Foundation grants

Several South Arkansas groups will benefit from the Arkansas Community Foundation’s second phase of funding from its COVID-19 Relief Fund.

The grants help organizations adapt to new and increased demands of the pandemic.

These grants of up to $25,000 totaled $1,947,788 made to Arkansas nonprofits. When added to the 678 $1,000 Phase 1 Mini-grants made to organizations in 67 counties in April and May, more than $2.6 million in grants have been made from the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund in the 11 weeks since the fund was created.

Among South Arkansas recipients:

Magnolia Specialized Services, Magnolia – To hire additional teacher aides to decrease class sizes for social distancing and to purchase PPE and equipment for outdoor activities.

Rainbow of Challenges, Hope – To maintain health benefits for furloughed employees, purchase PPE and cleaning supplies, and provide food and alternative treatment options for clients sheltering at the home.

Texarkana Special Education Center of Opportunities, Inc., Texarkana – To purchase PPE and equipment needed to safely serve clients.

Boys and Girls Club, McGehee – Purchase school and office janitorial supplies, and PPE.

Central Delta Community Action Agency, Rison – For direct assistance with financial needs of individuals in five-county area.

Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry, Crossett – Purchase food.

“These Phase 2 Adaptation Grants help organizations who are adapting their operations to meet the ongoing needs of Arkansans affected by the pandemic and shore up critical systems like healthcare, education and food distribution,” said Heather Larkin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.

Grant recipients for Phase 2 were selected by a committee of reviewers based on criteria designed to determine the best use of COVID-19 Relief Fund assets.

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