Cleburne County Community Foundation

Kathy Phillips, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1414
315 W. Searcy Street 
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501-362-1701 • 501-270-2204


Founded in 2004, Cleburne County Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in Cleburne County and partners with individuals, families and corporations to build our community through philanthropy. Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that build community. You can help Cleburne County remain the kind of place where our kids will want to raise their kids. Contact us to learn more about how you can be a part of this important mission.

Local Board Members

  • Steve Lawrence
  • Diane Robbins, Chair
  • Bryan Tilley 
  • Rena Kelley 
  • Netta Thomas
  • Louis Gray
  • Verlon Abram
  • Wally Rosier
  • Jim Adams
  • David Ramer 
  • Melissa Brewer 

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

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


Watch this video to learn more about the online application process.

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 >>

Cleburne County Community Foundation Awards More Than $20,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

 2017 Grant Award Recipients

The Cleburne County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced $20,422 in grants for nonprofits in Cleburne County. The grants, made possible by the Community Foundation’s Giving Tree Fund and the Dr. Bill and Jo Ann Wells Christian Health Center Endowment, were presented at an awards dinner held at the Red Apple Inn on April 10.

The awards dinner, attended by nearly 100 people from all over the county, also gave opportunity to thank patrons, board members and other community leaders for their support of charitable causes in the county.

This year’s grant recipients include:
  • The Arkansas Dream Center. The Arkansas Dream Center will use the funding for the relocation of the food pantry’s garden beds, which provide fresh vegetables to pantry clients throughout the growing season.
  • Baptist Health Foundation. The Foundation will use the money from their grant for the purchase of the Accu-Vein Illuminator for the Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs. This equipment literally lights up a patient’s veins, making it much easier to start IVs, and is especially beneficial in providing services to the elderly, to dehydrated, overweight, or diabetic patient populations.
  • Breakin’ Bread Soup Kitchen. Breakin’ Bread will use their grant funding to help fund the purchase of a convection oven to aid them in preparing the 200-300 meals provided free of charge daily at the soup kitchen.
  • Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA). CAPCA’s grant will be used to fund this year’s Holiday Food Box and Angel Tree Food Box distribution program, serving families all the items they will need to prepare a holiday meal.
  • Cleburne County 4-H Foundation. The Foundation’s grant award will be used to fund leadership programs for 4-H participants in Cleburne County. These programs include school enrichment, workshops, training activities and events that will encourage youth leadership development.
  • First Apostolic Church of Concord Food Pantry. The food pantry will use funding from their grant to purchase food from the Arkansas Food Bank. The food pantry serves needy families in the Concord area.
  • Freedom Way. Grant funding will be used to help fund the expansion of the Hill of Hope, a ministry that works to alleviate the problem of homelessness in Cleburne County by offering shelter to those in need.
  • Heber Springs Humane Society. The Humane Society will use their grant funding to repair the roof of the East Kennel Holding Area which houses animals, giving them a safe and dry place to live while awaiting adoption.
  • Heber Springs Lions Club. The Lions Club’s grant funding will be used to support vision screening efforts for people ages 6 months and up across the county. These screenings are offered at no cost to clients.
  • Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Cleburne County.  The funding received will provide for scholarships to low income single parents in Cleburne county.
  • The CALL in Cleburne County. The CALL will use the grant money received to provide training to new foster parents in Cleburne County.
  • The Other Side. The grant funding received will be used to rebuild the restroom facilities adjacent to the gymnasium at this faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The gymnasium not only provides a place of recreation for the residents, but also provides a location for the organization’s fund-raisers and public events.
  • West Side Public Schools EAST program. The grant funding provided will support the EAST program’s community garden efforts, which will provide fresh vegetables for needy students at West Side Schools, with hopes to eventually support area food pantries as well.
  • White River Health System Foundation. Grant funding will be used to purchase bariatric wheelchairs for both the Drasco and Sugarloaf Clinics, to assist obese patients in receiving compassionate care.

The Cleburne 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.


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