Arkansas LGBTQ+ Advancement Fund

A new statewide fund called Arkansas LGBTQ+ Advancement Fund will support organizations working to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ+ Arkansans by providing legal, health, education, advocacy or other high-demand services/programs.  

The Fund is supported through grants from the Alice L. Walton Foundation and from Olivia and Tom Walton through the Walton Family Foundation. It is also supported by additional funds from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. 

Download the Fact Sheet about the Arkansas LGBTQ+ Advancement Fund.

The Fund will distribute grants to Arkansas-based organizations that provide critical services to the state’s LGBTQ+ community. National entities with a local presence, established in-state partnerships and strong community relationships will also qualify. 

The grant selection committee includes leadership from the funder community and representation from the LGBTQ+ community both locally and nationally.  Funds may not be used for lobbying or partisan political activity. Grants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The first application deadline is Nov. 22, 2021. Applications will still be accepted after Nov. 22 and will be reviewed in subsequent rounds of review until funds are expended. The next round of review is not anticipated until Spring 2022 at the earliest.

There are two funding opportunities: 

WHO’S ELIGIBLE FOR THESE GRANTS? 

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

CRITERIA FOR PROGRAM GRANTS 

  • Must be a 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, hospital, church or government entity. Applicants may use a fiscal sponsor if needed 
  • Organizations must provide legal, health, education, advocacy or other high-demand services/programs for LGBTQ+ Arkansans. 
  • Organizations must be headquartered in Arkansas or have a significant basis of operation in Arkansas (for example, an office, staff person or on-the-ground programs)
  • Must 1) have a mission that directly incorporates work on behalf of LGBTQ+ community or 2) intend to incorporate services for LGBTQ+ individuals into the delivery of the organization’s larger programs and mission 

These Program Grants are a a one-time grant that may be expended over 1 – 2 years. Funding may be used on program costs that directly support LGBTQ+ Arkansans. (Up to 20% of the value of the grant may be used for program administration costs.) Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $150,000, although other grants may be considered under exceptional circumstances (for example, a major matching grant opportunity or similar; in such cases, please contact program staff to discuss prior to applying). Grants may not be used to support lobbying or partisan political activity. 

CRITERIA FOR IMPACT GRANTS
Organizations eligible for impact grants must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, hospital, church or government entity. Applicants may use a fiscal sponsor if needed
  • Have an annual operating budget of $150,000 or less. 
  • Musts have a mission that directly incorporates work on behalf of LGBTQ+ community OR intend to incorporate services for LGBTQ+ individuals into the delivery of the organization’s larger programs and mission 
  • Provide legal, health, education, advocacy or other high-demand services/programs for LGBTQ+ Arkansans. 
  • Be headquartered in Arkansas

This is a one-time grant for general operating support that may be expended over 1 – 2 years. Grantees must provide services to LGBTQ+ Arkansans as an explicit focus of the organization. Grants may not be used to support lobbying or partisan political activity. 

Download the Frequently Asked Questions

Get Assistance with Your Application

  • For questions about or assistance with the content of your proposal, contact Loan Tran, project consultant, at connect@loantranconsulting.com.
  • For assistance with our online application portal or your account, contact Jane Jones at jjones@arcf.org or 501-372-1116.
  • If you have limited internet access and need an alternate method to submit your application, contact Sarah Kinser at skinser@arcf.org.

Funders and grantmakers interested in contributing to the fund can contact Sarah Kinser, skinser@arcf.org, for more information about how to contribute.

Read the June 2021 news release here.

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The application period will open October 11 and close at 11:59 p.m. on November 22.

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