Grants available for charitable programs in county

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Nonprofits in Carroll County can go to arcf.org/givingtree beginning July 10 to apply online for Giving Tree Grants through Carroll County Community Foundation, your local affiliate branch of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by Aug. 15.

“Since our affiliate was formed in 2001, we’ve awarded nearly $295,000 in support for Carroll County nonprofits just through this annual Fall Giving Tree Endowment grant program alone,” said Janell Robertson, executive director. “It’s a pleasure to be able to strengthen this community by supporting important causes like education, health, food insecurity, the arts and community development.”

Grants for the Carroll County Community Foundation Fall Giving Tree Grant Cycle typically range from $300 to $3,000. Any 501(c)3 nonprofit, school, hospital or government agency in Carroll County may apply. Grants are not given to individuals. First priority is given to organizations based in Carroll County, however, the Community Foundation will consider applications from organizations based in other areas if they can demonstrate that their program will provide direct services to people in Carroll County.

This year, nonprofits will find an updated online application based on feedback received from Community Foundation grant recipients across the state. The goal is to make the application process simpler and offer support to help local nonprofits become stronger. By reducing the number of questions asked, we have streamlined the application. The foundation also shortened the reporting form grant recipients are asked to turn in after they’ve used their grant funding. The foundation is now offering nonprofits an option to choose the kind of support they are seeking by choosing either Capacity Building support or Program/Project support.

 Capacity Building grants help you improve the effectiveness of your organization’s operations or how you administer programs. For example, this type of grant would fund the purchase of computers, a security system, provide training for staff, or hire a consultant to build a better website. Please note that Capacity Building grants are not operational support, which means grants cannot pay salaries, rent, utilities or provide capital improvement funds.

Program or Project grants help you carry out a specific project or program for the clients you serve. These types of grants, for example, provide food, medicine, dental screenings, soccer equipment, and educational programs for children.

Nonprofits are encouraged to visit arcf.org/givingtree to view Giving Tree grant submission guidelines and begin the application process.

“Through local Giving Tree grants, our state’s nonprofit organizations find support as they implement great ideas to improve their communities,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Giving Tree grants are selected by local people in each of our affiliate areas and awarded to local organizations.”

Funding for the Giving Tree program comes from hundreds of Arkansas donors who support the work of the Community Foundation. For more information about the Giving Tree Society, visit arcf.org/localgiving.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $250 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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