The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation, in partnership with Arkansas Community Foundation, is accepting applications for grants that benefit families in African-American or other underserved populations.


Organizers of programs focusing on education, health and wellness, youth, and small business development are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Monday, April 1, according to a news release.


Only 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, hospitals, public schools and government agencies are eligible to apply.


Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 but may reach $5,000 in special circumstances, according to the release.


Funds from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation cannot be allocated for salary support or to support general operating budgets outside the specific proposal or project. All geographic sections of the state are eligible. Scholarship requests won’t be considered.


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 grant program allows us to make impactful grants to communities with underserved populations,” said Charles Stewart, ABHF chairman. “This year, we’re especially excited to invite programs that are working tirelessly to support and strengthen Arkansas families.”


Since 2004, ABHF has invested more than $624,000 into nonprofits. Projects ranged from mentoring efforts for promising young math and science students to exercise classes for low-income families in rural areas.


“Our long-standing partnership with the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation helps provide a support system for Arkansas nonprofits working to create positive change for underserved populations,” said Heather Larkin, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation. “We’re proud of this investment and the programs that continue to support local people working to improve their communities.”


The grant application deadline is April 1. Details: www.arcf.org/ABHOF .