foster children in Cleburne County.
  • Opal’s House. Opal’s House will use the funding from their grant to purchase new bedroom furnishings for the shelter, which serves homeless single mothers and women in transition.
  • First Apostolic Church of Concord Food Pantry. The food pantry will use funding from their grant to purchase food from the Arkansas Food Bank. The grant will enable them to double their giving efforts this year.
  • Greers Ferry Lake Trails Council. The trails council will use their grant to support the Garlinghouse Trail, a wildlife trail, and part of the planned 10-mile long trail system connecting west Heber Springs to the Sugarloaf Mountain Trails near ASU Heber Springs.
  • Arkansas Rice Depot. The funding received by Arkansas Rice Depot will specifically benefit the Food for Kids program which serves children in all five school districts in Cleburne County.
  • Breakin’ Bread Soup Kitchen. Breakin’ Bread will use the funding from their grant for the purchase and installation of a new convection oven for the kitchen, which serves approximately 150 people per week.
  • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA). CAPCA’s grant will be used to fund this year’s Holiday Food Box distribution program, serving families all the items they will need to prepare a holiday meal. They hope to serve 200 families this Thanksgiving.
  • Waychoff Senior Center. The senior center will use funding from their grant to purchase a Holinex brand industrial can opener, replacing the manual opener they have used for 35 years.
  • White River Area Agency on Aging. Funding from their grant will be used to meet the emergency needs of WRAAA clients, such as utility assistance, or the replacement of necessities.

In addition to the Giving Tree and Christian Health Center grants that were presented, the Heber Springs Future Fund, which operates under the umbrella of the Cleburne County Community Foundation, presented grants to Opal’s House and the Arkansas Dream Center toward the funding of their projects, and a separate presentation was made to the Cleburne County Library, which will go toward the funding of the Summer Reading Program during June and July this year.

The Cleburne County Community Foundation makes grants through the Giving Tree Program  annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2016.


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