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Donor-Directed Grants: Selected by Donors Themselves

Most of the grants we award are what we call “donor-directed,” which means that a donor sets up a charitable fund at the Community Foundation and tells us which nonprofits he/she would like to support with those funds. We don't usually accept applications for these donor-directed grants unless the donor specifically asks us to collect applications.

Foundation-Directed Grants: Available through an Application Process

Each year we offer several opportunities for charitable organizations to apply for "foundation-directed" grants, which are selected by our staff and volunteer advisory committees through a competitive application process. 

  • Our signature Giving Tree Grant program supports a broad range of causes across our state, with grants made in each of our 27 affiliate areas.
  • Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation grants are geared toward projects serving African Americans and other minority populations.
  • Arkansas Delta Endowment for Building Community grants target initiatives to improve the quality of life in 26 Delta counties.
  • Our Bridge Fund provides grants that support education, libraries and the teaching/promotion of Arkansas history.
  • We've partnered with Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to launch the Summer Learning Initiative and increase reading proficiency for pre-k through 3rd graders in Arkansas.
  • Our Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) are groups made up of Arkansas high school students who are passionate about philanthropy and transforming their community. Are you a nonprofit that benefits children and youth in your community? Learn more about how to apply for YAC grants. 

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

  • Giving Tree Grants - Apply Jan. 10 - Feb. 15 and July 10 - Aug. 15 
  • Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Grants - Apply Feb. 1 - April 1
  • Delta Endowment Grants - Apply May 1 - May 22

Our affiliate offices work locally in every corner of Arkansas. Find the affiliate near you.

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