Nonprofits in Clay, Lawrence and Randoph counties can go to arcf.org/givingtree to apply online for grants through North Delta Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by Aug. 15.

“During North Delta Community Foundation’s first Giving Tree grant cycle in 2020, we awarded $6,100 in grants to local nonprofits serving the North Delta area,” said Melody Rainwater, executive director. “It’s a pleasure to be able to strengthen these communities by supporting important causes like education, health and community development.”

This year, the Community Foundation is accepting two different kinds of proposals:

Projects with a special emphasis on early literacy are eligible for Early Literacy grants. Applicants who fit into this focus area should look for the application titled “Early Literacy.” Proposals for Early Literacy grants should be aimed at increasing local students’ early literacy through one or more of the five focus areas: parent and community engagement, school readiness, classroom instruction, chronic absence prevention and intervention or summer learning loss prevention. Emphasis should be on children ages zero to eight.

Proposals serving all other charitable purposes in Clay, Lawrence and Randolph counties are eligible for Giving Tree Grants, which typically range from $250 to $2,000. First priority is given to organizations based in Clay, Lawrence and Randolph counties; however, the Community Foundation will consider applications from organizations based in other areas if they can demonstrate that their program will provide direct services to people in the North Delta area. Applications for causes other than literacy can be submitted by completing the Giving Tree application.

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Clay, Lawrence and Randolph counties 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 grantmaking committee from North Delta Community Foundation.

“Through local Giving Tree grants, our state’s nonprofit organizations find support as they implement great ideas to improve their communities,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Giving Tree grants are selected by local people in each of our affiliate areas and awarded to local organizations.”

Funding for the Giving Tree program comes from hundreds of Arkansas donors who support the work of the Community Foundation.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.

Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $314 million in grants. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 29 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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