Helping People in Arkansas Find Help

If you need individual assistance you should first look locally to see what resources are available before launching a full internet search.

On our site we are happy to provide free information on over 200 grant, loan, financial aid, and other benefits programs including help with food, help with rent rent and help with utilities.

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Many people look to the government hoping to find out how to apply for a grant or to get “free money.” However, grants usually go to state and local governments or nonprofit organizations, who then use the money to operate assistance programs locally. USA.gov has information about grants and loans.

Individuals looking for government grants and loans should visit http://www.benefits.gov/.

States and organizations looking for grants should visit Grants.gov.

Another source of information is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, which is a directory of over 15 types of federal assistance, including grants and loans. There are about 1,500 programs listed in the CFDA. Each program has a summary which explains program eligibility requirements, agency contact information, and application instructions.

If you are looking for grants from private foundations then we suggest you try the FREE tool offered by the Foundation Center below:

Foundation Finder is a lookup tool provided to the public free of charge by the Foundation Center. It provides basic facts on private foundations, community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate giving programs in the U.S.

Foundation Finder has been redesigned to allow you to:

  • Search by grantmaker name—including former, partial, and common names
  • Search by geography to identify grantmakers in a given city, state, or zip code
  • Search by EIN number

Tips for Using Foundation Finder

Need more detailed information on grantmakers than what’s provided in Foundation Finder? Consider subscribing to The Foundation Directory Online, with subscription plans starting as low as $19.95 a month.

Below are foundations that give to individuals:

Arkansas Foodbank
4301 W. 65th St.
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 565-8121
http://www.arkansasfoodbank.org

Arkansas Human Development Corporation
Contact: Clevon Young, Exec. Dir.
300 S. Spring St., Ste. 800
Little Rock, AR 72201-2424
Telephone: (501) 374-1103 Fax: (501) 374-1413

The organization serves local communities through programs in health, community-based housing, skills training, job development, and job placement. AHDC helps people become economically stable and involved in the development of their communities. It empowers and enables families and communities to improve their standard of living and quality of life. It provides support to rural residents in Arkansas who have been displaced from farm work or who are underemployed in farm work, meet an economic test, and are considered disadvantaged under the housing and urban development poverty guidelines. Support is given for educational expenses, job placement, transportation, child care, special equipment and uniforms, emergency assistance, residential and nutritional assistance, and micro-loans.

Arvac, Inc.
Contact: Bob L. Adkison, Exec. Dir.
P.O. Box 808
Dardanelle, AR 72834-0808
Telephone: (479) 229-4861
URL: http://www.arvacinc.org

The organization provides food, shelter, energy assistance and counseling to low-income persons and operates a recovery center for drug dependent men and women.

Phyllis A. Keltner Foundation for Women
32 Bretagne Cir.
Little Rock, AR 72223
Application address:
c/o University of Arkansas
Attn: Shannon Gwinn or Lee Covington, Dev. Dept.
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099

Grants awarded to single women with dependent children who are students at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

The Moulder Charities
Contact: Polly Jones, Pres.
11212 Vista Ridge Ct.
Fort Smith, AR 72916
Telephone: (479) 648-0569

Giving primarily to needy individuals.

Murphy Education Program, Inc.
200 Peach St.
P.O. Box 7000
El Dorado, AR 71731-7000
URL: http://www.murphyoilcorp.com/responsibility/community.aspx

The foundation awards grants to El Dorado, Arkansas, public school students in grades one through 12 who score high on standardized tests and to teachers.

Ozark Opportunities, Inc.
P.O. Box 1400
Harrison, AR 72602-1400

The organization provides community services block grants to organizations serving the needs of low-income individuals in Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy, and Van Buren counties, AR.

U.P.E.C. Friend to Friend Network
303 Pickwicket Dr.
Conway, AR 72034-6183
URL: http://www.uprr.com/employee/upec/friends/index.shtml

The organization exists to help Union Pacific employees, retirees and their families in times of need and family distress.

Wal-Mart Foundation
Contact: Brad Fisher, Dir.
702 S.W. 8th St.
Bentonville, AR 72716-0150
Telephone: (800) 530-9925 Fax: (479) 273-6850
URL: http://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/203.aspx

The foundation supports organizations involved with education, the environment, health, law enforcement, hunger, safety, youth development, children and youth, community development, and minorities and awards college scholarships.