Ouachita Valley Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Ouachita Valley Community Foundation supports children and youth, hunger relief, and community engagement efforts in Camden, Arkansas and the Greater Ouachita Valley.

FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth, hunger relief, community engagement

IP TAKE: This is a good funder to know for local organizations that serve the needs of children and youth.

PROFILE: Established in 1993, the Ouachita Valley Community Foundation (OVCF) 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 Camden, Arkansas, OVCF aims to “engage people, connect resources and inspire solutions to make our community a great place to live, now and in the future.” The foundation funds local efforts that assist children and youth, hunger relief, and community engagement.

The Ouachita Valley Community Foundation participates in the ACF Giving Tree Grants program, which awards grants to local nonprofits, government agencies, schools, and other charities. OVCF also awards Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants that target the needs of local children and youth. The funder often focuses on programs that serve immediate local needs and that have the potential for statewide impact.

Grants range between about $500 and $2,000. Giving Tree awards are between $500 and $2,000, while YAC awards are between $500 and $1,000. 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 Ouachita and Calhoun Counties in Arkansas.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The application window is typically from January 10 to February 15 each year for YAC awards and between July 10 and August 15 for Giving Tree awards. The foundation utilizes an online grants system to review funding requests. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Rajveer Kang, at ouachitavalley@arcf.org or 870-818-1867.


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