Giving Tree Grants awarded

The Faulkner County affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation recently announced the nonprofit agencies in Faulkner County that will receive grants from its 2017 Giving Tree Endowment.

“We are pleased to announce that 14 Faulkner County nonprofits will receive grants this spring from our Giving Tree Endowment,” said Gloria Cheshier, executive director of the Faulkner County affiliate. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families. We invest their donations in the endowment and it provides a permanent source of funding for charitable causes in our county. We are proud to announce the recipients of our 2017 grant awards.”

Giving tree grants range from $750 to $2,100. The recipients and their projects are:

•    AR Single Parent Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships to single parent students to help them stay in school, complete their program and get a good paying job.

•    Bethlehem House to purchase a new commercial refrigerator to be used with a food service program.

•    Blackbird Academy of Arts to support the Arts Access Program for areas of the community that would otherwise not have access to arts education classes and arts performances.

•    Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner County to support opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge of art through funding of art room equipment and supplies.

•    City of Greenbrier to provide site furniture, compost bins and a butterfly/pollinator garden and fund gardening supplies for demos at events for the city community garden in Greenbrier located behind the senior center.

•    Conway Cradle Care to expand services to at-risk Faulkner County community members under age 25 who are pursuing higher education or employment to improve their life as well as the life of their child(ren).

•    Conway Police Department to support the Book Center, a new component of the Conway Police Department’s Fifth Annual Child Safety Fair.

•    Faulkner County Council on Aging, Inc., to fund a vehicle to be used in the Meals on Wheels program.

•    Faulkner County Museum to serve as matching funds for a grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to paint and restore windows on the historic Faulkner County Jail building.

•    Independent Living Services to purchase exercise equipment for the therapy department.

•    The Ministry Center to outfit the warming station with cots and blankets.

•    Renewal Ranch to provide a computer and printer for a new class to teach job search skills and strategies to assist clients with finding employment.

•    Soul Food Café Mission to install a Vent-a-Hood in the new facility at 1717 S. Donaghey, allowing food services to be offered.

•    Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas to purchase mattresses for client rooms.

All nonprofit agencies located in Faulkner County are encouraged to apply from Jan. 10-Feb. 15 each year. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at