ARCF/Faulkner County announces $25,000 in Giving Tree Grants

ARCF/Faulkner County, a local office of Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF), recently announced $25,000 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits in Faulkner County.

The grant awards were presented at the Giving Tree Grant award reception at the Nabholz Conference Center.

“During the 12 years that ARCF has had a local office in Faulkner County, we have granted over $182,000 back into the community through the Giving Tree Grant program,” said Julie LaRue, executive director. “It is powerful to hear firsthand from the non-profit organizations who receive these grants and make such a positive impact in Faulkner County.”

A representative from each of the 13 grant recipient organizations shared with attendees the project being funded by the Giving Tree Grants:

Bethlehem House – Grant to provide meat to supplement the feeding programs for homeless and impoverished families in Faulkner County.

Blackbird Academy of Arts – Grant to support a visual arts summer camp in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club.

Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County – Grant to provide outdoor basketball goals targeting more exercise opportunities and fighting childhood obesity.

Children’s Advocacy Alliance (includes Child Advocacy Center and CASA) – Grant to help fund the addition of an on-site medical exam program for child victims of sexual assault.

Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) – Grant to provide literacy materials to increase parent and children literacy resources in Head Start Centers.

Conway Cradle Care – Grant to help fund the third annual Teen Pregnancy Prevention Rally.

Conway EcoFest – Grant to bring an interactive mobile laboratory to EcoFest.

Conway Interfaith Clinic – Grant to partially fund the Patient Assistance Program.

Faulkner County Council on Aging – Grant to purchase and install electronic handicap doors at the Mayflower Senior Citizens Center.

Faulkner County Council on Developmental Disabilities (FCC/DD) – Grant to provide half match funding for purchase of a vehicle from the Arkansas Transit Association.

Faulkner County SPCA – Grant to build a pole barn and a dog run for neglected and abused animals awaiting adoption.

Make A Child Smile of Central Arkansas – Grant to purchase hygiene products for 400 needy students.

Pine Street Community Development Center, Inc. – Grant to provide school supplies for the Back-to-School Backpack Program serving K-12 children in the Pine Street Community.

“Our Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own hometowns,” said ARCF President and CEO Heather Larkin. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families. We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for charitable causes in our communities.”

ARCF/Faulkner County makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2014. More information about Foundation grants is available at

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. ARCF ended the 2012 fiscal year with more than $150 million in assets and 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.