Community Foundation of Faulkner County

Gloria Cheshier, Executive Director
1301 N. Museum Road
Conway, AR 72032
Check us out on Facebook!

Founded in 2001, Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County serves the communities of Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Vilonia and the surrounding areas located within Faulkner County.  During our 15 years of service, we have returned to the community over $2.2 million in grants.  

 It is inspiring to see how individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups, each with their own charitable vision, come together to build a better Arkansas.  Recognizing a need in the community and believing that positive change is possible, our donors work to improve our neighborhoods, towns and county by creating funds with Arkansas Community Foundation.  It is our goal to make this a simple process, repeated over and over again in Faulkner County. 

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that help build Faulkner County and enable it to remain the place that our kids will want to raise their kids. Our board members are your neighbors, our funds have been created by hard-working people just like you and through the services available to us through the statewide system, we engage smart giving to support vital causes within our local area.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of our important work.

Local Board Members

  • Jerry Adams
  • Jennifer Bell
  • Amber Bobo
  • Joey Brown
  • Bo Conner
  • Susan DeBoard
  • Heather Edwards
  • Charlotte Green    
  • Don Greenland, Immediate Past Chair
  • Eric Hutchinson
  • Darren Irby
  • Joyce Miller
  • Frank Mitchell
  • Charles Nabholz
  • Shellie O'Quinn
  • Bobby Riggs, Chair
  • Bill Roberts
  • Jeannie Stroth, Vice Chair
  • Bill Tobias
  • Charles Weaver
  • Jennifer Welter


Honored Friend of the Board

  • Ros Smith

Grant Opportunities


The Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County administers a number of scholarships including:

  • The Toad Suck Daze Get Smart Challenge Scholarships for graduating seniors from Faulkner County schools 
  • The Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment was created this year in memory of broadcast journalist Anne Pressly of Little Rock.  Female students from around the state who are planning a career in broadcast journalism are eligible to apply.  
  • The Icy Lee Rainey scholarship was created by the children of Ms. Rainey to honor their mother.  Mothers who are returning to college after being unemployed for two years are eligible to apply. 
    • All scholarship applications are accepted online beginning February 1 of each year. Learn more >> 

Giving Tree Grants

Faulkner County Giving Tree grants are for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Faulkner County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year. Grants typically range from $500 to $3,000. 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. This is the last year for teachers to apply and applications are accepted online July 1 - October 1. Learn more >>

Venture Philanthropy Grants

Our Faulkner County board members also work throughout the year to identify needs in the areas of health and wellness, quality of education, basic needs and community responsibility.  Venture Philanthropy Grants are awarded to area nonprofit agencies for projects which may be small but are considered to have a large impact.   An example is a recent $1000 grant made to an agency serving the homeless population to create a bicycle transportation program to allow their clients easier access to vital services.   Grants range from $100 to $2000 and are available throughout the year.  Inquire by email to


2016 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities event recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with information on how ArkansasGives 2016 affected Faulkner County.   CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY

ArkansasGives 2016: Big Success for Faulkner County Nonprofits

In 2016, a total of 600 Arkansas nonprofits participated in ArkansasGives, a 12-hour online giving event presented by the Arkansas Community Foundation.  $4.1 million was raised through public donations, and $4.6 million awarded including prizes and bonuses.  There were 18,535 total donations.  Thirty-two Faulkner County nonprofits headquartered in Faulkner County participated in ArkansasGives raising $248,863.98.  Topping the list with most donations was Soaring Wings Ranch who increased he total by winning statewide prize money taking second place for most dollars and most donors in the mid-size category along with the most dollars raised by a Human Service Agency.  Faulkner County SPCA also tapped into the prize money winning most dollars raised in the Animal Welfare category and most dollars for a small nonprofit during the "power hour".



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. 


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

Giving Locally


Phone: (501) 372-1116
Fax: (501) 372-1166
Email Us


1400 West Markham
Suite 206
Little Rock, AR 72201

Email Updates