Western Arkansas Community Foundation

Pettus Kincannon, Executive Director
Plaza Suites at Central Mall, Room 502
5111 Rogers Avenue
Ft. Smith, AR 72903
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Western Arkansas Community Foundation, formerly known as Fort Smith Area Community Foundation, has recently expanded its outreach to include Crawford County. It was founded in 1988 as an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation and has granted more than $11 million in its 28 years of service. Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions to make Crawford and Sebastian Counties great places to live, now and in the future.

Local Board Members

  • Matthew G. Holland, Chair
  • Joe Barron, , Vice Chair
  • Sharon Brooks
  • Dr. Darrel Cunningham

  • Thomas Gammill

  • Stuart W. Ghan

  • Drew Harmon

  • Lucy Hill

  • Mark Hobbs

  • Lisa Huckelbury


  • Jerry Huff

  • Ken Kilgore

  • Harold F. MacDowell 
  • Joan Oliver
  • Talicia Richardson
  • Advisory members: David Craig and John R. Taylor
  • Founding Member: Carter Hunt (Deceased)

Grant Opportunities

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 June 15 - September 30. Learn more >>

Apply online for more than

100 private scholarships for Arkansas students

Western Arkansas Community Foundation an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, helps families, companies and individuals set up scholarships funds to benefit Arkansas students seeking higher education. Search our database to find scholarships you qualify for, and submit your application online. Search by interest area, level of study or region of the state.


Search and apply online starting February 1, 2017
Most applications are due April 1, 2017

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.

Giving Locally


Phone: (501) 372-1116
Fax: (501) 372-1166
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Little Rock, AR 72201

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