April 15 is the deadline to apply for 2012 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHF) Foundation grants.

April 15 is the deadline to apply for 2012 Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHF) Foundation grants.

Organizations seeking funding can get information on how to apply at arcf.org. These grants, funded by the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation and administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will be awarded to programs that benefit African-American communities and/or other underserved populations in Arkansas through a focus on education, health and wellness, youth development, small business development or economic development.

“The grants made through the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation are an affirmation of our belief in Arkansas and its people,” said ABHF Chairman Charles Stewart. “By investing in these programs designed to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities, we are investing in the future of our state and planting seeds that will produce future Arkansas Black Hall of Famers.”

Since 2004, ABHF has invested more than $300,000 in grants and community events throughout the state of Arkansas. Projects supported through this grant program range from adult literacy tutoring to diabetes self-management training.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation on this grant program because it gives us the chance to support dozens of organizations working at the grassroots level,” said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of ARCF. “Many of the organizations that receive these grants provide vital services to our communities but aren’t large enough to compete for national funding. This program provides small grants that help stock the shelves of our local food pantries, keep the lights on at free clinics and provide supplies for after school programs all over Arkansas.”

Grants will typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 but may approach $5,000 in special circumstances. Funds from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation cannot be allocated for adult salary support or to support general operating budgets outside the specific proposal or project. All geographic sections of the state are eligible, but scholarship requests will not be considered. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Priority consideration will be given to:

• Applications that show multiple sponsoring agencies/organizations.

• Proposals that include evidence of local financial support (including, but not limited to, in-kind support).

• Proposals that demonstrate collaborative ventures among organizations within the community.

• Proposals that have promise for sustainability beyond the period of the grant.

• Proposals that show an innovative approach to community challenges.

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims to provide an environment in which a future generation of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed. The foundation honors the contributions of African Americans through its annual Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and awards grants to support charitable endeavors in the Black community. Learn more at www.arblackhalloffame.org.

Arkansas Community Foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in our state and collaborates with individuals, families and organizations to build local communities through philanthropy. At the close of fiscal year 2011, ARCF had more than $150 million in assets; the Foundation has provided more than $90 million in grants since it began operation in 1976. Contributions to ARCF, its funds and any of its 27 local affiliate offices are fully tax deductible. Learn more at www.arcf.org.