The Entergy Charitable Foundation recently awarded nearly $264,000 in the first-round of grants in 2019, according to a news release.


The Burlsworth Foundation’s “Eyes of a Champion” program is one of 24 non-profit community partners that were recipients of grants awarded by shareholders recently.


Through the “Eyes of a Champion” program, eligible Arkansas students are provided free eye exams and glasses. These are students don’t qualify for ArKids or Medicaid and don’t have vision insurance, according to the release.


Brandon Burlsworth, a University of Arkansas football player was featured in the movie ‘Greater.’


“Who could forget his signature heavy black-framed glasses? Those glasses and many pairs before them gave him one of the tools he needed to be successful academically,” according to the release.


A Pine Bluff program also received an award. TOPPS (Targeting Our Peoples Priorities with Service), was founded in 2002 by Executive Director Annette Dove.


“TOPPS is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing a safe haven for youth in our community, building positive social bonds, helping kids develop the necessary tools to produce academic success and teaching them the importance of community service and leadership,” according to a spokesman.


Laura Landreaux is president and chief executive officer of Entergy Arkansas.


“With these grants, we are powering life by supporting vital programs and services in our communities that otherwise might not be available,” Landreaux said. “Thanks to our outstanding network of nonprofit community partners, we are able to continue making a positive impact on our customers and communities.”


The foundation’s focus areas of funding are education and workforce development, poverty solutions and environmental programs.


Entergy Arkansas’ first-round grant recipients include: AR Kids Read, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families, Arkansas Learning Through The Arts, Arkansas Museum of Science & History, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Arkansas State Council on Economic Education, Arkansas Tech University Foundation, Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, Centers For Youth And Families Foundation, Jobs For Americas Graduates Inc., P.H.O.E.B.E., PARK Foundation Inc., Phillips College Foundation, Recycle Bikes For Kids Inc., Ronald McDonald House, Russellville High School, T H E A Foundation, The C A L L, TOPPS -Targeting Our Peoples Priorities with Service, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College Advancement Office, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, University of Arkansas Foundation, University of Central Arkansas Foundation Inc. and Women’s Foundation of Arkansas.


“Entergy shareholders provide funding and support for initiatives that help build stronger, healthier and more vibrant communities through the Entergy Charitable Foundation. This year’s first round grant cycle awarded more than $2 million to 73 nonprofit organizations working across Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Texas,” according to the release.


In 2018, Entergy Corporation and the Entergy Charitable Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $18.4 million to more than 2,000 nonprofits, and employees logged more than 112,000 volunteer hours.


Entergy Charitable Foundation grants are awarded twice a year. The first grant cycle opened Jan. 1 and closed Feb. 1, and the second grant cycle opens July 1 with an Aug. 1 deadline.