Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation
Awards 16 Grants to Support Under-served Communities

2016 Grant Awardees

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced a total of $40,000 in grants for 16 projects benefitting minority and under-served communities across the state at their grant reception on June 2. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness, youth development and small business / economic development across the state.


The grants were presented in a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center on Thursday, June 2. ABHOF Foundation Chairman Charles Stewart said, “We are pleased to have been able to make these grants and other investments in public programs that have benefited the people of Arkansas in such a significant manner. The funds from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation meet a great need for small grants to community based organizations working to make a difference in their communities.”


For more information, please visit: ABHF-ACF Grant Information

(Grant awards will generally be in the $1000.00 to $2,500.00 range, but may approach $5,000. The granting period starts in February. Applications will not be available until then.)
  • Organization: Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance (Little Rock)

    to support Cooking Matters, a nutrition education program that empowers low-income families with the skills to stretch their food budgets so their children get access to consistent, healthy meals at home.

  • Organization: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub (North Little Rock)

    to support Code Your Future, which enrolls 100 African American and Latino youth (annually) without quality access to resources, including: computer programming, engineering and coding. The program lays the foundation for understanding of computer science and provides resources for a future in this field events with top doctors, pharmacists, dentists and healthcare professionals to give the students insight into career opportunities available to them in the healthcare field.

  • Organization: Central Arkansas Library System/HRC Library (Little Rock)

    to aid in offering field-trip workshops and out-of-school enrichment, specifically focusing on Arkansas Ecology, biology, nutrition education, intergenerational learning, cooking healthy, gardening and basic farming, greenhouse education, pollinator education, place-based learning and public service.

  • Organization: Christ Episcopal Church (Little Rock)

    to support Green Groceries, an all-natural food pantry serving low-income families in the Greater Little Rock area. Their mission is to provide fresh, local food to low-income families in need.

  • Organization: Girl Scouts of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas (Little Rock)

    to support their Girl Scouting in Detention Centers program that equips girls in crisis (girls in grades 6-8 who are currently in the juvenile justice system) with leadership and life skills that improve their self-confidence and promotes academic achievement.

  • Organization: Lee Street Community Center (Fayetteville)

    to build a civil rights park next door to its office building on Main Street with the theme Regret for the Past, Hope for the Future, 1919-2019 and Beyond. The lives lost in the 1919 racial conflict will be represented by 240 old bricks from around Elaine.

  • Organization: Magnolia Columbia Co. Literacy Council (Magnolia)

    to provide qualified tutors through the School is Cool program to instruct and assist students with difficult areas of learning, before they slip through cracks in our educational system.

  • Organization: Mercy Mission Clinical Services (Hot Springs)

    to support the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Program that seeks to empower at-risk youth to understand personal safety concepts, situations and tools for health and resilience through prevention programming to 100 kindergarten – 6th grade students in addition to 10 staff people in the Hot Springs School District.

  • Organization: Mu Chi Omega (Helena)

    to support ASCEND, the signature youth development program for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which exposes high school students to the college search process, career exploration, cultural awareness activities and basic financial literacy.

  • Organization: Museum of Discovery (Little Rock)

    to support the Hands-On STEM Education at Aviators After-School Program which provides valuable after-school programming and enrichment to underserved African American children living in Little Rock’s 72204 ZIP Code.

  • Organization: Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center (Springdale)

    to support the NWAR Worker’s Justice Center Women’s Committee that is comprised of women from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds that meet once per week to create an open, safe space for discussion and support.

  • Organization: Ozark Mission Project (Little Rock)

    to provide construction of three wheelchair ramps for low-income families in the Pine Bluff area.

  • Organization: Pulaski Technical College Foundation (North Little Rock)

    to support the CHARTS Academy, a two-week summer educational program for 12-18 year olds that provides a realistic “college experience” for its participants.

  • Organization: Reach Out and Read (Little Rock)

    to purchase books for children in the Arkansas counties of Lee, St. Francis, Crittenden, Monroe and Phillips and recruit pediatricians and family practice physicians in this region to employ the Reach Out and Read model in their clinics

  • Organization: The CALL in Clark County (Arkadelphia)

    to train and certify two additional foster parent trainers for The CALL in Clark County.

  • Organization: Salvation Army (Texarkana)

    to support the Triple Play Kids Program, which incorporates three main components that educate children on how to eat smart, become healthy and keeping physically fit.