Grants of up to $2,000 to Arkansas nonprofit and faith-based organizations, governmental agencies, schools, and IHEs for health improvement projects and activities that benefit local residents. Funding may be used for projects and programs that focus on food security, car seats and accident prevention items, emergency response equipment such as AEDs, Narcan, stop the bleed kits, and health initiatives that will positively impact a school, college, or university.
Mini grants aim to support three categories of projects:
Food pantry support: Only food pantries are allowed to apply for this category.
Health initiatives in public schools, colleges, and universities: Only schools are allowed to apply for this category.
- Organizations or governmental agencies must be Arkansas-based (or if the applying organization is located outside of Arkansas, the project to be funded must specifically benefit Arkansans).
- Any 501(c)(3) public charity
- Public schools, colleges and universities
- City, county, and state governmental agencies
- Religious organizations are eligible, but the program cannot support theological functions or religious purposes.
- Organizations that received a mini grant last year are not eligible to receive a mini grant for two consecutive years. Organizations may only receive a mini grant every other year.
- Organizations cannot be a private foundation under IRC § 509(a)
- Political or lobbying organizations
- Athletes or athletic teams
- Beauty Pageants
- Greek or fraternal organizations
- Organizations cannot be in a contractual relationship with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.
Applications for mini grants are accepted January 1 – February 15, and organizations are notified of award decisions by March 15.
Programs or projects that have been funded twice by mini grants cannot be funded a third time. Organizations may apply for a mini grant with a new program idea.