The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, in partnership with Arkansas Community Foundation, is accepting proposals for its annual grant program now through April 15. Grants will be awarded to programs that benefit African-American communities and/or other underserved populations in Arkansas through a focus on education, health and wellness, youth development, small business development or economic development. Organizations seeking funding can complete the application form available online at www.arcf.org. “The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame considers our foundation grants a significant part of our mission,” said Charles Stewart, chair of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. “We believe that these grants play an important part in strengthening communities throughout Arkansas. Our grants enable many communities to address challenges and opportunities and may create future Hall of Fame inductees. We know that the future of our state is enhanced by our investment in its people.” Since 2004, ABHF has awarded more than $315,000 to organizations in 51 of Arkansas's 75 counties. Projects supported through this grant program range from adult literacy tutoring to diabetes self-management training. “We're pleased to continue our long-term partnership with the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation on this grant program because it gives us the chance to support dozens of organizations working at the grassroots level,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of ARCF. “This program is a launching pad for new charitable initiatives and a support system to empower Arkansas working to create positive change.” Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 but may approach $5,000 in special circumstances. Funds from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation cannot be allocated for adult salary support or to support general operating budgets outside the specific proposal or project. All geographic sections of the state are eligible, but scholarship requests will not be considered. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, hospitals, public schools and government agencies are eligible to apply. Organizations that do not qualify for tax-exempt status are not eligible. Priority consideration will be given to: •Applications that show multiple sponsoring agencies/organizations •Proposals that include evidence of local financial support (including, but not limited to, in-kind support) •Proposals that demonstrate collaborative ventures among organizations within the community •Proposals that have promise for sustainability beyond the period of the grant •Proposals that show an innovative approach to community challenges. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims to provide an environment in which a future generation of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed. The Foundation honors the contributions of African Americans through its annual Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and awards grants to support charitable endeavors in the Black community. Learn more at www.arblackhalloffame.org. 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; the Foundation has provided more than $98 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax deductible. Learn more at www.arcf.org.