Monroe County Community Foundation

Phyllis Stinson, Executive Director
P. O. Box 67
Clarendon, AR 72029

Monroe County Community Foundation was established in 2000 and has been making a difference for nonprofits in Monroe County since that time.  We are focused on the small rural communities in our area and continue to make a significant impact through the grants we make to those areas.  We welcome new donors to our existing endowments and would be happy to assist in any way possible to help create a new endowment in your name.   Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions.  Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of this important mission.


Local Board Members

  • J. Baxter Sharp, III, Chair
  • Joe Griffith, Vice Chair
  • Raymond Abramson
  • Diane Cunningham
  • Kathy Frein
  • Normal Gilchrest
  • Gail Graves
  • Billie Ostermann
  • John Taylor

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Monroe Counties may apply. Applications are accepted July 10 - August 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 >>

Chrome Books Help Local Kids Prepare for the Future

We continue to focus on education projects in Monroe County.  One of our recent grants was to fund the purchase of an additional Google Chrome Book system (laptop cart and 28 additional Chrome Books) for Clarendon Public Schools.

The teachers have addressed the need for more, as it has revolutionized the textbook and the classroom, leading to more timely and meaningful feedback between the students and teachers.  Another selling point for the Chrome Books is that it all ties into Common Core testing, and all Common Core testing will be computerized, so it prepares the student for that type testing.  

With only about 40 percent of our students having computer or internet access at home, this grant and the purchase of these additional Chrome books will further help these students to prepare for the next level, whether it be college or the workplace.


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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