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2014 Project Grants

Growing Healthy Communities: 2014 Project Grants

ArCOP leadership believe that virtually free training ($20 registration fee; scholarships available) is made even better when participants have the opportunity to immediately put that new-found knowledge to use! So, thanks to funding from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas, ArCOP has awarded project grant funds to communities who attended Regional Summits.


  • March to May: Regional Summits
  • Thursday, May 22 @ 10:00 AM: Grant Project Application Review Webinar
    • PowerPoint: ArCOP-GHC-GrantApplicationPresentation-2014 (PDF)
  • Thursday, June 5 @ 11:59 PM: Grant application deadline.
  • Tuesday, July 1: Grant announcements. First half of funds awarded.
  • Thursday, July 10: Grantee Orientation webinar.
    • PowerPoint: Grantee Orientation Slides (PDF)
    • Black & White, Printer Friendly: ArCOP-GHC-2014-ProjectGrant-Orientation-BW (PDF)
    • Handouts: Grantee Orientation Handouts (PDF)
  • Wednesday, October 1: Midpoint reports due. Final funds released after receipt of midpoint report.
  • Monday, November 17: Grantee Webinar: Final Report (Presentation PDF)
  • Thursday, November 20: Grantee Webinar: Final Report (Presentation PDF)
  • Monday, December 1: Final reports due.
  • Friday, December 5: Statewide celebration event.

2014 Grant Awards

Arkadelphia – $550 to Becoming A Healthy Clark County Coalition on behalf of Clark County Health Department in Arkadelphia for Cooking Matters at the Store.

Big Dam Bridge – $2400 to Big Dam Bridge Foundation on behalf of Garver Inc. & Fit2Live in North Little Rock for Big Dam Bridge Water Station.

Bradford – $1100 to Bradford School District for Buried Treasures.

Cedar Ridge School District – $2000 to Cord-Charlotte Elementary School in Charlotte for Worksite Wellness.

Central Little Rock – $1100 to Village Commons in Little Rock for Community Garden at the Young Adult Opportunity Center.

City of Camden – $3900 to City of Camden for Camden Home Grown Farmers Market and Community Garden.

City of Greenbrier – $3700 to City of Greenbrier on behalf of City of Greenbrier, Event Center for Technology to Expand and Enhance Personal Training Program.

City of Hampton – $1910 to United Community Resource Council (UCRC) in Hampton for Cooking Matters.

City of Hot Springs – $2150 to City of Hot Springs on behalf of AR Dept of Health (Garland Co) for Growing Healthful Eating in Hot Springs & Growing Our Gardens.

City of Magazine, Arkansas – $1088 to Magazine United Methodist Church & Magazine School District for Community Garden  “Use Your Melon in 2014”.

Clinton School District – $2258.96 to Clinton School District for The Yellowjacket GET FIT Program.

Dollarway School District – $1400 to Robert F. Morehead Middle School in Pine Bluff for Robert F. Morehead School Garden Project & Healthy Staff Worksite Wellness Project.

Fayetteville – $2000 to Fayetteville Public Schools for Seed to Student Garden Coordinator Program.

Flippin Schools Community Garden – $3500 to Flippin School District for Flippin Community Schools Garden Project.

Fordyce – $1540.80 to Dallas County Alliance Supporting Health in Fordyce for Cooking Matters & Cooking Matters AT THE STORE.

Forrest City, Arkansas – $2000 to East Arkansas Enterprise Communitys in Forrest City for Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle: Nutrition Matters.

Friendship Community Care – $2500 to Friendship Community Care in Bryant for Horticultural Therapy Flower Beds.

Harp Elementary – $1800 to Harp Elementary School on behalf of FoodCorps & Harp Elementary School in Fayetteville for Harp Hawks Soaring to Health & Springdale School District Farm-to-School Program Expansion.

Healthy Kids Community Garden – $1157.70 to Pattillo Center School, Inc. in DeWitt for Healthy Kids Community Garden.

Hope – $2497 to City of Hope Arkansas on behalf of Department of Community Corrections for Hope Farmers’ Market.

Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities – $750 to Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative in Pine Bluff for Cooking Matters at the Store.

Lake Village – $2800 to City of Lake Village for Healing Hearts: Community Garden Expansion & Healing Hearts: Worksite Wellness Infrastructure and Environmental Improvements.

Lamar School District – $3500 to Lamar School District for Growing Health Communities.

Little Rock – $2800 to Derek Lewis Foundation in North Little Rock for Cooking Matters 1.

Main Street Get FIT – $4250 to First Baptist Military Heights on behalf of FBC Learning Center in North Little Rock for Main Street Get FIT.

Marianna – $500 to University of Arkansas at Pine Pluff in Marianna for Providing Healthy Choices to School Lunch.

Marion County Home Town Health – $1550 to Marion County Home Town Health on behalf of Yellville-Summit School District in Yellville for It’s a SNAP! & Panther Produce Market.

New Addition – $3811 to New Addition Neighborhood Development Corp.(NANDC) in Nashville for NANDC : Each One Teach One Project Phase I & II.

North Little Rock School District – $2580 to North Little Rock High School Freshman Campus on behalf of Arkansas GardenCorps for NLR Community Farm Storage and Wash Station & NLR Community Farm Livestock Expansion.

Prescott – Nevada County – $800 to Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce for Prescott Farmers’ Market.

Rison – $1650 to Rison Shine Downtown Development Group for Rison Community “Teaching” Garden.

Searcy County – $1084.99 to Searcy County Community Center in Marshall for Growing Wellness Gardens.

Shannon Hills – $3000 to Let Our Violence End (L.O.V.E.) in Little Rock for Shannon Hills Farmers’ Market.

Siloam Springs – $1100 to Siloam Springs School District for School Gardens.

South Central Service Cooperative – $3000 to South Central Service Cooperative in Camden for Sweating the Stress Away.

Tri Cycle Farms Community – $3798 to The Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology on behalf of Tri Cycle Farms in Fayetteville for Crossroads Market & Tri Cycle Farms Cooking Matters.

UALR’s University District – $1500 to University District Development Corporation for Farmer Market Fridays.

Washington County – $1100 to EOA Head Start in Fayetteville for Garden Welcome Project!

Woodruff County/ARcare – $1100 to ARcare in Augusta for Woodruff County Cooking Matters.

Wooster – $2000 to Roadrunners’ E.H.C. in Greenbrier for Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market at Wooster Community Outreach and Education Plan.

Download & Share the Media Release: ArCOP-GHC-2014-ProjectGrant-Media Release


A minimum of $70,000 will be awarded in support of 5 month projects starting July 1 and ending December 1. Applications will have tiered budget requests, allowing communities to request funding for priority projects.

Eligibility Guidelines

Communities represented at ArCOP’s 2014 Growing Healthy Communities Regional Summits are eligible to apply for grant funds in support of projects utilizing the training received by community members. Only complete proposals will be considered. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, hospitals, schools, religious organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply. Other organizations that do not qualify for tax‐exempt status are not eligible unless operating under a fiscal agent that falls under one of the above-stated categories.

Selection Criteria

The following factors are considered, although not exclusively, in reviewing proposals:

  • Potential benefit to community
  • Capacity of community to achieve results as outlined within 5 month project period
  • Evidence of a plan for evaluating project
  • Potential for sustainability of project beyond grant period
  • Evidence of cooperation or collaboration within the community
  • Innovation & creativity of the project

Award Payments

Grant recipients will receive the first half of their award with their notification letter. The second half of the award will be mailed after the receipt of the grantees countersigned grant agreement and midpoint report.

Promotion Policy

ArCOP is proud of the communities it works with and projects on which it collaborates. All grant collaborations & projects will be publicized on and other sources as a means to inform others on the work happening in Arkansas to reduce obesity.

Evaluation Reports

Grantees are required to complete a Midpoint and Final Evaluation utilizing this guideline: ArCOP-GHC-2014-ProjectGrant-Evaluation Questions (PDF) (Word)