Lawrence County nonprofits have a new avenue for funding thanks to the North Delta Community Foundation.

Nonprofits in Lawrence County, as well as Randolph and Clay counties, can apply online for grants through the North Delta Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation. Applications must be submitted online by August 15.

“Since our affiliate was formed in 2019, we’ve helped award more than $25,000 in grants to benefit the regional community,” said Graycen Bigger, NEA Intermodal executive director.

“These grants came from the state office and supported disaster recovery efforts following the 2017 flood,” Bigger said. “The NEA Intermodal saw the impact of that funding and made the decision to form a local affiliate office in order to provide greater, continued support for schools, nonprofits, local government and faith-based organizations.”

Requests for all types of grants will be considered, but the North Delta Community Foundation is especially interested in awarding grants that address early literacy and grade level reading, animal welfare and/or support individuals with disabilities due to available matching funds. 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 Clay, Lawrence and Randolph counties.

Currently matching opportunities include up to $2,500 for early literacy, up to $1,000 for animal welfare and up to $3,000 for organizations that provide support for individuals with disabilities, both mental and physical.

Bigger encourages anyone who is passionate about any of the listed service areas to contact her to find out how to make contributions go further with a match from the state office.

Nonprofits can visit arcf.org/givingtree to view Giving Tree grant submission guidelines and begin the application process.

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in names of 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.”

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