Arkansas Grant Resources

Arkansas is known for having the only diamond mine in the U.S., and the only one anywhere in the world that lets you keep whatever sparkling stones you find. The 8,174 nonprofits in Arkansas sparkle like diamonds as well, and deserve of every dollar in support they receive to improve communities in need. Looking for more funding? Fortunately, grants are available from the 422 private and public foundations based here, from quite a few corporations, and from various Arkansas state and federal branches of government.

“How to find them?” you might ask. Look right here! To get started, check the Arkansas Funding Sources below for a list of the top giving foundations and corporations. To learn how to find more potential funders, or equally important, figure out who to approach and how, we invite you to participate in our Grantsmanship Training Program. It’s a fast-paced and inspiring 5-day workshop, packed with the skills-training and guidance you need to make your grant proposals stand high above the rest. Applying for grants is very competitive, and high-caliber training often makes the difference.

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The Arkansas Community Foundation, based in the state capital of Little Rock, works across Arkansas to “partner with Arkansans to build better communities.” Check their grant-making programs to see if they are a fit for your nonprofit.

Fort Smith, Arkansas’s second largest city, is home to the Deegan Foundation which aims to make grants that have “ripple effects” generating benefits “beyond the primary grantee.”

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, located in Fayetteville, is focused on charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational in Arkansas and neighboring states.

Springdale is home to the Endeavor Foundation, focused on the people of Northwest Arkansas, promoting collaborative efforts and “big dreams” to “create lasting impact.”

Interested in getting the inside scoop on funders’ up-to-the-minute grant-making priorities? Arkansas is one of only 8 states that have formed a chapter of the Asset Funders Network (AFN), “a national membership organization focused on building economic well-being for all.” They bring together funders, nonprofit organizations and other subject-matter experts to discuss the toughest issues we all face in local regions, as well as across the country. Recent topics include healthcare, education, immigration, hunger, poverty, aging and homelessness. The Arkansas chapter offers many of its webinars and downloads for free to Arkansas’ nonprofit organizations, as well as providing the Bank on Arkansas program. When writing successful grant proposals, it helps to know the latest and best thinking on current issues.


The following are useful links for Arkansas grantseekers. Please let us know about others we should include so that this resource gets better and better. Thanks!

Government offices:
Arkansas Senator John Boozman -
(501) 372-7153      (202) 224-4843

Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton -
(479) 751-0879 Springdale, AR          (202) 224-2353

Arkansas Governor Mr. Asa Hutchinson -
(501) 682-2345

Other helpful organizations:

Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance dedicated to providing resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities to strengthen nonprofits in Arkansas.

United Way in Arkansas From Blytheville to Hot Springs, and across the state, United Way provides 20 local offices throughout Arkansas dedicated to improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arkansas Chapter connects colleagues to engage in creative thinking, network with new friends and achieve great results in their work.

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas builds stronger communities by educating adults and families with low literacy to address issues of workforce development, health care, parenting, and poverty.

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) provides lively, accessible, expert, user-friendly information and research resources for the community’s economic and social development.

Arkansas Access to Justice works to ensure that all Arkansans get the protections of the law.

Central Arkansas Development Council works to alleviate poverty, helping vulnerable populations build strong communities in Arkansas through community action.

Arkansas Humanities Council promotes understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities in Arkansas, using a competitive process to award support for projects.

Arkansas Arts Council advances literary, performing and visual arts by providing services and funding for programming that encourages standards of professional excellence.

Thea Foundation advances the arts throughout Arkansas.

Arkansas Dept. of Emergency Management provides grant funding for all things related to emergencies: 911, CERT, fire, preservation, etc.

Arkansas Dept. of Human Services (ADHS) offers a variety of program to help children and families thrive, even under trying circumstances

ADHS’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.

VolunteerAR works to increase meaningful volunteer engagement by promoting projects that address the critical needs of Arkansans.


Grants Specialist or Martyr-in-Residence?

Is your organization’s grants specialist constantly frazzled, working nights and weekends and juggling a schedule bulging with proposal deadlines, program development meetings, and report due dates? Do other staff members tip-toe around the specialist’s desk, forgiving occasional expletives, ignoring the candy wrappers and dirty coffee cups, and excusing missed calls and meetings. If so, that’s a big red flag.

Outcomes for Prevention Programs

Grants are social investments that are intended to produce positive change. Defining intended change is easier for some types of programs than others. If you’re working to improve the health of diabetics, the proposed outcome may be a specific degree of decrease in blood sugar levels of participants. But grantseekers often get confused when developing outcomes for programs that are intended to stop something from happening in the first place.


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