Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Grants

Grant Application Information

Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation helps provide a support system for Arkansas nonprofits working to create positive change for underserved populations.

Grants are awarded to programs that benefit African American or other underserved populations in Arkansas. Nonprofits with programs focusing on education, health and wellness, youth development, strengthening families, and economic development are eligible to apply. Grants that mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on these areas will also be considered. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,500. The 2021 grantees will be announced on May 26, 2021.

2021 Grantees:

  1. Arkansas Disability Coalition (Southeast Arkansas) – expand telehealth access in Southeast Arkansas to families of children with special healthcare needs.
  2. Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (Chicot and Phillips counties) –provide two free prostate cancer screenings/education events.  One in Eudora and one in Helena/West Helena.
  3. Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub (Central Arkansas) – Xtraordinary Minds PreKoder program introduces children ages 3 to 8 years-old to basic computer coding concepts to enhance their literacy and math skills.
  4. Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (Desha County) – awards scholarships to single parent students of Desha county to allow for the removal of financial barriers that would cause a student to drop out of school.
  5. Barbershop Books (Pulaski County) – partnering barbershops are located in communities that have strong ties to the Black community and support early literacy programs at four barbershops in Pulaski county.
  6. Central Arkansas Freedom School (Pulaski County) – facility service area is home to some of the most economically disadvantaged children, ages 6 to 16, in the city of Little Rock. 
  7. EducationCorps, Inc. (Pulaski County) –  serves high school and GED foster care students interested in attending college or a vocational certification program, with additional academic preparation to pass the ACT.
  8. Hamilton Haven (Clark, Hempstead, Nevada counties) – provides temporary emergency shelter for families and individuals temporarily displaced.
  9. OneCommunity (Washington County) – brings bilingual and African American culturally responsive books and materials to families participating in the 2021 Springdale and Fayetteville Feed Your Brain (FYB), Alimenta Tu Cerebro bilingual Summer reading program.
  10. Southeast Arkansas College (Jefferson County) – offers a Kids Virtual Learning Summer Camp
  11. St. John AME Church Lay Organization (Jefferson County) – funds project called “STOP” Students Trained to Operate in Peace.  
  12. The Hub (Ouachita County) – a virtual reading program designed for first and second graders that supplies cookbooks, food for recipes and all supplies needed to read, follow instructions and use math skills for cooking.
  13. UCA Center for Community and Economic Development (Faulkner County) – fund the inaugural Arkansas Racial Equity Summit.   
  14. UrbanPromise Arkansas (Pulaski County) – supports the Street Leader Program for the summer. 
  15. Village Place (Pulaski County) – in partnership with Ujima Maternity Network to provide prenatal, childbirth and parenting support classes in Census Tract 5.
  16. Women & Children First (Pulaski County) –provides funds to purchase furniture for survivors of domestic violence moving into independent living situations.  

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Who’s Eligible

501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, hospitals, public schools and government agencies are eligible to apply. Other organizations that do not qualify for tax-exempt status are not eligible.

Where We’re Currently Making Grants

All geographic areas of the state are eligible to apply.

What We’re Looking For

When you apply, we’ll ask you to share some basic information about your organization, including:

  • Background. What community need does this program address and why was the program created?  What specific activities/initiatives are involved?
  • Capacity of grantee. What makes your organization uniquely qualified to address this community need and successfully implement the proposed program?
  • Potential outcomes. How will you measure the success of your program? Describe the sustainable impact your program or service will provide.
  • Budget. What are the expenses related to your request? Which pieces will be paid for using a Black Hall of Fame grant, and which pieces will be covered by funding from other sources?

The following factors are considered, although not exclusively, in reviewing proposals:

  • Potential benefit to the community
  • Capacity of the organization to achieve the results outlined
  • Evidence of a plan for evaluating the project
  • Potential for sustainability beyond grant period
  • Evidence of cooperation or collaboration with other organizations
  • Evidence of local financial support and the likelihood of future support for the project or program

What We’re NOT Looking For

Each request is considered on its own merit. However, the following types of requests generally are not considered:

  • Support for annual fundraising campaigns
  • Support for capital campaigns
  • Projects that address sectarian religious purposes
  • Projects that are political in nature or have a political bias
  • Multi-year proposals
  • Scholarships or fellowships for formal education at any level

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