Hot Springs Village Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Hot Springs Village Community Foundation supports children and youth, basic needs, human services, people with special needs, education, and animal welfare in Garland and Saline counites in Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth, basic needs, human services, people with special needs, education, animal welfare

IP TAKE: Pitch a modest proposal to this community foundation for materials, equipment, or technology upgrades needed to boost nonprofit capacity.

PROFILE: Founded in 1983, the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation (HSVCF) is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation, which is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. In the early 1980s, local leaders in Hot Springs Village came together to establish an organization to benefit the quality of life of nearby residents. It has established over 30 funds to provide ongoing support to local causes. HSVCF became an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation in 2017 to assist its local giving. Grantmaking areas of interest include children and youth, basic needs, human services, education, people with special needs, and animal welfare.

The HSVCF grantmaking program focuses on a wide variety of local needs that extend to nearly any type of eligible nonprofit in the area. Its signature program is called the Giving Tree Grant Program, which supports projects that serve immediate local needs in Hot Springs Village and the surrounding communities. Grants often go towards equipment purchases, basic needs causes, and technology upgrades. The Arkansas Community Foundation will occasionally match grants that HSVCF makes to expand their impact.

Foundation grants are often a few hundred or thousand dollars each. In a recent grant cycle, the funder awarded grants to 16 local organizations. Grant announcements are typically publicized in the local newspaper. Past support has gone to the backpack program of the Cedar Mountain unit of the Saline Boys and Girls Club, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Saline County and Garland County CASA, Jessieville School District, and Imagination Library. HSVCF is based in the Arkansas town of Hot Springs Village and focuses its grantmaking exclusively in this part of the state. Grants are typically restricted to Garland and Saline counites in Arkansas.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant requests for its Giving Tree Grants Program. The application period is between typically between mid-January and mid-February each year. Grantseekers should direct general questions to the foundation staff at 501-984-1545 or hotspringsvillage@arcf.org.

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