AR Black Hall of Fame Foundation Awards $40K in Grants

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) announced a total of $40,000 in grants for 16 projects benefitting minority and under-served communities across the state at their grant reception on May 23. The grants, administered by Arkansas Community Foundation, will support projects focused on education, health and wellness and youth development across the state.

The grants were presented in a ceremony at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. “Each year we are so energized by supporting these amazing projects that are positively impacting outcomes for children, families and communities throughout Arkansas,” ABHOF Foundation Chairman Charles Stewart said. “Our commitment to work with grassroots and other organizations to help improve education, youth development and health and wellness for the people of Arkansas is reaffirmed with each grant cycle.”

Over the past 13 years, ABHOF has invested more than $570,000 resulting in $520,000 in grants to Arkansas nonprofits. This year’s grant recipients are:

  • Ivy Center for Education, Inc. (Pine Bluff) – to develop a robotics team to compete in local and national competitions at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

  • The CALL in Clark County (Arkadelphia) – to recruit, train and support families to be foster and adoptive parents so they can provide safe, stable, loving, nurturing homes for children in foster care.

  • Ambitious Girls, Inc. (Little Rock) –  to host an EmpowHERment Day conference, a Christian-based project with a desire to educate and empower minority adolescent girls to practice the "BE Smart! BE Safe! BE Responsible!" platform which promotes the importance of education, awareness and prevention of teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and juvenile delinquency.

  • Star City FFA (Star City) – to build a cage-free poultry laying pen, designed and built by high school students in poultry science class. The pen houses up to 60 laying hens and provides fresh eggs weekly to the Lincoln County Lend a Hand food pantry.

  • Teen Promise Incorporated (Little Rock) – to support a 10-week “Making Healthy Choices” workshop seeking to teach females in Central Arkansas counties between the ages of 12 and 25 job readiness skills and how to live a healthier lifestyle.

  • Alex Foundation (McGehee) – to support Do It Yourself (DIY) Architecture and Design Summer Camp for youth by introducing 6th grade students to 21st century technical and creative skills that are transferrable to careers in demand. 

  • Our House Shelter (Little Rock) – to support Food Jobs Work program which provides sector-specific, hard-skills training to homeless and near-homeless adults for jobs in the food industry. 

  • Arkansas Birthing Project (Little Rock) – to bring the Birthing Project model to Helena/West Helena to reduce pre-term labor, low birth weight and infant mortality. 

  • Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy (Little Rock) – to support Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academies, created and recognized by the FAA, to support a two-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics academy.

  • Salvation Army (Texarkana) – to support Reading Rockets program which is a comprehensive, high quality instruction addressing all the basic abilities that are important in learning to read and write.

  • Ivy Foundation of Little Rock (Little Rock) – to support ASCEND, which provides 9th-12th grade students workshops on college and career readiness, cultural outings, community service projects and Model UN mini-simulations, as well as SMART/STEM Expo Camps.

  • AR Kids Read (Little Rock) – to support literacy education through community engagement and tutoring so that all children can read proficiently. 

  • Christian Health Center (Camden) – to support the goal to reduce teens’ pregnancy rate by 20 percent within four years. Ouachita County has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Arkansas according to the County Health Rankings.

  • CityYouth Ministries (Jonesboro) – to support Expression Enrichment, which is an art, dance and music education program serving 75 kids per week that aims to increase teamwork, discipline, creativity and focus by using art, dance and music classes.

  • Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center (Marvell) – to support African American youth and prepare them for careers in technology by teaching computer coding and technology skills during the summer months during a 13-session course.

  • City of Wilmot (Wilmot) – to support Camp All In, which is a free, six-week, summer day camp for underserved at-risk youth aged 6-17. The goal of the camp is to provide a high quality engaging summer program that will make a positive impact on the health and educational well-being of 100 area youth. 

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims to provide an environment in which future generations of African American achievers with Arkansas roots will thrive and succeed. The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame honors the contributions of African Americans through its annual Black Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and awards grants to support charitable endeavors in the Black community. Learn more at www.arblackhalloffame.org.

Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.

Original story:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation (ABHOF) is getting set to award a total of $40,000 in grants to 16 organizations.

A presentation is being held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

The ABHOF assists non-profit organizations throughout the state with fulfilling their missions.

With grants from ABHOF, organizations such as the Arkansas Birthing Project, the Milton Pitts Crenchaw Aviation Training Academy, and the Ivy Center for Education, Inc. can continue to meet the needs of Arkansans in their communities.

Since 2004, ABHOF has awarded more than $523,000 in grants.

Click here for more information on the grant application process.


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