Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation 

Lawrence Fikes, Executive Director
Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center 
211 W 3rd Ave, Ste. 125 
Pine Bluff, AR 71601
870-850-7934 •

Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, serving Pine Bluff and the surrounding cities of Jefferson County, makes grants to improve the quality of life in our area and partners with individuals, families and corporations to build our community through philanthropy.

Local Board Members

  • Gail Bellingrath
  • David Brown
  • Mattie Collins
  • Robert Hart
  • Anthony Hilliard
  • Lisa Hunter
  • Nick Makris
  • Carla Martin
  • Alicia Nixon
  • Dabney Pelton 
  • Rebecca Pittillo
  • Scott Robinson
  • Catherine Smart
  • Mary Ross Taylor
  • Jessica Yarbrough

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Jefferson County may apply. Applications are accepted twice a year, from January 10 - February 15 and from July 10 - August 15. Learn more >>

JRMC Community Health Endowment

Online applications will be accepted from organizations 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 just a few of the opportunities that will be eligible for funding through this grant program. Eligible organizations are those that serve residents of Jefferson county and surrounding counties, including Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln. Grants typically range up to $5,000. Applications are accepted from July 10 to August 15. 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 >>

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.

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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