Apply for a Grant
1. Review our Mission and Moving the Needle strategic plan goals
2. Complete and submit the online Letter of Intent
3. Letter of Intent Review and Invitation to Complete a Full Application
4. Application review and approval
determine if your proposal is consistent with WRF’s focus, review our Mission
and Vision and Moving
the Needle strategic plan goals. Click here to
learn more about the Foundation's strategic plan.
To receive a grant, your organization must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:
- You are a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization OR a government agency, school, college, or university
- The initiative that you are proposing directly or significantly has an impact within the state of Arkansas
We do NOT make grants to:
- Support capital expenditures (construction, major renovations, equipment, or supplies)
- Provide operating support to cover budget shortfalls
- Support fundraising campaigns
- Support basic scientific research
- Support endowments
- Support initiatives that do not directly or significantly have an impact
within the state of Arkansas
Who Should Apply
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.
You may want to review our recent grantees to learn more about what we fund.
Priority Issues for WRF
Moving The Needle (MTN) is a multi-year strategic plan that builds on WRF’s nearly 40-year history of grantmaking. Through MTN, WRF has the following strategic goals:
- Reduce the number of Arkansas families living below 200 percent of the federal poverty line
- Increase high school, career education, and college graduation rates in the state
- Increase educational attainment and economic mobility in select communities in Arkansas
- Show that strategic support and good grantmaking practices can help nonprofits achieve our MTN goals within the parameters of their missions
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 initiatives. While we encourage new
ideas, unsolicited proposals will be considered only if they are securely
aligned with the strategies and goals of MTN.
In addition to the guidelines listed above, MTN and WRF’s grantmaking is guided by the following principles:
- WRF will focus its efforts on people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity.
- WRF will be held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.
- WRF will use its resources to understand the problems contributing to poverty in Arkansas and develop long-term, system-focused solutions to those problems.
The Foundation accepts online Letter of Intent (LOI) submissions. The LOI begins with a short eligibility quiz. If basic eligibility is met, the applicant will be given the opportunity to complete the LOI. By creating a user ID and password, the applicant may save a partial LOI and return at a later time to complete the LOI and submit it to WRF. Please save your user ID and password as you will continue to need them in other steps of the grant application process and if your proposal is approved.
While the online LOI process is intended to be user-friendly, applicants
may contact WRF Program Staff at 501-376-6854 for clarification. The links to preview and complete a LOI are below.
Complete a LOI
Retrieve a saved LOI
LOIs 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. Organizations whose LOIs receive favorable initial review may be invited to submit a full application and can receive guidance in the subsequent proposal preparation process from WRF program staff. The full application will be accessible online. A link will be provided if your organization is invited to move forward. As part of the full application, the applicant may be asked to submit a line item project budget, an organizational budget, and audited financial statements. The forms for a project budget are below.
Funding recommendations developed from the grant application are presented to the WRF Board of Directors at their quarterly meetings in March, June, September, and December. All funding decisions are made by the WRF Board, which may decide to award all, none, or some portion of the requested funds.
The review and selection process takes an average of six to twelve months from the time the completed LOI and related documents are received. Grant seekers are encouraged to begin the application process at least six to twelve months before the proposed funding would go into effect.