Giving Tree grants available

Friday, July 11, 2014

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Nonprofits in Carroll County can go to www.arcf.org to download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the Carroll County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities.

Applications must be submitted via email by August 15, 2014.

"Our Giving Tree grant program provides funding to support programs that are already working to improve our communities and helps establish new initiatives that fill unmet needs," said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. "Because this funding is targeted to support specific communities in Arkansas, our state's nonprofit organizations have a local place to turn to for help implementing great ideas."

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Carroll County is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for the public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grant-making committee from the Carroll County Community Foundation.

"Our Fall Giving Tree grants range from $300 to $3000," said Janell Robertson, local Executive Director. "We want to encourage all local nonprofits whose programs work in and for the people of Carroll County to apply. Since 2001 our Foundation has been supporting a variety of local programs that sustain and enrich -- like education and the arts, as well as programs that provide critical need such as food, senior care, and medical issues."

In fiscal year 2013, Arkansas Community Foundation and its 27 affiliates awarded more than $725,000 in Giving Tree grants across the state. In Carroll County, the local affiliate Foundation awarded nearly $25,000 in grants from the spring YAC and fall Giving Tree cycles in the past year. Funding for the Giving Tree program comes from hundreds of Arkansas donors who support the work of the Community Foundation by contributing to their local Giving Tree Endowment. These donations are 100% tax deductible and support local efforts.

Visit arcf.org to view Giving Tree grant submission guidelines and begin the application process.

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