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2019 Community Investment Grants

Heart of Arkansas United Way Community Investment Grants are available to organizations that serve or operate in Pulaski or Lonoke Counties. Applications for the 2019-20 grant cycle were due on Friday, March 1. Below are the guidelines and eligibility requirements for our grant applicants. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Kristi Davis, Director of Initiatives and Investments, at or 501-435-3200.



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 that meet at least quarterly, makes policy decisions and holds election of officers
  • Audit (annual budget $500,000.00 or over) or Financial Review (annual budget under $500,000.00)
  • IRS Form 990 if required by the IRS
  • 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. 

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 for is $5,000.00.


January 9 and 11: Agency Training
January 14 -March 1: Grants Available on
March 1; 12:00 p.m.: Grant Applications Due
March 15- May 10: Program Evaluation
June 21: Recommendations to the Board of Directors
June 24-28: Grant Announcements made
September 2019: Quarterly Fund Disbursement begins