The Arkansas Community Foundation and the Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative announced late Thursday the availability of grants from the Building Black Communities Fund, designed to benefit Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits.
Applications for grants of up to $25,000 each are being accepted through May 15. Click here for more details.
The grants, funded by Facebook, will support programs and initiatives designed to affect Black people and communities in the Little Rock metropolitan statistical area, which includes Pulaski, Saline, Perry, Grant, Faulkner and Lonoke counties.
Applicants must be led by a governing body that is 51% Black or the population it serves must be 75% Black.
"Our experience shows us that diverse, inclusive and equitable communities are stronger and more resilient. In the midst of the recent dialogue around the inequities facing Black communities, the Community Foundation recognizes the need for action," said Heather Larkin, president and CEO of Arkansas Community Foundation, in a news release. "Facebook Inc. has provided the funding, the foundation is providing the infrastructure to make the grants, and Black leaders in central Arkansas are guiding the grantmaking strategy for the Building Black Communities Fund."
Derek Lewis of the Black Philanthropy Collaborative said there's a funding gap for Black-led organizations.
"Our hope is the Building Black Communities Fund grants will bring empowerment and revitalization to Black-led organizations as well to minority and underserved communities," Lewis said. "The Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative hopes that the funding seeded through the help of Facebook and Arkansas Community Foundation will empower Black-led organizations to amplify their voice in the giving space."
The Arkansas Community Foundation is one of 20 organizations to receive funding from Facebook. The effort is part of social media giant's $1.1 billion investment in Black and diverse suppliers, creators and communities in the U.S.