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Conway County Community Foundation

John Gibson, Executive Director 
P.O. Box 397
Morrilton, AR 72110
501-977-3743
conwaycounty@arcf.org

 

Founded in 1999, Conway County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation.  We offer opportunities for nonprofits, corporations, families and individuals to protect and invest their charitable dollars in the people and the causes they care about in Conway County.  Our mission is to engage people, connect resources, and inspire solutions. Help Conway County to continue to be the kind of place where our children will want to raise their children.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of our mission.

Local Board Members

  • Jeff Croswell, Youth Advisory Council (YAC) advisor  
  • John Payne 
  • Kristi Strain 
  • Donna Horita 
  • JT Roberson, Chair
  • Billy Joe Canady 
  • Dr. Carlene Canady
  • Cody Hill

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes, ranging from $500 to $2,500 in amount. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Conway 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 >>

 

Conway County Legal Beverage Association

Grant applications must be hand-delivered or postmarked no later than May 1, 2017. 


Who’s Eligible
  • 501 C-3 organizations or public institutions such as public schools, libraries and local government agencies 
Grant Funding Range
  • Grants range from $1000 to $25,000 

  • $50,000 is available for granting this year 

Where We’re Currently Making Grants
Grants generally go to organizations which provide a valuable service in the community. We like projects that serve a large number of people and try to fund projects throughout the county. We like projects that leverage funds from other sources and we tend to deny grants to organizations which receive public funds for the same type of activity. 

What We’re Looking For

For the past twenty-one years, the Conway County Legal Beverage Association has provided $50,000-$100,000 annually to the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund projects benefiting the citizens of Conway County. Grants have been made for a wide variety of charitable activities to a wide array of groups. Because of policies the Internal Revenue Service now requires of these type of funds, only go to 501 C-3 organizations or public institutions such as public schools, libraries and local government agencies.

This means that if your organization lacks a letter from the IRS stating that you have 501 C-3 status and you are not a public agency, you will be ineligible for funding beginning in 2010. This means that 501 C-4 organizations are not eligible. Some organizations have incorporated as nonprofits with the Arkansas Secretary of State but do not have 501 C-3 status from the IRS and therefore will not be eligible for grants. Individuals are not eligible for grants. Scholarships designated to individuals are sent directly to the college or university, which becomes the legal recipient.

Grants generally go to organizations which provide a valuable service in the community. They favor projects that serve a large number of people and try to fund projects throughout the county. We like projects which leverage funds from other sources. We tend to deny grants to organizations which receive public funds for the same type of activity.

See our Affiliate Offices

Pope County Community Foundation Awards Giving Tree Grants to Twelve Local Nonprofit Organizations

Russellville, Ark. April 24, 2017 – Pope County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced today $19,500.00 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Pope County.

 “Many non-profits applied for the grant money, totaling more than $98,000 in applications.” said Madelyn Ginsberg, executive director of the Pope County affiliate, “Choosing which non-profits will receive the grant funds is always a difficult decision. We have so many deserving non-profits that apply. This year the awards were for general charitable purposes.”

“Our Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own home towns,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families. We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for charitable causes in our communities.”

Grant recipients include:

Age to Age, Inc., Age to Age off site programs

Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, Improved Communications

Augsburg Food Pantry, Food for the Food Pantry

Boys & Girls Clubs of the AR River Valley, Security System

CASA of the 5th Judicial District, Christmas Party for Foster Children

Equestrian Zone – Riding for a Reason, Raise the Roof

No Kill Russellville, Low Cost Spay and Neuter Program

Pottsville Athletic Association, A Field of Angels

Quilts of Valor Foundation, A Second Tour Quilts of Valor

River Valley Food 4 Kids, Fresh and Healthy Summer

River Valley Shelter for Battered Women & Children, Fresh and Healthy Summer

Royal Family Kids Camp of Pope County, Camp for Foster Children of Pope County

Pope County Community Foundation makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2018. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at www.arcf.org.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

Our affiliate offices work locally in every corner of Arkansas. Find the affiliate near you.

Giving Locally

Contact

Phone: (501) 372-1116
Fax: (501) 372-1166
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Location

1400 West Markham
Suite 206
Little Rock, AR 72201
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