White County Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The White County Community Foundation supports education, human services, children and youth, and community development in White County, Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, children and youth, community development

IP TAKE: Hunger relief and basic needs have been of particular interest to this funder lately, especially food banks and homelessness services.

PROFILE: Established in 2003, the White County Community Foundation (WCCF) is an affiliate of the Arkansas Community Foundation (ACF), which is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. ACF affiliate foundations help connect nonprofits, corporations, families, and individuals with charitable needs and interests in local communities. Based in Searcy, Arkansas, WCCF has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and is a “partnership of people working to provide means to make our community stronger by building charitable funds and engaging people in the issues that matter.” WCCF funds local education, human services, children and youth, and community development efforts.

The White County 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. It also awards Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants for nonprofits that serve in the K-12 demographic. These grants come from a local council made up of area teenagers.

Grants range between about $500 and $2,000. In a past year, the funder gave $24,768 for Giving Tree awards, and local nonprofits raised over $100,000 through the statewide ArkansasGives campaign. 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 White County, Arkansas. Past local grantees include Jacob’s Place Homeless Mission, Della’s Pantry at Rose Bud First Baptist Church, the Arkansas Heart Foundation, and Beebe Public Schools.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application window is typically from January 10 to February 15 for Giving Tree awards and in the academic spring semester for YAC awards. The foundation utilizes an online grants system to review funding requests. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Dana Stewart, at WhiteCounty@arcf.org or 501-322-0563. Grantseekers can also follow the foundation on Facebook.

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