Climate Refugee Resettlement Fund

What is this fund?

On Dec. 21, 2021, Fayetteville City Council voted unanimously to accept a $100,000 donation from long-time resident Dick Bennett. Mr. Bennett requested that the City use these funds to establish a trust fund to address migration and refugee resettlement services that may arise in the future. 

Read the resolution here


How will it be used?

The trust fund will serve as a pass-through to other organizations that provide climate refugee resettlement services. City administration will determine which organizations qualify to receive funding allocations. 

The City of Fayetteville, designated a Welcoming City, currently participates with several refugee resettlement services across Northwest Arkansas. This trust fund, in combination with the City's efforts towards net zero emissions and climate resilience, helps prepare the community to provide greater service and support for future needs. 

How can I contribute to the fund?

Individuals or organizations are welcome to contribute to this fund. 

Donating by check:
Please make check payable to City of Fayetteville and include "Climate Refugee Fund" in the description. Checks can be mailed to:

City of Fayetteville
113 W. Mountain St.
Fayetteville, AR  72701

How do I apply for refugee or migrant assistance?

Please contact one of our partner organizations specializing in providing assistance and services in Fayetteville and throughout the region. 


Note: The City of Fayetteville cannot contribute taxpayer money to this trust fund. Any contributions made will come from private individuals or organizations outside of City Administration.