Updated April 30, 2020
PHASE TWO ADAPTATION GRANTS
The deadline to apply for COVID-19 mini-grants and adaptation grants has passed. We’ll continue to post updates about grants that have been awarded and future opportunities to apply.
As of April 13, 2020
Please read the following information carefully for criteria related to the Phase Two Adaptation Grants. Applications must be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
The purpose of this grant program is to aid nonprofit and community organizations in:
- Adapting their operations to meet new needs in the community that have arisen from the pandemic or
- Delivering services in new ways to accommodate social distancing and other health and safety guidelines or
- Serving an expanded client base, i.e. reaching individuals who are experiencing new economic hardships due to the pandemic. (Emphasis is on vulnerable populations, including individuals who have lost a source of income due to the pandemic, low-income residents, individuals with greater health risks, immigrants and people with limited English language proficiency, people with a disability, people experiencing homelessness or incarceration, etc.)
Grants are intended to help organizations adapt their work in these uncertain times, not to replace lost revenue.
Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, hospital or government agency in Arkansas may apply. Grants are not made to individuals.
$5,000 – $25,000. Organizations may receive only one Phase Two Adaptation Grant.
What We’re Looking For
Priority will be given to organizations that are specifically addressing:
- Economic hardships of individuals Arkansans related to COVID-19, including food security, housing, household finances, etc.
- Support for small businesses or economic development related to COVID-19
NOTE: We do not fund for-profit (small and large) businesses directly, but we can fund nonprofit and community organizations that provide support and technical assistance to businesses.
- Physical and mental health care needs related to COVID-19
- Educational needs of children, including infants, toddlers and K-12 students related to COVID-19
Uses of this funding could include:
- Modifying or upgrading technology systems to serve clients remotely
- Modifying facilities to enable greater social distancing among essential personnel and clients
- Providing prepaid cell phones or WiFi hotspots to clients so they can continue to receive services remotely
- Disseminating public health information to clients. This could include translation services.
- Implementing changes to operating procedures necessitated by COVID-19
- Scaling up service delivery to support increased demand
This is not an exhaustive list, and other needs will be considered.
The following types of requests will not be considered:
- 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
- Support for private schools
- We can award only one adaptation grant per organization. (This is based on the organization’s Tax ID number.) Organizations that have multiple locations, programs, chapters or affiliates are encouraged to submit a coordinated application, rather than individual applications.