Each year, the Community Foundation also makes focused, donor-driven grants that vary in amount, geography and cause. This special initiative grantmaking is designated and fully funded by donors. Typically, grantees are determined by a grant selection committee with representation and/or leadership of the community that will be served by the grant awards. These grants are administered by the Foundation but may be implemented in partnership with the funder community.
Special Grantmaking Initiatives
Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Grants
February 1 - April 1
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
Recent examples of special initiative grantmaking:
The Building Black Communities Fund that provided grants up to $25,000 to support programs and initiatives specifically designed to impact Black people and communities in the Little Rock metropolitan statistical area. This grant was funded by Facebook, Inc. and implemented in partnership with Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative.
The LBGTQ+ Advancement Fund grants supported 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.