Arkansas Community Foundation
The Arkansas Community Foundation was founded in 1976 and supports strong and thriving Arkansas communities by funding initiatives in the arts, community, education, health and human services, and religion.
Regions: The Arkansas Community Foundation serves the entire state. Though based in Little Rock, the Foundation has local affiliate offices across the state, allowing the Foundation to identify and address the needs of individual communities. The Foundation serves all 75 of Arkansas’s counties, including both rural and non-rural areas.
Issues Supported: The Arkansas Community Foundation prioritizes education. The largest proportion of grant dollars go towards education initiatives, followed by human services and health. Grantmaking is designed to provide immediate support, long-term support, or a mix of both to best address communities’ needs.
Grant Process and Application: In many cases, donors designate grants. However, grant programs like Giving Tree Grants provide local and statewide support for nonprofit groups that serve Arkansas’s communities. There are two application cycles per year for the Giving Tree Grants that usually fall in the winter and summer. More information can be found on the website, and the grant portal can be found here.
Grant-Making Per Year:
In total, the Arkansas Community Foundation has funded over $314 million in grants since 1976. In 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $53 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: John 316 Ministries, Inc., is a grantee located in Charlotte, Arkansas, in rural Independence County. John 316 Ministries is a faith-based center for men struggling with substance abuse that offers long-term supportive housing. The Butterfly House Inc. is a grantee located in Manila, Arkansas, in rural Mississippi County. The Butterfly House provides transitional housing for women after addiction treatment programs or incarceration.
Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas
The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas was founded in 2001 and is supported by Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Foundation is based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and its mission is to improve health and well-being for all Arkansans.
Regions: The Blue & You Foundation serves all areas of Arkansas, with a focus on rural areas of the state. Examples of rural counties served include Benton, Columbia, Polk, and Van Buren.
Issues Supported: The Blue & You Foundation focuses on issues affecting health and well-being. Funded projects include substance abuse programs, supplying personal hygiene items, and providing medical equipment to organizations.
Grant Process and Application: The Blue & You Foundation offers a Regular Grants Program and Mini Grants Program. The Regular Grants Program application window is April 15 to July 15 each year, and the Mini-Grants Program application window is January 1 to February 15 each year. Visit the Foundation’s website to find out more information about the application process.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2019, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $3.6 million.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Oasis of Northwest Arkansas is a grantee located in Bentonville, Arkansas, in partially rural Benton County. The Oasis is a transitional living facility for women recovering from substance abuse and offers an 18-month program with support for education and employment.
Tri S Foundation
The Tri S Foundation was established in 2000 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Regions: The Tri S Foundation primarily serves Arkansas. Examples of rural counties served include Cleburne, Conway, Greene, Jackson, and White.
Issues Supported: The Tri S Foundation supports education, health, human rights, human services, and religion.
Grant Process and Application: The first step in the application process is to send a letter of intent, with the deadline usually falling in July. For more information, reach out to Foundation by phone at 479-271-8500.
Grant-Making Per Year: In 2018, the Tri S Foundation provided grants in the amount of $145,000.
Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: The Other Side is a grantee located in Heber Springs, Arkansas. The organization serves the rural counties of Cleburne and White and provides a supportive, Christian environment for individuals recovering from substance use disorder.
Arkansas Opioid Settlement Funds
Total Settlement Funds in Arkansas
- $52 million
- 35% to the state
- 65% to local governments
- Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
- Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years
- Not established
Spending So Far
- Office of the Attorney General Bridget Hill, 307-777-7841
How About Your County?
To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.
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