Grants at Work in Arkansas
Arkansas Community Foundation provided $14 million in grants to support charitable projects during the 2014 fiscal year (July 2013 to June 2014). Approximately 1,500 organizations and 500 scholarship recipients received a total of 2,547 grants to support a broad range of causes, including community development, healthcare, education, human services and the arts.
About 4.5 percent of the Foundation’s grants were made through the Giving Tree Program, which places an emphasis on local philanthropy. Local leaders at each of the Community Foundation’s 27 affiliate offices across the state select the projects to be funded in their own area. Giving Tree grants are made on a twice-annual basis through an open application process. In addition, statewide Giving Tree grants are administrated by the organization for programs that are far-reaching and replicable.
About $13.4 million of the $14 million in grants were recommended by donors who contribute to Community Foundation donor-directed funds. These funds allow individuals, families or organizations to take a hands-on approach to giving through the Community Foundation by deciding which local causes or organizations will benefit from grants.
Photo cutline: This year a grant from our Hot Springs Area affiliate helped fund Operation Graduation, a program designed to increase retention at Hot Springs High School.