The Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation has announced grant recipients for the current grant cycle during a presentation ceremony on October 26, 2017, in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center.

Gail Bellingrath, grants committee chair, presented the awards available through the PBACF Giving Tree Grant Program and the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Community Health Endowment.

Bellingrath noted that the Giving Tree Grant Program considers the following criteria in reviewing, evaluating and selecting the grant recipients:Potential benefit to the communityCapacity of the organization to achieve the results submitted in the proposalEvidence of a plan for evaluating the projectPotential for sustainability beyond the grant cycleEvidence of cooperation or collaboration with other organizations working in the same fieldEvidence of local financial support and possibility of future support for the project or programInnovation and creativity of the approach

Bellingrath said that $65,755 was awarded to the following organizations, selected as Giving Tree Grant recipients:

Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County, CASA Women’s Shelter, Economics Arkansas, Girl Scouts, Go Forward Pine Bluff, Hope Women’s Resource Center, Ivy Center for Education, Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, Jefferson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Neighbor To Neighbor, Our Daughter’s Keeper, Ozark Mission Project, Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Pine Bluff Youth Development, Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful, Saint Peter Saturday Soup Kitchen, Salvation Army, Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service, Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services and What’s Next Pine Bluff.

According to a news release from the Community Foundation, the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Health Endowment is a grant program made possible through JRMC in accordance with its goal to bring quality healthcare to the people of Southeast Arkansas.

The grants committee evaluates proposals from eligible organizations wanting to provide services aimed at educating, assessing and screening members of their organization, or the larger community, regarding health issues.

Health fairs, risk assessments, screening, outreach and educational programs in schools, churches and businesses are eligible for funding through this grant program. JRMC applicant organizations are those that serve residents of Jefferson County and the surrounding counties of Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln.

The total amount of $24,200 was awarded to the following organizations through the JRMC Community Health Endowment: Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, Daughters of Charity Services of Arkansas, Delta Regional Community Services Outreach, Hope Women’s Resource Center, Southeast Arkansas Medical Education Foundation, Targeting Our People’s Priorities with Service, Trinity Village Retirement Center and Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities, the news release said.

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.

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 28 affiliates, are fully tax deductible.