White County Community Foundation

Dana Stewart, Executive Director
P.O. Box 8171, Searcy, AR 72145 
800 East Beebe Capps Expressway, Searcy, AR 72143
501-322-0563 | 
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White County Community Foundation was established in 2003. Since then we have partnered with donors to make a difference in our community and have awarded more than $500,000 in grants. We are a partnership of people working to provide means to make our community stronger by building charitable funds, and engaging people in the issues that matter.  Working together with our donors, we are making a difference in the community we call home. 

Local Board Members

  • Dr. Kathy Berryhill
  • Amy Daniels
  • Brian Edelmann
  • Debbie Elgen
  • Charles Green
  • Don Harlan
  • Jon Holman
  • Ralph Haymond
  • Don Kee
  • Larry Kircher
  • Harry Porter
  • Judy Riley
  • Dewey Shanks
  • Lisa Tipton
  • Brent Wilson
  • Dewitt Yingling 

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 July 1 through October 1. Learn more >>

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants

White County nonprofits serving youth ages K-12  may apply annually for grants from the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Applications are accepted in the academic spring semester. Click here to apply for 2017 YAC grants. Applications are due March 24, 2017.

Giving Tree Grants

Grants for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving White County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year. Learn more >>

White County Community Foundation News

White County Community Foundation announced 17 grant recipients and $28,150 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in White County for the Spring 2016 Giving Tree cycle. These grant awards were presented at the White County Community Foundation Grant Reception in Cone Chapel at Harding University. Grantees included the following nonprofit organizations: 

  • White County Regional Library System
  • Searcy Children’s Homes
  • Bald Knob Downtown Courtyard Project
  • CrossPointe Preparatory School
  • The Sunshine School
  • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas
  • Highlands Pharmacy
  • Unity Health
  • White County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Inc.
  • White County 4-H Foundation
  • CASA of White County
  • Friends for Life
  • Reading and Learning Diagnostic Center
  • Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation
  • Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission
  • Literacy Council of White County
  • Child Safety Center of White County
Additionally, the White County Community Foundation also awarded two $1,000 Stop Hunger grants to the Badger Family Food Pantry and Bald Knob Senior Center 55+ to assist with their programs that address hunger needs. The Riverview Judsonia Elementary school was also the recipient of the Judsonia Community Charitable Endowment grant for their “People of Distinction” library program.

White County Nonprofits raise more than $100,000 through ArkansasGives 2016 

Participating nonprofits in White County celebrated more than $100,000 to in gifts to approximately 20 local nonprofit organization though ArkansasGives.  Statewide, the Arkansas Community Foundation announced the certified results of the one-day online giving event at  $4.6 million for nonprofits statewide. Thank you donors and sponsors for your support.   

Grant Spotlight

Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission

Deloris Wright, House Manager of Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission, shows off one of the two new refrigerators and a dish washer that have been recently installed. The new appliances were purchased with funding through a Giving Tree Grant from the White County Community Foundation.

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