Arkansas Community Foundation Helping Area Not-For Profits During COVID-19 Outbreak

Release from ACF Website

Nonprofit and community organizations across Arkansas have sprung into action to assist our neighbors in need in the wake of COVID-19. In every corner of the state, caring individuals are working to ensure that vital services like food pantries, domestic violence shelters, tutoring and mentoring, support for individuals with disabilities and rent/utility assistance can continue throughout the pandemic.

On March 18, Arkansas Community Foundation opened the Arkasnas COVID-19 Relief Fund to begin pooling contributions from Arkansans to help our neighbors affected by the pandemic.

In the short-term, this fund will provide rapid-response mini-grants to nonprofit organizations working on the front lines of pandemic relief, and to enable organizations to maintain their operations in the face of increasing demand. We began accepting applications for $1,000 mini-grants on March 20, and within two days, we received more applications than we were able to fund. However, thanks to the generosity of individual Arkansans and several foundations and corporations, we were able to re-open the application to accept more requests from nonprofits.

To learn more about how to apply, visit https://www.arcf.org/grants-for-covid-19-response/

Applications for mini-grants are being reviewed on a rolling basis while funds last.

In the long-term, and as more funds become available, we hope to begin making larger grants to nonprofits addressing systemic issues and ongoing needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several organizations in the region are benefiting from the grants. A list is below:

The Food Bank of North Central Arkansas, which serves several area counties is included along with other organizations in Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, and Searcy Counties.

Click here for the complete list.

 

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