Mississippi County Community Foundation
Nickie Bell, Executive Director
P.O. Box 125
Wilson, AR 72395

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Mississippi County Community Foundation is an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, servicing the entire county. With an active, involved local board, we are working to establish endowment funds, build assets and award grants to help meet community needs. 


Local Board Members

  • Sonja Burnett, Chair   
  • Chris Bennett 
  • Rogers Ford            
  • Ben Hubbard
  • Susie Langston
  • John Logan, Treasurer
  • Christie White, Communications Chair
  • Ann Whitis, Vice Chair

Grant Opportunities

Giving Tree Grants

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

Need help? Watch this video or contact an Executive Director or board member near you!


Scholarship Opportunities

Local graduating high school seniors pursuing higher education may now visit to apply online for several private scholarships between February 1-April 1! Funding for these scholarships come from families, businesses and individuals who want to support higher education and invest in local students. The donors determine the size and eligibility criteria for the scholarships they create, and the Foundation manages the scholarship process on their behalf.

Currently, our affiliate board facilitates the following opportunities:

*Erma Bandy Scholarship-Osceola High School student, studying business

*Gary D. Holmes Smile Scholarship-open to all graduating seniors in the county who participated in athletics

*Gertrude Elizabeth Waldrup Scholarship-low income girls, county wide

*Felix Evelyn Bowen Fallis Scholarship-Blytheville High School graduate with at least a 3.0 GPA planning to attend a 4 year college/university in state

Other opportunities may be available, so please also do a quick search by area of interest, level of study, and/or region of the state. Most online application processes begin February 1 and most deadlines are April 1, but there could be outliers, so always double check! Good luck!


Mississippi County Community Foundation Grants Reception Held

Tuesday October 2, 2018, the Mississippi County Community Foundation hosted a reception at the Blytheville Country Club, to present local nonprofit organizations with grants funded through the Giving Tree Endowment, Education Alliance of Mississippi County, Robert A and Martha Lynch Porter Trust Endowment, Mississippi County Women’s Endowment, Margaret Johns Endowment for Historical Preservation, and the Kendall and Thelma Isaacs Berry Endowment. The grants awarded totaled $41,080 and was shared between 28 organizations.

66 local citizens gathered to celebrate the occasion, as well as to share stories of the work their organizations are currently doing throughout the county.

Local nonprofits receiving grants include: New Beginning Mentoring, AR Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Arts Council of Mississippi County, Blytheville Community Samaritan Ministries, Blytheville Humane Society, Blytheville/Gosnell Area Food Pantry, The Butterfly House, Cara McCullom Birthday Book Project, CASA 2nd Judicial District, Charles Strong Recreation Center, City of Osceola Animal Shelter, Crossroads Coalition (Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library), Delta Gateway Museum, Foodbank of NEA, Wilcoxin Veteran Center, Great River Charitable Clinic, H.I.S. Ministries, The Haven of NEA, Healing in the Hood, Lights of the Delta, Mississippi County Gideons, Mississippi County Library System, Literacy Council of Mississippi County, Mississippi County Union Mission, SHIFT Family Outreach, Rhonda Hodges Ministries, Special Olympics AR Area 13, Spirit of Excellence Ministries, and The Pea Patch.

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

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Fax: (501) 372-1166
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