The grants support programs designed to impact Black communities.
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
“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.|
|Sister Friends United, Inc.||STOP – STUDENTS THAT OFFICIALLY PATROL|
|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.|