Impact In Arkansas
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To determine if your grant proposal is consistent with WRF’s focus, review our Mission and Vision and Moving the Needle strategic plan goals.
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Who Should Apply
Tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Arkansans are eligible to apply for funding. Government agencies, schools, colleges, and universities seeking funding that will be specifically earmarked for charitable purposes are also eligible. The Foundation makes grants in Arkansas and, on a limited basis, to regional or national organizations doing work in Arkansas.
Priority Issues for WRF
Moving The Needle (MTN) is a multi-year strategic plan that builds on WRF’s 35-year history of grantmaking. Under MTN, WRF has the following strategic goals:
The ambitious MTN agenda requires WRF to focus on a few goals and, in collaboration with other public and private donors, devote resources strategically to a mix of research, advocacy, and direct service projects. While we encourage new ideas, unsolicited proposals will be considered only if they are securely aligned with the strategies and goals of MTN.
The Foundation accepts online application submissions. The application begins with a short eligibility quiz. If basic eligibility is met, the applicant will be given the opportunity to complete the application and attach a line item project budget, an organization budget, and a board of directors list. By creating a user ID and password, the applicant may save a partial application and return at a later time to complete the application and submit it to WRF. While the online application process is intended to be user-friendly, applicants may contact WRF Program Staff at 501-376-6854 for clarification.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. An initial review by WRF program staff determines fit with the Foundation’s vision, mission, and funding priorities. The review and selection process takes an average of three to six months from the time the completed application and related documents are received. Grant seekers are encouraged to begin the application process at least six months before the proposed funding would go into effect.