As of Jan. 10, local nonprofit organizations can begin applying for Giving Tree grants through the Phillips County Community Foundation by downloading an application at arcf.org. Feb. 15 is the deadline for submitting applications.
The PCCF is the local affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation.
“Our Giving Tree grant program gives nonprofit organizations a place to go for funding when they have a great idea or need a boost for an ongoing program,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of ARCF. “These grants enable us to respond to immediate needs in our communities and help promising programs get off the ground.”
Organizations eligible to apply for the grants include any IRS 501(c) (3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Phillips County. Projects of other applicants may be considered if it has an obvious charitable purpose for public benefit.
No grants are made to individuals. A grant-making committee of the PCCF will review the applications.
“Our Giving Tree grants generally range from $250 to $5,000,” said Crystal Eastman, PCCF executive director. “Our grant committee works hard to allocate grants where they can make the most impact for the organization and the project it is proposing. We want applicants to understand that our grantees may vary from year to year, so you may not always get one just because you have in the past. We receive many applications and simply cannot fund them all.”
The ACF and its 27 local affiliates handed out $695,000 in Giving Tree grants in Arkansas during fiscal 2012. Donors supporting the work of the Community foundation across the state provide the funding for the Giving Tree grants.
ACF has provided more than $98 million in grants since its inception in 1976. ARCF had more than $150 million in assets at the close of fiscal 2012.
PCCF's Giving Tree grants are distributed only to organizations that serve Phillips County.