Ouachita Valley Community Foundation 

Stephanie Wyatt, Executive Director

308 Washington Street 
Camden, AR 71701 
870-836-6980 (o) • 870-836-6980 (f)

Ouachita Valley Community Foundation became an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation in 1993.  Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions to make our community a great place to live, now and in the future. 

Local Board Members

  • Mark T. Cayce
  • Dr Fred Dietrich
  • Blake Fain
  • Bernie Dickson
  • Jim Murray
  • Paul Lindsey
  • Thomas McGill
  • J. David Reynolds III
  • Colin Sterling
  • Valerie Wilson, 2017 Board Chair

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Ouachita and Calhoun Counties may apply. Applications are accepted July 10 - August 15 each year. Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000 each.  Learn more >>

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants

Grants for programs that target youth needs in Ouachita and Calhoun counties. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Ouachita and Calhoun Counties may apply. Applications are accepted in January 10 - February 15 each year.  Grants typically range from $500 to $1,000.  Learn more >>

Ouachita Valley Supports Camden Fairview's Student Spaceflight Experiments Program

Thanks, in part, to a $5000 Ouachita Valley Giving Tree grant in April 2016, students from the Camden Fairview School District will send an experiment to space to be tested by astronauts on board the International Space Station through the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). This is a first for the state of Arkansas!!!

In addition to the initial grant of $5,000, Ouachita Valley Community Foundation voted in January 2017 to assist the students with an additional $5,000 to be used for travel to/from Cape Canaveral, Florida to view the launch. Currently, the launch is scheduled for June 2017 and will return to Earth in the fall of 2017.

Out of 11 projects set to launch on SSEP Mission 10, Camden Fairview's project is the only one that focuses on engineering. The experiment will determine the tensile strength of a polymer mixed in space. The remaining 10 projects focus on Microbiology.

 Pictured from left to right are Camden Fairview students Alexis Bryant, Peyton Ruch, Hope Hesterly, Piper Fain, Lexi Betts and Trey Jeffus.  Find out more about the SSEP program here. 

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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Phone: (501) 372-1116
Fax: (501) 372-1166
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1400 West Markham
Suite 206
Little Rock, AR 72201

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