The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) awarded nearly $50,000 in grant awards. Recipients included agencies with Pine Bluff ties.

ABHOF awarded projects benefitting minority and under-served communities in a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on May 24, according to a news release.

Grant recipients include:

• Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. (Pine Bluff) – to fund the Pen or Pencil initiative, a student mentoring program to prevent incarceration.

• Girl Scouts-Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas (Little Rock) – to serve 300 girls in struggling school districts in low-income towns with positive educational and behavioral programs. This agency has programs in the Pine Bluff area.

• AR Kids Read (Little Rock) – to provide tutoring programs focused on reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

• Arkansas School for the Blind (Little Rock) – to provide student admission to the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub for learning about different career opportunities.

• CityYouth Ministries (Jonesboro) – to provide instruments and music education to more than 70 low-income students.

• Clarendon Elementary School (Clarendon) – to purchase books that specifically depict African American contributions and tell stories of diverse fictional characters.

• Delta Presents Outreach Foundation Inc. (Little Rock) – to support the RENEW program which provides students in need with greater academic, personal/social, and career opportunities.

• Family Promise of Pulaski County (Little Rock) – to serve families with children ages 0-18 who are seeking housing independence.

• Greater Second Care Center Inc. (Little Rock) – to provide support to youth and families from Southwest Little Rock and Pulaski County through educational assistance programs.

• Hannah Pregnancy Resource Center (El Dorado) – to offer parenting programs women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancies in Columbia, Ouachita, and Union counties.

• Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance (Hot Springs) – to fund a permanent work of art in downtown Hot Springs created by young artists working alongside Giuseppe Percivati.

• Lee County Men of Action (Marianna) – to plan a summer program that will engage children four days a week in educational and recreational activities.

• Lee Street Community Center (Elaine) – to prepare Turning Point Park for the centennial event, 100 years after the racial turmoil of 1919 in Elaine.

• Literacy Action of Central Arkansas (Little Rock) – to fund Project LIFT, a seven-week family literacy program that will teach parents skills they need to help their child succeed.

• Our House (Little Rock) – to provide a 10-week summer literacy program called Little Lit to homeless and near-homeless Pre-K students.

• Pulaski County Council for Communities, Children & Youth (Little Rock) – to provide an ACT Summer Prep Program to students who need additional instruction.

• Sickle Cell Support Services (Little Rock) – to host 30 campers for one week at the Ferndale 4-H Center where campers will be taught several life skills for the upcoming school year.

• United Way of Northeast Arkansas (Jonesboro) – to bring the Imagination Library to the children of Northeast Arkansas to close the 30 Million Word Gap.

• Waves of Prayer (Elaine) – to host a two-week camp serving 50 students who will work with an African American artist from New York who lived in Phillips County.

The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness and youth development in Arkansas, according to the release.

“We are pleased to support the efforts of grassroots and other non-profit organizations in Arkansas through our grant program” said ABHOF Foundation Chairman Charles Stewart. “Their work to improve education, health/wellness, youth development, strengthen families and economic development helps to validate the mission of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation. We are proud of our partnership with these great Arkansas institutions.”

Over the past 14 years, ABHOF has invested more than $624,000 resulting in $573,244 in grants to Arkansas nonprofits, according to the release.