The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced nearly $50,000 in grants to projects benefiting minority and under-served communities in a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on May 24. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness and youth development in Arkansas.

"We are pleased to support the efforts of grassroots and other non-profit organizations in Arkansas through our grant program” said ABHOF Foundation Chairman Charles Stewart. “Their work to improve education, health/wellness, youth development, strengthen families and economic development helps to validate the mission of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. We are proud of our partnership with these great Arkansas institutions.”

Over the past 14 years, ABHOF has invested more than $624,000 resulting in $573,244 in grants to Arkansas nonprofits. This year’s grant recipients are:

Waves of Prayer (Elaine) – to host a two-week camp serving 50 students who will work with an African American artist from New York who lived in Phillips County.

Lee Street Community Center (Elaine) – to prepare Turning Point Park for the centennial event, 100 years.  

Lee Street Community Center (Elaine) – to prepare Turning Point Park for the centennial event, 100 years after the racial turmoil of 1919 in Elaine.

Lee County Men of Action (Marianna) – to plan a summer program that will engage children four days a week in educational and recreational activities.   

AR Kids Read (Little Rock) – to provide tutoring programs focused on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.

Arkansas School for the Blind (Little Rock) – to provide student admission to the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub for learning about different career opportunities.

CityYouth Ministries (Jonesboro) –  to provide instruments and music education to more than 70 low-income students.

Clarendon Elementary School (Clarendon) – to purchase books that specifically depict African American contributions and tell stories of diverse fictional characters.

Delta Presents Outreach Foundation, Inc. (Little Rock) – to support the RENEW program which provides students in need with greater academic, personal/social, and career opportunities.

Family Promise of Pulaski County (Little Rock) – to serve families with children ages 0-18 who are seeking housing independence.

Girl Scouts-Diamonds of AR, OK & TX (Little Rock) – to serve 300 girls in struggling school districts in low-income towns with positive educational and behavioral programs.

Greater Second Care Center, Inc. (Little Rock) – to provide support to youth and families from Southwest Little Rock and Pulaski County through educational assistance programs.  

Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center (El Dorado) – to offer parenting programs women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancies in Columbia, Ouachita, and Union counties. 

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance (Hot Springs) – to fund a permanent work of art in downtown Hot Springs created by young artists working alongside Giuseppe Percivati.

Interested Citizens for Voter Registration, Inc. (Pine Bluff) – to fund the Pen or Pencil initiative, a student mentoring program to prevent incarceration.

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas (Little Rock) – to fund Project LIFT, a seven-week family literacy program that will teach parents skills they need to help their child succeed.

Our House (Little Rock) – to provide a 10-week summer literacy program called Little Lit to homeless and near-homeless Pre-K students. 

Pulaski County Council for Communities, Children & Youth (Little Rock) – to provide an ACT Summer Prep Program to students who need additional instruction.

Sickle Cell Support Services (Little Rock) – to host 30 campers for one week at the Ferndale 4-H Center where campers will be taught several life skills for the upcoming school year.

United Way of Northeast Arkansas (Jonesboro) – to bring the Imagination Library to the children of Northeast Arkansas to close the 30 Million Word Gap. 

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims to provide an environment in which future generations of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame 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

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 $179 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.