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Graycen Bigger, interim director of the North Delta Community Foundation presents a $1,500 Giving Tree Grant to Pam Penn, director of BRAD’s senior citizen program, and Alex Lynch, BRAD Foodbank director.

The North Delta Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced $6,100 in Giving Tree Grants for nonprofits benefiting Randolph, Lawrence and Clay counties. These inaugural grant awards were presented in December.

“We are proud to be able to support a variety of regional nonprofits, especially during such a challenging first year,” said Graycen Colbert Bigger, interim executive director of the North Delta affiliate. “Thanks to matching funds from the state office, we were able to award funds to all local applicants, which included initiatives such as hunger relief, grade level reading and the arts.

“There were so many worthy causes during this application cycle that all provide valuable services to our area – and we know that economic development starts with community development.”

Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation said the Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own hometowns.

“Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families who want to improve their community,” Larkin said. “We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for local charitable causes.”

One project example was Black River Area Development Corporation, which received $1,500 for food and supplies for their home delivery program.

First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas was awarded $750 from the North Delta local affiliate and an additional $750 from the state office to purchase books for children in order to promote grade level reading.

Other grant recipients include:

The Doni Martin Center received a total of $1,100 for the purchase of ADA compliant playground equipment.

The Downtown Playhouse was awarded $1,000 towards the construction of a new roof.

Five Rivers Animal Aid received a total of $500 for a low-cost spay and neuter clinic.

Humane Society of Randolph County was also awarded a total of $500 for a spay and neuter clinic.

“We’re grateful for the generous backing of donors who support the ever-changing needs of our regional community through Giving Tree grants,” added Bigger. “The beauty of a community foundation is being able to give where you live and having a local board, which understands the unique demands of our area, making connections. We look forward to growing this program in the future.”

The North Delta Community Foundation currently makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in July 2021. More information about Community Foundation grants and the North Delta Community Foundation is available at www.arcf.org.

Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 29 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

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