Central Arkansas Nonprofits Awarded Grants From Building Black Communities Fund

The grants support programs designed to impact Black communities.

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Arkansas Community Foundation and the Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative yesterday announced that 40 grants from the Building Black Communities Fund have been awarded to Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit organizations in Central Arkansas.

The grants support programs and initiatives specifically designed to impact Black people and communities in the Little Rock metropolitan statistical area, which includes Pulaski, Saline, Perry, Grant, Faulkner and Lonoke Counties. 

“Facebook, Inc. provided the funding, the Community Foundation provided the infrastructure to make the grants and Black leaders in Central Arkansas determined which nonprofits received them,” said Heather Larkin, President and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation.

Grant recipients serve in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Small business support and economic development 
  • Community improvement 
  • Human services ad basic needs 
  • Civil rights, social action, organizing and advocacy (non-political) 
  • Leadership development and capacity building 
  • Education 
  • Arts/Culture/Humanities 
  • Health

“This significant grant funding will empower Black-led organizations to amplify their voice in the giving space,” said Derek Lewis of the Black Philanthropy Collaborative.  “All 40 grant recipients were able to demonstrate established relationships and a good track record of working on activities that impact Black communities.” 

Building Black Communities Fund grant recipients include:

100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock, Inc.  Alliance of Arts Inc. 
Arkansas Birthing Project  Arkansas Medical Dental & Pharmaceutical Association Foundation 
Arkansas RAPPS, Inc.  Aviate Through Knowledge Incorporated 
Better Community Development Inc.  Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Arkansas 
Boys & Girls Club of Jacksonville  Brandon House Cultural & Performing Arts Center 
Bridge 2 Success  Building A Better Life Mentor Organization 
Celebrate! Maya Project   Conducting Creativity 
Delta Presents Outreach Foundation  Dunbar Historic Neighborhood Association 
Faith Works Foundation  FEED First USA 
Gaines House, Inc.  Gyst House, Inc. 
HEAT, INC.  Jamison Alexander Success Center 
L&J Empowerment, Inc.  Life Skills for Youth 
Little Rock Black Nurses Association of Arkansas  Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (Foundation for Arkansas Heritage & History) 
Ossie Barnes Foundation  Pine Street Backpack Program 
Pine Street CommUnity Museum  Prim N Proper, Inc./ Choosing to Excel 
Ralph Bunche Neighborhood Association  Reform, Inc. 
Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College   The Roots Art Connection 
Ujima Maternity Network, Inc.  University District Development Corporation 
University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law  Women’s Center of African American Affairs, Inc.