For the 13th year in a row, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHF) Foundation, in partnership with Arkansas Community Foundation, is awarding grants to programs that benefit African-American and/or other underserved populations in Arkansas through a focus on education, health and wellness, youth development and economic development. Proposals will be accepted online through April 1.

Organizations seeking funding can complete the online application available at

“The grant program allows us to make grants to grassroots organizations throughout Arkansas,” said ABHF Chair Charles Stewart. “Our $1,000-$5,000 grants can make the difference to enable the town of Waldo to have a library or Winchester to initiate a food bank to provide for families who do not have adequate food. I believe that we are changing the landscape of the philanthropic community in Arkansas.”

Since 2004, ABHF has awarded more than $479,000 to nonprofits across the state. Projects supported through this grant program range from mentoring efforts for promising young math and science students to exercise classes for low-income families in rural areas.

“This grant program empowers local people working to find solutions to the needs of their communities,” said Heather Larkin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’re honored to partner with the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation to provide a support system for 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 black and other under-served communities throughout Arkansas. 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 support 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 $156 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 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

Provided By Arkansas Community Foundation