Cross County Community Foundation

Jennifer McCracken, Executive Director
East Central Regional Library
Wynne/Cross County Library Branch
410 East Merriman Ave.
P.O. Box 62 Wynne, AR 72396


Cross County Community Foundation is an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, with concentration in Cross County. With an active, involved board of local leaders, we are working to establish endowment funds, build assets and award grants to help meet community needs. 

Local Board Members

  • Bradford Caldwell, chair
  • Darlene Andrews
  • Dr. Trent Beaton
  • Lora Brawner
  • Kevin Duke
  • George Anne Draper
  • Justin Futrell
  • Andrea Gentry, YAC Advisor
  • Vince Guest
  • Curtis Hagler
  • Amy Hood
  • Jim Huff
  • Stacie Schlenker
  • Joy Shepherd
  • J. Harmon Smith

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Cross County may apply. Applications are accepted twice a year, from January 10 - February 15 and from July 10 - August 15. Learn more >>

Youth Advisory Council Grants

Grants are selected by a committee of local teens, their advisor, and local board members; proposed grant projects should serve children and youth in Cross County. Grant range - $100 to $1000. Apply between February 1 and March 1. Download the application here and mail it to Cross County YAC at P.O. Box 62, Wynne, AR 72396. 

Cross County Youth Advisory Council 

Cross County has an active YAC with approximately 15 members in grades 8-12. YAC members raise money for their own endowment and accept grant proposals twice a year in February and August. YAC members themselves decide which local nonprofits to support with grants. Contact to learn more and learn more about the YAC program here >>.



Recent Cross County Grants

  • This last summer we supported 7 local youth to attend one of Parkin Archaeological State Park's summer camps.  
  • Our affiliate also supported the community-wide Back to School Bash on Aug. 2 in Wynne.  School supplies were purchased for 450 local students in K-5th grade. The total amount spent on supplies was over $6,000, funded partly from a grant from the Cross County Community Foundation. All supplies at this event were FREE!  The local nonprofits who participated in this event  helped to serve 490 hot dogs, 700 bags of cotton candy, 670 snow cones, over 900 bags of popcorn, 30 gallons of Kool Aid and 19 cases of bottled water! The children enjoyed a safe, fun environment with bounce houses, rides, face painting, etc., while receiving their school supplies.
  • Cross County also supports several local food pantries, including the Cherry Valley Food Pantry and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas. All help to promote healthy families in our area.


Arkansas Hunters Feed the Hungry/Garland & Montgomery Counties
Arkansas Prostate Cancer Screening/Garland County
Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club
Cooper-Anthony Child Abuse Center
Cooperative Christian Ministries Clinic
Economics Arkansas/Garland County Conference
Garland County Habitat for Humanity
Garland County Historical Society
Hot Springs Jazz Society/Jazz Fest 2017
Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild/Children's Concert 2017
Imagination Library for Garland County
Jackson House Crisis Center
Levi Hospital
Literacy Council of Garland County
Mid-America Museum
Montgomery County Performing Arts Project
Montgomery County Single Parent Scholarship
Norman Historic Preservation Project
Ouachita Counseling Services
Ozark Mission Project/Garland County
Project Hope Food Bank
Garland County Single Parent Scholarship
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts Foundation
Visitor's Chapel of the AME Church Food Pantry
Hot Springs Family YMCA
Youth Advisory Council
Hot Springs Future Fund


YAC meets to award grants for 2017. Last year they awarded $10,600 to 9 agencies that serve children and youth in Garland County. 


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Fax: (501) 372-1166
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Little Rock, AR 72201

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