The deadline for nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County to submit applications for Giving Tree Grants through the Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) is Aug. 15.

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 August 15, 2017.

Any IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, government agency or hospital in Jefferson County is eligible to apply. Grant are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a grantmaking committee from the PBACF.

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. The PBACF grants committee evaluate proposals from organizations wanting to provide services aimed at educating, assessing and screening members of their organization or the larger community regarding health issues. Applicant organizations are those that serve residents of Jefferson County and surrounding counties, including Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln.

“Our Giving Tree grants will generally range from $500 to $4000”, noted Lawrence Fikes, 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. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible