The Faulkner County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF), awarded $33,375 in grants to area nonprofits during its annual Celebration of Giving luncheon.

“This year we broadened our criteria to include grant requests for programs that would provide a critical, timely benefit for Faulkner County and a unique opportunity to impact specific Aspire target areas,” Shelley Mehl, executive director of the Faulkner County affiliate, said.

The majority of the grants awarded during the luncheon were Giving Tree grants, which totaled $22,875.

“Our Giving Tree program helps Arkansans support a variety of important needs in their own hometowns,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Funding for our Giving Tree grants comes from local individuals and families who want to improve their community. We invest their donations in endowments that provide a permanent source of funding for local charitable causes.”  

The other grant programs awarded during the luncheon included $8,000 in Venture Task Force grants, $5,000 in Grade Reading Level grants and $2,500 in Stop Hunger grants.

Several grants were awarded to address homelessness after the group’s data program, Aspire, indicated a need in that area, Mehl said.

The Grade Level Reading grant will expand the Imagination Library Program in Faulkner County. The United Way of Central Arkansas will take over the administration of the Imagination Library program, she said.

The other grant recipients included:


Compass Academy for Project Independence which was specifically created to teach basic everyday life skills that typically functioning children are expected to do.

Conway Ministry Center received four — one for furnishings which complete their Forever Home; one to support The Storehouse an inclusive client choice pantry that allows clients to choose their groceries & hygiene items based on the size of their family; one one for an industrial scale for its food storehouse and one to support the ConwayGives homeless initiative. 

Faulkner County Council on Aging, Inc. to purchase a new 520 lb. ice maker needed at our Conway Senior Center to enable safe delivery of over 68,000 Meals on Wheels annually and over 30,000 meals eaten at our Conway and Mayflower Senior Centers.

Milestones Services, Inc. for renovation of administrative offices into smaller spaces, move therapy treatment rooms into administrative offices, and then make toddler classrooms out of therapy rooms.  

Pine Street Backpack Program received three — to provide school supplies for children in grades K-12 from low income families and families that are in need that live in the Pine Street community and surrounding area of Faulkner County; one to fund additional back-to-school supplies; and one to support the NAACP’s effort to get out the vote.

St. Vincent Conway Interfaith Clinic to update current equipment and supplies in the dental clinic.

UCA Foundation received four — one to support the University of Central Arkansas’ UCA STEM day for approximately 350 students from Faulkner County middle schools; one to support the UCA Cultural Proficiency Institute: prepare teacher candidates for urban school settings; one for the Reynolds Performance Hall's Mainstage Education Series; and one for the Outreach and Community Engagement's Women's Leadership Network.

Greenbrier School District for the Very Important Panthers (VIP) After School Program is to ensure the success of "at-risk" students in the Greenbrier School District. Students receive food backpacks each Friday to prevent hunger on weekends.

CAPCA (Community Action Program for Central Arkansas) for its Homeless Connect Program.

Conway Police Department to support the Children's Safety Fair.

Conway Symphony Orchestra to support the CSO on the Go program.

St Vincent CHI/Interfaith Clinic to support patience assistance needs.

United Way of Central Arkansas to assist with expenses related to the Financial Opportunity Center, tax preparation and BankOn.

Vilonia School District for the Summer Reading program supplies.

Faulkner County makes grants through the Giving Tree program annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2020.  

For more information about ACF grants is available, visit www.arcf.org. 

About ACF

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 $220 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Opening their doors in 2001, the local Faulkner County office has returned over $4.35 million in grants to nonprofits. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.