The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation (PBACF) annual Grant Program has opened.


The program opened July 10. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 15.


Nonprofits in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County may go to www.arcf.org to download an application for Giving Tree Grants through the PBACF, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.


Any nonprofit that received a grant in 2017 must submit the grant report form to be considered for this current grant cycle.


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 PBACF, according to a news release.


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 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 $4,000,” Lawrence Fikes, executive director, said in the release. “Last year, our application process resulted in a total of $89,955 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,” according to the release.


Contributions to the community foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible, according to the release.


The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, Aug. 15. Details: www.arcf.org