Applications due Feb. 15 for Giving Tree Grants

Applications are now being accepted for Giving Tree Grants through the Faulkner County office of Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF).

Nonprofits in Faulkner County can go to to download an application, which must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

“Our Giving Tree Endowments give us an annual source of funding to help address immediate needs across the state,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of ARCF. “Many of the organizations that receive these grants provide vital services to our communities but aren’t large enough to compete for national grants. The Giving Tree program gives us the ability to provide small grants that help stock the shelves of our local food pantries, keep the lights on at free clinics and provide supplies for after school programs all over Arkansas.”

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Faulkner County is eligible to apply. Other applicants may be considered if the project has a clear charitable purpose for the public benefit. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grant committee from ARCF/Faulkner County.

“Our Giving Tree grants will generally range from $750 to $3,000,” said Julie LaRue, executive director for ARCF/Faulkner County. “This year marks the 10th year we have awarded Giving Tree grants in Faulkner County. During that time, the program has provided over $120,000 to dozens of local non-profits.”

Visit to view submission guidelines and begin the application process.

The Arkansas Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in the state and collaborates with individuals, families and organizations to build local communities through philanthropy. At the close of fiscal year 2011, ARCF had more than $150 million in assets; the Foundation has provided more than $90 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 about the Arkansas Community Foundation in the February issue of 501 LIFE.)