Donations Sought for Disaster Recovery Fund to Make Grants for Rebuilding and Recovery Efforts Following Floods in Northeast Arkansas

Little Rock, ARK (May 9, 2017) – Arkansas Community Foundation today announced its Disaster Recovery Fund has been activated in the wake of historic flooding in Northeast Arkansas to receive donations from the public to support the affected communities’ intermediate and long-term recovery.
The fund is intended to help bridge the gap between the initial burst of giving during the very earliest days of recovery and the ongoing needs that will continue to emerge as residents renovate homes and businesses, communities evaluate public infrastructure and new safety measures are put into place. 

“The purpose of this grant fund is to provide a source of support for needs that arise after the initial disaster relief phase, as the community begins to rebuild,” said Heather Larkin, Community Foundation President and CEO. “Our goal is to help the communities grow stronger and more resilient than before.”

The initial contribution to the Disaster Recovery Fund is a $10,000 designation from Arkansas Community Foundation. To donate, visit or mail a check marked “Flood” to Arkansas Community Foundation, 1400 W. Markham, Suite 206, Little Rock, AR 72201.
Grant recipients from the Disaster Recovery Fund will be selected in partnership with local leaders and officials involved in long-term disaster recovery. 
In general, grants from the fund will be used to support the recovery of the affected communities by:
Restoring or improving community infrastructure affected by the disaster.
Restoring or improving facilities that benefit the public (such as a park, school, town square, etc.).
Providing mental health services, legal services, housing assistance or other support to individuals affected by the disaster (typically, our focus is not on immediate relief issues like food, water, emergency shelter, clothing, etc., but rather on the ongoing needs of people as they re-establish their lives and homes).
Establishing (or re-establishing) community-wide strategic plans that enable the community to become more vibrant or resilient in the aftermath of the disaster
Investing in the infrastructure/operational capacity of direct service organizations that are actively engaged in disaster relief (such as hunger relief organizations, homeless shelters/affordable housing agencies, healthcare clinics, etc.).

“We’ve learned from past disaster recovery operations that there is a strong, immediate charitable response to disasters, but over time those investments slow,” said Larkin. “It’s important for the Community Foundations to invest in recovery projects in order to open the door to further funding from national philanthropic organizations and investment from long-term partners.” 

Arkansas 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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