Community Funds

Neighbors Work Together
to Support Local Needs

There’s strength in working together. Our Community Fund program offers a framework for people from a defined geographic area to come together to support common causes.

Community members collectively raise a shared pool of funds for making grants within their local community. A local advisory board assesses needs and opportunities to determine award grants making the most positive impact in the targeted community. 

How Is a Community Fund Different from an Affiliate?

Affiliates have a local office, part-time executive director and responsibility for local donor services, fund development, community leadership initiatives and administration. Affiliates serve one or more Arkansas cities or counties, bringing the full services of the Community Foundation to the area they serve.

Rather than providing the full services of the Community Foundation through a staffed office, a Community Fund group is focused solely on raising funds for a central grantmaking pool and awarding those funds to causes in their specified area. The fund can be established to serve a single town or community, rather than an entire county.

Learn more about how these Community Funds are working to grow and improve their areas.

Fairfield Bay Community Fund 

Jackson County Community Fund (coming soon)

Lonoke Community Fund (coming soon)

Contact our Community Investment staff to learn more

Sarah Kinser

Chief Program Officer


Rhonna Wade

Affiliate Human Resources Director