Cross County Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Cross County Community Foundation supports children and youth causes, summer camps, and human services efforts in Cross County, Arkansas.

FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth causes, summer camps, human services

IP TAKE: There are two grant opportunities for local groups here, so learn about both the Giving Tree grants and the Youth Advisory Council grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1999, the Cross County Community Foundation 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 Wynne, Arkansas, this affiliate funder aims to “establish endowment funds, build assets and award grants to help meet community needs.” It funds local children and youth causes, summer camps, and human services efforts.

The Cross County Community Foundation participates in ACF’s Giving Tree grants program, which provides funding for schools, nonprofits, government agencies, and other charitable groups. The foundation accepts these grant applications twice per year. Cross County also awards Youth Advisory Council grants with the help of local teenagers and their advisors and local board members. These grants serve children and youth at the local level. Past grants have helped provide food to local pantries, school supplies to students, and summertime youth opportunities.

Grants range between about $100 and $1,000 for Youth Advisory Grants and occasionally larger for Giving Tree grants. 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 exclusively on Cross County, Arkansas. Past local grantees include Parkin Archaeological State Park, the Back to School Bash in Wynne, the Cherry Valley Food Pantry, and the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. It accepts Giving Tree applications between January 10 and February 15 and again between July 10 and August 15. The funder accepts Youth Advisory grants between February 15 and March 15. Grantseekers must download the application on the funder’s website and mail it to the foundation staff. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Keeli Smith, at or 870-362-5679.


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