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Prescott & Hope Agencies Awarded Mini-Grants

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 04/21/20 3:21 PM


LITTLE ROCK – Nonprofit and community organizations across Arkansas have sprung into action to assist  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 18th, Arkansas Community Foundation opened the COVID-19 Relief Fund to begin pooling contributions from Arkansans to those 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. ACF began accepting applications for $1,000 mini-grants on March 20, and within two days, they received more applications than they were able to fund. However, thanks to the generosity of individual Arkansans and several foundations and corporations, they were able to re-open the application to accept more requests from nonprofits.

Two local entities have received the mini-grants:Hamilton Haven in Prescott and Rainbow of Challenges in Hope.

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

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