Pine Bluff Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, will accept grant applications beginning Wednesday, July 10.


Local nonprofits may apply at arcf.org for three different grant opportunities. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, Aug. 15, according to a news release.


Any public 501(c)(3) charity, school, government agency or hospital in Jefferson County is eligible to apply. Grants are not made to individuals. Applications will be reviewed by a Pine Bluff Area grant-making committee. Any nonprofit that received a grant in 2018 must complete and return the grant report form to be considered for this current grant cycle, according to the release.


JRMC Community Health Endowment grants


JRMC Community Health Endowment grants are available for programs that promote health education and screening. To apply, go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the “JRMC Grants” application.


“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,” according to the release.


The Pine Bluff Area 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 County and surrounding counties, including Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant and Lincoln, according to the release.


Grade Level Reading grants


Grade Level Reading grants are available for projects that promote literacy for children ages 0-8 in Jefferson County. To apply, go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the “Grade Level Reading” application.


Projects with special emphasis on early literacy are eligible for Grade-Level Reading grants. Grade-Level Reading grant proposals should be aimed at increasing local students’ early literacy through one or more of the five focus areas of the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading: 1) parent and community engagement; 2) school readiness; 3) classroom instruction; 4) chronic absence prevention and intervention; or 5) summer learning loss prevention. Emphasis should be on children up to eight years old.


Giving Tree grants


Giving Tree grants are available for general charitable purposes benefitting Jefferson County. To apply, go to www.arcf.org/apply, log in to the online portal, and choose the “Giving Tree” application.


“Our Giving Tree grants will generally range from $500 to $4000,” said Lawrence Fikes, Pine Bluff Area executive director. “Last year, our application process resulted in a total of $75,274 grants awarded. Our board members want to fund worthy service programs designed to enhance the quality of life in our community.”


Since 1976, the Arkansas Community Foundation has provided more than $250 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help improve neighborhoods, towns and the state.


“Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization fostering smart giving to improve communities by providing tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct charitable dollars while learning more about community needs. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible,” according to the release.


The application deadline is Aug. 15. Details: arcf.org.