Hot Springs Area Community Foundation

Since 1991, we have been working to serve as a vehicle for helping individuals, firms and organizations in our area in carrying out their immediate and long-term philanthropic plans. The Foundation has created over 100 funds that benefit Garland and Montgomery counties with many leaving lasting legacies which will benefit worthwhile causes throughout our state and country.  

One of 28 affiliates of Arkansas Community Foundation, Hot Springs Area Community Foundation has provided over $12 million in cumulative grants throughout our 28 years of service to Garland and Montgomery counties. These grants support programs that respond to critical needs such as food insecurity and health related issues, as well as programs that sustain and enrich, like the arts and education. 

An issue we have been deeply involved with is the statewide Grade Level Reading Initiative, 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. We are continually working on ways to make Garland and Montgomery counties better communities for all citizens and visitors.

To DONATE to a fund, follow this link to view a complete list of our Hot Springs Area funds and endowments.

Local Giving Tree Grants Support Nonprofits Working in and for Hot Springs Area

The most recent Hot Springs Area Giving Tree grants include:

All Created Equal
Arkansas Association of Student Councils
Arkansas Association of Student Councils
Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry
Arkansas Learning Through the Arts
Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation
ASMSA Foundation
Brandon Burlsworth Foundation
The Call - Garland & Hot Spring Counties
The Call - Pike & Montgomery Counties
Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center
Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic
Cutter Morning Star High School
Cutter Morning Star Elementary
Cutwell 4 Kids
First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs
Garland County Historical Society
Garland County Imagination Library
Garland County Teen Court
Garland County Library - Children's Section
Garland County Habitat for Humanity
Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance
Hot Springs Development Foundation
Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute
Hot Springs Family YMCA
Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center
Hot Springs School District
Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild
I Can of Arkansas
InterArts, Inc.
Eleanor Klugh Jackson House for Crisis Intervention
Jessieville School Di9strict
K-Life Ministries
Literacy Council fo Garland County
Mid-America Science Museum
Montgomery County Single Parent Scholarship Fund
Norman Historic Preservation
NPC-Child Care Aware of West Central Arkansas
Ouachita Children's Center
Ozark Mission Project
Project HOPE Food Bank
Salvation Army Hot Springs
Samaritan Ministries of Hot Springs
Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Garland County
Teen Challenge of Arkansas

Grant Cycles


Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grant Cycle opens Jan. 10 and ends Feb. 15. Applications are submitted online on the same online portal as the Giving Tree Grants. No paper applications are accepted. Grants during this cycle are specific to programs that support youth and children of Garland County. All 501c3 nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals or government agencies that meet this specific requirement are encouraged to apply. Grant range from $100 to $2500. Contact Joyce Whitfield for more information on how to apply.  


Giving Tree Grant Cycle opens Jan.10 and ends Feb. 15. Grants during this cycle are made to support a variety of causes based on changing community needs. All 501c3 nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals or government agencies that meet this specific requirement are encouraged to apply. Grant range from $500 to $25,000. Contact Joyce Whitfield for more information on how to apply.  


Grade-Level Reading Cycle opens Jan. 10 and ends Feb. 15.  Grants during this cycle are specific to programs that should fit into one or more of the focus areas of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  

  1. School Readiness (quality early childhood education, home visiting, early health or developmental screening, etc.)  
  2. Classroom instruction (support for teachers to participate in literacy training/workshops, classroom materials, innovative instructional techniques) 
  3. Chronic Absence Prevention (support for families, school-based health centers, etc.) 
  4. Summer Learning Loss Prevention (summer reading programs following evidence-based models)  
  5. Parent and Community Involvement (book delivery, mentoring, support for families, etc.) 

These grants should be submitted on the Grade Level Reading online application, not the regular Giving Tree grant application.  


Future Fund Grant Cycle occurs during the summer. Each year, Future Fund members select a focus area of needs to be considered for grant consideration. 501c3 nonprofits, schools, churches, hospitals or government agencies that meet this specific requirement are encouraged to apply.  Grant range from $500 to $2500. Applications are submitted online via the same online portal as the Giving Tree Grants from July 10 – August 15 of each year.  No paper applications are accepted. 

Board Members

Stephanie Alderdice

Beau Britton

Brad Burleson

YAC Lead Advisor

Charleen Copeland

Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Stuart Fleischner

Vice Chair

Donnetta Frierson

Melinda Gassaway

Minnie Lenox

Cole McCaskill

Future Fund Chairman

Dan Messersmith


Ashley Naramore

Bart Newman

Ray Owen, Jr.

Dr. Jack Porter

Dr. Lance Porter

Dea Ann Richard

Dr. John B. Simpson


Festus Ugbade

Jean Wallace

Jared Zeiser

Robert Zunick

Hot Springs Future Fund

The Hot Springs Future Fund is a fun way to work with other young Professionals to enhance our community. The group hosts an annual fundraiser, usually in the fall of each year, with proceeds from the event being used for grantmaking for a specific cause voted on each year by the membership. For more information, email Cole McCaskill at

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

YAC students are local public, private and homeschool high school-age students who are interested in community service and philanthropy. Applications for membership are taken each year prior to the beginning of the new school year.

The group meets monthly from September to April to learn about the needs of our communities as well as the nonprofits working locally to serve those needs.  YAC members participate in community service projects and participate in the Giving Tree grant cycle by soliciting online applications for grants to be made to support programs designed specifically to help local youth and children in Garland County. Contact to learn more.

Oaklawn Foundation Scholarships

Students, are you looking for information about how to apply for the Oaklawn Scholarship, available Jan. 2 - Feb. 28 of each year. Check out our information page and get ready to apply.

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