Two Conway based organizations received grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. At a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on Tuesday night, 18 organizations serving minority and under-served communities received a total of $41,878 in grants from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHOF) Foundation fund. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small business/economic development.

ABHOF Foundation Chairman Charles Stewart said, "We are pleased to have been able to make these grants and other investments in public programs that have benefited the people of Arkansas in such a significant manner. The funds from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation meet a great need for small grants to community based organizations working to make a difference in their communities."

Over the past decade, ABHOF has awarded more than $410,000 to organizations serving African Americans and other under-served populations in Arkansas. This year’s recipients will use their grant funding for projects ranging from adult literacy tutoring to computer training for residents of impoverished neighborhoods.

Recipients of grants are:

Lifelong Learners (based in Conway) – to expand educational offerings at HOPE Preschool, including improvements to science, technology and math instructional materials and free books mailed to students’ homes once a month.

University of Central Arkansas (based in Conway) – to implement a digital mentoring program through which UCA students will meet electronically with children at Malvern Middle School to encourage them to develop their strengths and set positive goals for the future.

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims to provide an environment in which future generations of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame honors the contributions of African Americans through its annual induction ceremony, and awards grants to support charitable endeavors in the Black community. Learn more at

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 $108 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.