21 Nonprofits Receive $73,750 In Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation Grants
The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation announced 21 grant recipients for the current grant cycle during a presentation ceremony and reception on November 9, 2016 in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center.
Dabney Pelton, Grants Committee Chair, presented the awards available through the Community Foundation’s Giving Tree Grant Program and the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Community Health Endowment. Pelton noted that the Giving Tree Grant Program considers the following criteria in reviewing, evaluating and selecting the grant recipients:
- Potential benefit to the community
- Capacity of the organization to achieve the results submitted in the proposal
- Evidence of a plan for evaluating the project
- Potential for sustainability beyond the grant cycle
- Evidence of cooperation or collaboration with other organizations working in the same field
- Evidence of local financial support and possibility of future support for the project or program
- Innovation and creativity of the approach
Pelton stated that $44,358 in Giving Tree Grants was awarded to the following organizations: Arkansas Literacy Councils, Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, CASA Women’s Shelter, Economics Arkansas, Full Circle 360, Girl Scouts, Ivy Center for Education, Neighbor To Neighbor, Ozark Mission Project, Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Saint Peter Saturday Soup Kitchen, Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service, Salvation Army, Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services, What’s Next Pine Bluff and Youth Partners of Pine Bluff / Jefferson County.
The Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) Health Endowment is a grant program made possible in accordance with its goal to bring quality healthcare to the people of Southeast Arkansas. The grants committee evaluates proposals from eligible organizations wanting to provide services aimed at educating, assessing and screening members of their organization, or the larger community, regarding health issues. Health fairs, risk assessments, screening, outreach and educational programs in schools, churches and businesses are eligible for funding through this grant program. JRMC applicant organizations are those that serve residents of Jefferson County and the surrounding counties of Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln.
The total amount of $29,392 was awarded to the following organizations through the JRMC Community Health Endowment Grants: ACCESS, Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, Bradley County Medical Center, CASA Women’s Shelter, Feed The Kids, Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service, Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services, Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and What’s Next Pine Bluff.
Following the presentations, a reception was held for recipients, Community Foundation donors and friends.