Community Investment Grants

Applications for Summer/Fall 2021 grant cycle are now closed

Community Investment Grants for the 2021-22 fiscal year will be awarded in two grant cycles: Summer/Fall, and Winter/Spring. Community Investment Grants are available to organizations that serve or operate in Pulaski or Lonoke Counties. For more information about using our grants portal, click on "How to Apply Using Foundant" below. Applications will be due Friday, July 9.

If you are interested in applying, click through the tabs below to learn more or download our summary document here. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mollie Palmer at

  • Grant funding range will be $2,500-$20,000
  • June 1: Grants Available
  • July 9: Grant Applications Due
  • Early September: Grant Announcements made
  • Grants will be paid in two installments, made in September and December 2021.
Summer/Fall Community Investment Grants will focus on administrative support and capacity building. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how the work of their agency aligns with United Way's focus areas of Education, Financial Stability, and/or Health.
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.
In addition, grant applicants should demonstrate how their work directly impacts one or both of our target populations:
  • Those directly impacted by COVID-19
  • Individuals and families living below the ALICE threshold.
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
  • Registered with the Arkansas Secretary of State, if required
  • Serve or operate in Pulaski and/or Lonoke Counties 

Financial Requirements:

  • Total Revenue up to $199,999: Must submit 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: Must submit signed copy of IRS 990 and independent financial review by certified or licensed accountant
  • Total Revenue of $500,000 or greater: Must submit signed copy of IRS form 990 and audited financial statement issued by certified or licensed accountant.

Grant Guidelines:

  • Grant funds may be spent for general administrative support or capacity building.
  • Grant funds cannot be sought for capital expenditures such as building, plans, construction or renovation.
  • Grant funds cannot be sought for proselytization.

To learn more about how to use our application portal, watch the videos below.