On March 18, the Arkansas Community Foundation announced the creation of a Covid-19 Relief Fund. The fund is earmarked to help support Arkansas nonprofits supporting vulnerable populations through the current public health crisis.
Donations can be made online at www.arcf.org/covid19, by mailing a check to Arkansas Community Foundation, 5 Allied Drive, Suite 51110, Little Rock, AR 72202 or by contacting the Community Foundation directly at 888-220-2723.
Organizations that wish to apply for a $1,000 grant from the fund may submit proposals through the website (arcf.org/COVID19). According to a press release, priority will be given to those organizations that:
-- provide human services and emergency assistance (for example, food, shelter, transportation, living expenses, rent/utility assistance, etc.)
-- primarily serve vulnerable populations, including children who are out of school and families without childcare, people who have lost a source of income due to the pandemic, people who are at high risk medically, people who are homeless or incarcerated and individuals who lack paid sick leave or health insurance
--disseminate factual safety and response information to vulnerable communities such as non-English speaking residents, rural residents, senior citizens, etc.
The Arkansas Community Foundation "offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $250 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible."