Community Foundation of Lee County

OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of Lee County supports local basic needs, hunger relief, and community events in Lee County, Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Basic needs, hunger relief, community events

IP TAKE: Focus proposals around basic needs services for underprivileged children and families that are hungry and impoverished.

PROFILE: Established in 1991 the Community Foundation of Lee County (CFLC) is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF), which is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. ACF affiliate foundations help connect nonprofits, corporations, families, and individuals with charitable needs and interests in local communities. Based in Marianna, Arkansas, CFLC has grown in assets from $10,000 to over $1.6 million. It aims to keep grants local in order to meet community needs. CFLC funds local hunger relief efforts and community events.

The Community Foundation of Lee County awards grants through the Arkansas Community Foundation’s Giving Tree Grants program. These grants go to nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and other charitable groups that serve residents at the local level. In the past, CFLC also provided Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) Grants to support middle school science teachers. This funder is particularly interested in supporting local hunger relief efforts through food bank grants and also community events that take place in this area.

Grants range between about $500 and $1,000. SIMS program grants were $500 each, while Giving Tree support varies among grantees. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the ACF recent grants page. Read about recent grants on the funder’s news page. Grantmaking focuses on Lee County, Arkansas. Past local grantees include Delta Dream Food Pantry, the Backpack Program, Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, Arts in the Park, and Autumn on the Square.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The Giving Tree application period is January 10 to February 15. The foundation utilizes an online application system to review funding requests. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Lucy Smith, at leecounty@arcf.org or 870-295-0039.

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