Grants available for agencies serving Delta

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Community Foundation is accepting proposals for grants to improve the social and economic conditions for children and families in the Arkansas Delta region.

Organizations in 26 counties in the Arkansas Delta can submit a letter of inquiry form beginning Thursday, May 1. Forms can be downloaded at and are due Wednesday, May 22.

“This grant program gives us an opportunity to support creative approaches to addressing the unique needs of the Delta region,” said Heather Larkin, ARCF president and CEO. “We’re looking for projects that involve collaboration among multiple organizations, can be expanded and implemented in multiple communities and/or have the potential to benefit a broad range of people.”

Previous grant winners include

• Main Street Helena, for a proposal to install an electronic payment system to enable WIC and SNAP recipients to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Downtown Helena Farmer’s Market;

• Lee County Family Resource Center, for a program to implement action steps from the Lee County Revitalization Plan;

• Connect Arkansas, to provide computer training courses and computer hardware for students and their families;

• Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, to establish interactive cooking courses to teach low-income families to prepare healthy, low-cost meals.

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in these Arkansas Delta counties is eligible to apply: Arkansas, Ashley, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Lincoln, Lonoke, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, St. Francis, White and Woodruff counties.

Applicants that do not have nonprofit status may also be considered if the proposed project has a clear charitable purpose.

Proposals should address one or more of the following purposes:

• Improving the conditions of people and families in the Arkansas Delta;

• Building local capacity and infrastructure in the Arkansas Delta;

• Fostering networks and connections across the region.

Grants will generally range from $5,000 to $20,000, depending upon the scope of the project. Larger requests can be considered if the applicant provides evidence that receiving a grant from the Arkansas Delta Endowment for Building Community will enable match funding from other sources.

The application process will involve two stages: first, applicants will submit a one-page letter of inquiry form available for download at Finalists selected during the first stage will be notified by Friday, May 31, and invited to submit a full proposal.