The Hot Springs Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, announced a total of $115,202 in Giving Tree and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Grants for nonprofit organizations in Garland and Montgomery Counties. These grant awards were presented on April 9, at a Giving Party at the Hot Springs Country Club. Representatives from 44 local nonprofit organizations received awards for outstanding projects and programs that had been selected during the annual Giving Tree Spring 2019 grant cycle. All community foundation donors and area professional advisors were invited to attend this community event.
In addition to the 44 grant checks, a 2019-20 Youth Advisory Council Scholarship/Leadership Award in the amount of $,1000 from the Hot Springs Area Community Foundation Board of Directors was presented to Annabelle Neilson, a graduating senior from Lakeside High School. Annabelle has participated in the Youth Advisory Council for the past four years and has held leadership positions in not only YAC, but the Sister School Program at Lakeside High School for three years. She has also been a volunteer with the Hot Springs Cultural Alliance, The Sister City Programs, Muses Creative Artistry project and Ozark Mission Project. She plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree at Hendrix College,
Grants through the Giving Tree and Youth Advisory Council programs are made annually. The next grant cycle will begin in January 2020. More information about Community Foundation grants is available at www.arcf.org. Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $179 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 28 affiliates are fully tax deductible.