Union County Community Foundation: Arkansas Funders

OVERVIEW: The Union County Community Foundation supports education, arts, health, social services, economic development, and civic affairs in Union County, Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, health, social services, economic development, civic affairs

IP TAKE: The best opportunities with this funder are the mini-grants, which are capped at $2,000 but more accessible than UCCF donor-advised funds.

PROFILE: The Union County Community Foundation (UCCF) is a community foundation based in El Dorado, Arkansas. This foundation is a collection of charitable funds that are permanently endowed and that makes grants to address the needs of the local nonprofit community. These grants come from the Union County Public Trust Fund to address changing and emerging needs. UCCF funds local efforts in the fields of education, arts, health, social services, economic development, and civic affairs.

The Union County Community Foundation awards a majority of its grants from funds that were created for specific charitable purposes. The distribution of these funds is specified by the corresponding donors. However, UCCF has a discretionary fund called the Union County Public Trust, and its board of directors awards community grants from this fund each year. UCCF regularly supports creative programs, public policy issues, new ideas, and efforts that directly benefit Union County residents.

Grants range between about $500 and $2,000. A majority of grants are mini-grants that have a $2,000 maximum amount limit. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on southern Arkansas communities in Union County and the city of El Dorado, Arkansas. Past local grantees include the Agape House Children’s Home, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, El Dorado Pride, and El Dorado Public Schools.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application process is conducted online, and the annual deadline is in mid-February. Then, UCCF awards the annual grants in April. Direct general questions to the executive director, Jean Reynolds Hadley, at jean@uccfar.org or 870-862-8223.

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