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Community Investment

United Way's Community Investment Fund Addresses challenges that are too big for any one agency to solve alone.

The Community Investment Fund supports a variety of local programs that address the biggest needs in our community. 

The Community Investment process is driven by a committed group of volunteers from across our community. Each community grant application is reviewed and rated by a group of volunteers. The comprehensive review includes financial and administrative information, program evaluation and site visits. United Way requests each applicant provide not just a program description, but outcomes that show results. Organizations that are awarded grants are required to submit six-month progress reports and an end-of-year report on program outcomes, ensuring any donor dollars are spent wisely.


Community Investment Timeline


February 19 – Grant applications available. NEW! Our grant applications can be completed online this year.

February 28 – Agency Training to review new process and guidelines.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library* in Little Rock from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Register Now! 

April 13 (11:59 p.m.) – Grant applications due

April – June 2018 – Grant application review and site visits

June 2018 – Grant Announcements

Quarterly payments begin September 15, 2018
*Use of Central Arkansas Library System's meeting facilities does not constitute endorsement of the beliefs, viewpoints, policies, or affiliation of the user by the library board or staff.