YAC grant cycle opens Jan. 10 for nonprofits helping youth

Friday, January 4, 2013

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Nonprofits benefitting youth and children in Carroll County are invited to submit proposals for the Carroll County Community Foundation's annual competitive Youth Advisory Committee grants beginning Jan. 10.

Visit www.arcf.org to view the submission guidelines and download an application. Grant application deadline is Feb. 15.

"YAC grants traditionally have benefited the children and Youth of Carroll County, and this year is no exception," said CCCF Executive Director Glenn Williams. "The local high school members of our YAC Committee take great pride in making the important decisions that provide vital funds supporting programs like literacy, the arts, feeding and clothing the needy, and dental care, to name a few. This is an important part of understanding the significance of local philanthropy as well as an eye-opening look at local need, and selfless service to others."

Any IRS-designated 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, church, government, or hospital with programs benefiting youth and children within Carroll County is eligible to apply. Other applications may be considered if the project has a clear, charitable purpose for the public benefit. YAC grants are not made to individuals and typically range from $100 to $1,000.

"Local YAC members meet monthly to learn that they do have a voice and they can make a difference to those in need," said YAC advisor George Purvis, a CCCF board member. "We are one of only 20 YAC programs in the state and include local students from all three public schools, a private school, and homeschooler students ages 13 to 18."

Arkansas Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in our state and collaborates with individuals, families and organizations to build local communities through philanthropy.

At the close of fiscal year 2012, ARCF had more than $150 million in assets; and has provided more than $98 million in grants since it began operation in 1976.

Founded in 2001, Carroll County Community Foundation, an affiliate of ARCF, has total assets of over $2.1 million and has distributed nearly $573,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in the Carroll County region through our grant programs and endowments. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax deductible.

For more information, contact Janell Robertson, assistant executive director of CCCF, at 479-253-8203, or via email at CarrollCounty@arcf.org

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