Faulkner County Community Foundation

Shelley Mehl, Executive Director
PO BOX 128 

1315 College Ave. 
Conway, AR 72034


Founded in 2001, Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County serves the communities of Conway, Greenbrier, Mayflower, Vilonia and the surrounding areas located within Faulkner County.  During our 17 years of service, we have returned to the community over $3.1 million in grants.   

It is inspiring to see how individuals, families, organizations, businesses and groups, each with their own charitable vision, come together to build a better Arkansas.  Recognizing a need in the community and believing that positive change is possible, our donors work to improve our neighborhoods, towns and county by creating funds with Arkansas Community Foundation.  It is our goal to make this a simple process, repeated over and over again in Faulkner County. 

Our mission is to engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions that help build Faulkner County and enable it to remain the place that our kids will want to raise their kids. Our board members are your neighbors, our funds have been created by hard-working people just like you, and through the services available to us through the statewide system, we engage smart giving to support vital causes within our local area.  We make giving easy for everyone who has a heart for Arkansas.  Contact us to learn more.

Local Board Members

Members of the 24-member Faulkner County Advisory Board are:

  • Jerry Adams
  • Jennifer Bell, Vice Chair
  • Amber Bobo
  • Joey Brown
  • Bo Conner
  • Susan DeBoard
  • Heather Edwards
  • Lesley Graybeal
  • Charlotte Green    
  • Don Greenland, Immediate Past Chair
  • Eric Hutchinson
  • Aaron Knight
  • Joyce Miller
  • Frank Mitchell
  • Charles Nabholz
  • Shellie O'Quinn
  • Michelle Phillips
  • Lori Quinn
  • Bobby Riggs, Chair
  • Bill Roberts
  • Jeannie Stroth
  • Bill Tobias
  • Charles Weaver
  • Jennifer Welter


Honored Friend of the Board

  • Ros Smith

Grant Opportunities Framework Grants

Grade Level Reading Grants

New for FY2018 and available in FY2019, Arkansas Community Foundation in Faulkner County accepts applications in the areas identified by the Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign as having an impact on children's third level reading levels.  The awards total $5000 and may be granted as a single grant to one agency or multiple grants.  Applications are received through our online portal from January 10 to February 15. 


The Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County administers a number of scholarships including:

  • The Toad Suck Daze Get Smart Challenge Scholarships for graduating seniors from Faulkner County schools who plan to attend Central Baptist College, Hendrix College, Pulaski Technical College, University of Central Arkansas, or the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.    
  • The Anne Pressly Scholarship Endowment which was created in memory of broadcast journalist Anne Pressly of Little Rock.  Female students from around the state who are planning a career in broadcast journalism are eligible to apply.  
  • Additional scholarships available through the high school counseling office are:  Jon Robbins Memorial Scholarship for Conway High School students, and the Phillip Weaver Scholarship and the Charles and Linda Weaver Scholarship for Vilonia High School students.
  • Scholarship applications for Toad Suck Daze Scholarships and the Anne Pressly Scholarship are accepted online beginning February 1 of each year. Learn more >> 

Giving Tree Grants

Faulkner County Giving Tree grants are for general charitable purposes. Nonprofits, schools, government agencies and other charitable organizations serving Faulkner County may apply. Applications are accepted January 10 - February 15 each year.  Approximately $20,000 is awarded each year and grants typically range from $500 to $3,000.     Learn more >



Venture Philanthropy Grants

Our Faulkner County board members also work throughout the year to identify needs in the areas of health and wellness, quality of education, basic needs and community responsibility.  Venture Philanthropy Grants are awarded to area nonprofit agencies for projects which may be small but are considered to have a large impact.   An example is a recent $215 grant made to the Faulkner County Museum Commission to serve as a match for a statewide grant to restore the windows in their historic facility.   Grants range from $100 to $2000 and are available throughout the year.  Inquire by email to


2016 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities event recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with information on how ArkansasGives 2016 affected Faulkner County.   CLICK HERE TO REVIEW SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY

2017 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities booklet recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County. You can find a full list of our funds and grants for the 2016 fiscal year, along with results of ArkansasGives 2017 in Faulkner County.  CLICK HERE TO REVIEW OUR 2017 SMART GIVING IN FAULKNER COUNTY BOOKLET. 

2018 Smart Giving to Improve Communities in Faulkner County

Our Smart Giving to Improve Communities brochure recaps the activities of Arkansas Community Foundation of Faulkner County FY2017.  You can find a full list of the funds your friends and neighbors have created, along with a list of the grants for the 2017 fiscal year.  Also read about our new AspireArkansas report and our commitment to the Arkansas Grade Level Reading Campaign.  If you are a grant-seeker, please be sure to review the grant lists in our previous brochures as well to give you an idea of the types of projects we fund.  CLICK HERE to review our 2018 Smart Giving in Faulkner County brochure. 


2018 Celebration of Giving Luncheon

Look at all the smiling faces!  This photo, taken at our 2018 Celebration of Giving Luncheon, captures our nonprofit leaders who received grants for their organizations from the Community Foundation this year.

In its 17th year, the Faulkner County affiliate office of Arkansas Community Foundation awarded $474,752 in grants.  The local Community Foundation advisory board-directed grants assisted the 31 local nonprofits pictured. Click on our 2018 Smart Giving Brochure.pdf 

New Grade Level Reading Grants Awarded

New for FY2018, Arkansas Community Foundation encouraged all its affiliate offices (through a matching grant program) to make grants in partnership with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading (AR-GLR).   Pictured here, along with our founding board member, Jerry Adams, are the recipients of our first Grade Level Reading and  Make Every Day attendance grants.

AR-GLR is a collaboration of state and local nonprofits, parents and families, government agencies, foundations, educators, business leaders, and policymakers committed to the goal that all Arkansas children will read at grade-level by the end of third grade.

Arkansas Community Foundation in Faulkner County accepted the statewide matching grant challenge and awarded three grants, totaling $5000, in addressing the areas of Parent and Community Engagement, School Readiness, and Summer Learning. The Community Foundation will continue the Arkansas Grade Level Grant Program through June, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to go to our website  for more information.


Executive director of the Conway Ministry Center, Spring Hunter,  explained they have created a 5000 sq. ft. “shopping mall” within their building, following the model of a test project in Oklahoma City, where they assist those in need by helping them make good choices selecting their food rather than receiving a pre-packaged food box.  A case worker helps the client select options, calls them by name (rather than numbers), and works to develop a relationship.  Each month, they serve about 400 different people.  King explained with our $2500 grant, they purchased canned protein.  Each month they distribute 1000 cans of meat.  By purchasing in bulk and working with the AR Food Bank, they were able to purchase a five-month supply.





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