Beginning Monday, July 10, nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may apply for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation.


Any nonprofit that received a grant in 2016 must complete and return the grant report form to be considered for this current grant cycle. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Aug. 15.


Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Jefferson County is eligible to apply. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grant-making committee from the community foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.


The JRMC Community Health Endowment is made possible through a gift from Jefferson Regional Medical Center in accordance with its goal to bring quality healthcare to the people of Southeast Arkansas, according to a news release. The community foundation grants committee evaluates proposals from organizations wanting to provide services aimed at educating, assessing and screening participants regarding health issues. Applicant organizations are those that serve residents of Jefferson, Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln counties.


“Our Giving Tree grants will generally range from $500 to $4,000,” Lawrence Fikes, Pine Bluff community foundation executive director. “Last year, our application process resulted in a total of $73,750 grants awarded. Our board members want to fund worthy service programs designed to enhance the quality of life in our community.”


Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. Contributions to the foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.


Beginning July 10, applicants may download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation at www.arcf.org . Details: Lawrence Fikes, Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, 870-850-7934.