Grants for COVID-19 Response

Update as of April 5, 2020.

Dear Nonprofit Friends, 

Thanks to generous donors across the state, Arkansas Community Foundation has reopened its grant portal and is accepting more proposals for $1,000 mini-grants for organizations responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep the portal open until resources are no longer available. These applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have already applied, you do not need to apply again.

Here’s a list of grants that have been awarded so far. Note that we are continuing to review additional proposals that have been submitted and will add to this list as more grants are approved. 

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Arkansas Community Foundation is accepting proposals for $1,000 mini-grants for organizations responding to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are specifically interested in helping organizations maintain their operations and respond to increased demand from clients during this time. Mini-grant applications will be accepted and grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until available grant funds are expended.

Begin the online application now. 

Who’s Eligible
Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, school, hospital or government agency in Arkansas may apply. Grants are not made to individuals.

What We’re Looking For
We expect to award several rounds of grants over the coming months. During this first phase, priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Provide human services and emergency assistance (for example, food, shelter, transportation, living expenses, rent/utility assistance, etc.)
  • Primarily serve vulnerable populations, including children who are out of school/families without childcare, people who have lost a source of income due to the pandemic, people who are at high risk medically, people who are homeless or incarcerated, individuals who lack paid sick leave or health insurance, etc.
  • Disseminate factual safety and response information to vulnerable communities such as non-English speaking residents, rural residents, senior citizens, etc.

Organizations may use funding to support clients needs, cover costs associated with decreased staffing or remote working due to quarantine/social distancing, provide mental health programming for clients or staff or coordinate/facilitate in-kind goods and donations to sites and organizations that provide human services and serve vulnerable populations.

This is not an exhaustive list, and other needs will be considered.

Businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply; however, we will consider grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct financial assistance to individuals.

Grant Range
All grants will be awarded in the form of a $1,000 award for general operating support. Organizations may receive only one mini-grant at this time.

Access Online Portal

Apply now for mini-grants. You will need to create a username and password to access the online portal. if you have applied for a grant through our online system in the past, you can use the username and password you created previously.

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