Community Foundation accepting grant applications starting Jan. 10

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Nonprofits in Carroll County whose programs support the youth and children in our communities can go to arcf.org/givingtree beginning Friday, Jan. 10, to apply online for Youth Advisory Council Giving Tree Grants through Carroll County Community Foundation, the local affiliate branch of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by Feb. 15.

“Our Spring community grant cycle focuses specifically on programs that support youth and children,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation. “This cycle is funded through our Carroll County Youth Advisory Council Endowment which is championed by our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) students. These students, representing all areas of Carroll County, work together throughout the year learning about the needs in the community and the nonprofits meeting those needs.”

Grants for the Youth Advisory Council Giving Tree Grant Cycle typically range from $100 to $1,000. 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.

Nonprofits are encouraged to visit arcf.org/givingtree to view all Giving Tree grant submission guidelines and begin the application process. As they complete the grant application online, they have the option to choose either Capacity Building or Program/Project support.

Capacity Building grants help improve the effectiveness of an 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 our 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.

“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 Arkansas Community Foundation. “Giving Tree grants are selected by local people in each of our affiliate areas and awarded to local organizations.”

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 neighborhoods, towns and the entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax-deductible.

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