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Apply for a Community Investment Grant

Community Investment Grants are available to organizations that serve or operate in Pulaski or Lonoke Counties. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mollie Palmer at or 501-435-3203.

 Our grant process has been temporarily suspended as we evaluate our response to covid-19 

Before You Begin

Download our Budget Worksheet
Preview our Application
Download our Guidelines and Requirements

HOW TO APPLY using foundant

We have a new system for applications! We're excited to be utilizing Foundant as our grants software for the first time this year. To learn more about how to use Foundant, watch the videos below.


Note: Grant meetings will be held in lieu of site visits.
All applicants will meet with our Community Investment Committee about their grant request. During these 30-minute meetings, applicants will have the chance to offer a brief (5 minute) presentation about their agency and their program, and answer the committee’s questions about their application, budget, program and organizational challenges. All applicants will have a specific time scheduled with the committee on the following days: 
Education: Tuesday, May 12
Financial Stability: Wednesday, May 13
Health: Thursday, May 14
Grant meetings will be scheduled following the March 31 grant deadline. 


Please note that your proposal should clearly demonstrate how the program or initiative makes a measurable impact in one of the following areas: 
Education – Preparing children, youth and young adults to succeed in school and life.
Financial Stability – Helping individuals and families pave a path to financial independence.
Health – Helping individuals live healthy, independent lives.


All applicants must meet and provide evidence of the following requirements:
  • Recognized 501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt organization and/or a tax-exempt entity by the IRS
  • Locally based volunteer board of directors or management body that meets at least quarterly, makes policy decisions and holds election of officers
  • Demonstrates effectiveness of its programs/services through measurable outcomes
  • Works in Partnership with other organizations to positively impact our community and its citizens
  • Registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State, if required
  • Serve or operate in Pulaski and/or Lonoke Counties. 

UPDATE: Clarification on Financial Requirements

  • Total Revenue up to $199,999: Signed copy of IRS form 990 (or 990EZ) and compiled financial statements issued by an independent certified or licensed accountant
  • Total Revenue of $200,000-499,999: Signed copy of IRS 990 and independent financial review by certified or licensed accountant
  • Total Revenue of $500,000 or greater: Signed copy of IRS form 990 and audited financial statement issued by certified or licensed accountant.

Grant Guidelines

  • Organizations may apply for funds to start a new program or support an existing program.
  • Up to 10% of grant funds may be used for administrative expenses associated with the program.
  • Grant funds cannot be sought for capital expenditures such as building, plans, construction or renovation.
  • Grant funds cannot be sought for proselytization.
  • Minimum grant request is $5,000.00.


February 17-March 31 -- Grant Submission
May 12 -- Education Grant Meetings
May 13 -- Financial Stability Grant Meetings
May 14 -- Health Grant Meetings
June 22-26 -- Grant Announcements
September 15 -- Quarterly disbursements begin