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.

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

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.

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