Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation supports health, basic needs, hunger relief, education, and children and youth efforts in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, basic needs, hunger relief, education, children and youth

IP TAKE: There are some good opportunities here for groups that educate the local public about health issues and screen residents for health conditions.

PROFILE: The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) 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 Pine Bluff, Arkansas, PBACF “makes grants to improve the quality of life in our area and partners with individuals, families and corporations to build our community through philanthropy.” The funder supports local health, basic needs, hunger relief, education, and children and youth efforts.

The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation 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. PBACF is also home to the JRMC Community Health Endowment, which promotes education, assessment, and screening regarding health issues. This program typically funds health fairs, screenings, outreach, risk assessments, and educational programs in businesses, schools, and churches to promote better health.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $5,000. The funder awarded a total of $75,274 to 18 nonprofits in a recent grant cycle. 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 the town of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the surrounding towns in Jefferson County. The communities of Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, and Lincoln receive this funder’s support. Past local grantees include Pine Bluff Youth Development, Ozark Mission Project, Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, and Hope Women’s Resource Center.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application window is typically from January 10 to February 15 and again between July 10 and August 15 each year for Giving Tree awards. It accepts health endowment requests between July 10 and August 15. The foundation utilizes an online grants system to review funding requests. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Lawrence Fikes, at pinebluffarea@arcf.org or 870-850-7934.

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