Walton Foundation Announces $500K Grant Program for Students


Walton Foundation Announces $500K Grant Program for Students

The Walton Family Foundation announced Wednesday that it has or will distribute $500,000 to Little Rock nonprofits to help meet the needs of local students through the Community Support Grant Program. 

To date, more than $300,000 has been distributed to the Central Arkansas Library System and AR Kids Read for tutoring programs, the foundation said.

In the coming weeks, CALS will launch the Count UP Tutoring Program through its Children’s Library and Learning Center. Students will be able to connect with tutors in real time to solve unique challenges, or participate in ongoing, one-on-one tutoring with volunteers. AR Kids Read will expand virtual tutoring to reach more Little Rock students.

The foundation will distribute the rest of the $500,000 to Little Rock nonprofits, in grants of up to $50,000 each. 

Based on a survey of 667 residents, the foundation has decided grantees will prioritize at least one of the following:

  •  Helping students improve in specific subject areas, such as reading or math.
  •  Offering one-on-one tutoring or student group programs.
  •  Equipping parents and guardians with the tools and training they need to assist their children with online learning.

The deadline to apply for the grants is Oct. 7. Click here to apply.