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 29 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.

Grant Cycles


Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grant Cycle opens Feb. 16 and ends March 31. 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 $2,000. Contact Joyce Whitfield for more information.

Applications should be submitted online by completing the application or they may be printed, scanned and emailed to


Our Early Literacy grant cycle, formerly referred to as Grade-Level Reading, opens Feb. 16 and ends March 31.  Grants during this cycle are specific to programs (specifically for children ages 0 to 8) that should align with one or more of the focus areas below. Grant range from $2,500 to 15,000.

  • Parent and Community Involvement (book delivery, mentoring, support for families, etc.)
  • School Readiness/Early Childhood (supports for youth and families ages 0-5 such as home visiting, Pre-K programs and other efforts to strengthen early learning, boost brain development and improve children’s literacy skills)
  • Classroom instruction (support for teachers to participate in literacy training/workshops for evidence-based strategies for teaching reading, classroom materials and supplies)
  • Chronic Absence Prevention (interventions that address barriers to attendance and promote a positive school culture of attendance)
  • Summer Learning Loss Prevention (high-quality summer reading programming that keeps kids engaged and builds literacy skills to help prevent the summer slide)

These grants should be submitted on the  Early Literacy 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 $2,500. Applications are submitted online via the same online portal as the Giving Tree Grants. No paper applications are accepted. 


Giving Tree Grant Cycle opens July 10 and ends Aug. 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 $10,000. Contact Joyce Whitfield for more information on how to apply.  

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

The most recent Hot Springs Area Giving Tree grants include:

AR Hunters Feeding the Hungry
AR Learning Through the Arts
AR Prostate Cancer Foundation
AR Single Parent Scholarship(Garland&Hot Spring counties)
AR Society Colonia Dames 17th Century
ASMSA Foundation
Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy
Cooperative Christian Ministries Clinic
Cutwell for Kids
Fountain Lake Cobra Digital Prep Academy
Garland Co Habitat for Humanity
Garland Co Historical Society
Guardian Angels Cat Club
Hot Springs Cultural Alliance
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
HSV Animal Welfare League, Inc.
Jackson House
Lake Hamilton School District-Special Services
Levi Hospital
Literacy Council of Garland County
Low Key Arts
Norman Historic Preservation Program
Oaklawn Center on Aging, Inc.
Ouachita Children's Center
Project Hope Food Bank, Inc.
Salvation Army
Samaritan Ministries
Single Parent Scholarship Montgomery Co
Sunshine Therapeutic Riding Center
The Call in Garland & Hot Spring Counties
The Call in Pike & Mongomery Counties
The Caring Place
Visitors AME Chapel Church

AR Kids Read
Caddo School District
Cutter Morning Star Elementary
Imagination Library of the Ouachitas
Young Men's Christian Association of Hot Springs

Board Members

Stephanie Alderdice

Beau Britton

Brad Burleson

YAC Lead Advisor

Charleen Copeland

Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Stuart Fleischner


Donnetta Frierson


Melinda Gassaway

Minnie Lenox

Cole McCaskill

Future Fund Chairman

Dan Messersmith

Past Chair

Ashley Naramore

Bart Newman

Vice Chair

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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