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Grants to Arkansas Agencies for Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT) - Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
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Geographic Focus
USA: Arkansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/25/23 5:00 PM - Cover sheet receipt; Full applications must be postmarked by date. Save

Grant Description
Grants to Arkansas municipalities and county governments to create and develop outdoor recreation facilities for public use. Applicants are required to hold a public hearing concerning the project and to schedule a site visit prior to applying. Funding is intended for project development, land acquisition, or a combination of both types of activities.

Projects must fall into one of three categories: 

  • Development: Development projects include the construction, renovation, replacement, etc. of eligible outdoor recreation facilities.
  • Acquisition: Acquisition projects involve the acquisition, either through purchase, donation, or other legal means, of real estate to be used in direct support of public outdoor recreation and/or conservation
  • Combination: Combination projects include both the acquisition of real property and development of eligible outdoor recreation facilities.

Generally speaking, any outdoor recreation site, facility, or permanently mounted equipment (e.g., basketball goals and soccer goals) that will be open to the public is eligible for funding. Enclosed facilities that are in direct support of public outdoor recreation (e.g., rest rooms and concession stands) are also eligible for funding.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Funding assistance through an Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant is available to all incorporated municipalities and counties in Arkansas. Applications must be signed by the Chief Executive Officer – Mayor, City Manager, or County Judge – of the local government unit applying for assistance. While other interested groups, such as non-profits or advocacy groups, may provide donated funds, labor, or other assistance to the project, all expenses must be invoiced to, and paid by, the project sponsor to be eligible for reimbursement.

Community centers and facilities that do not directly support outdoor recreation are not eligible for funding. Programming, staffing, and other ongoing costs (such as routine maintenance) are likewise ineligible.

Pre-Application Information
Grant Deadline: 5:00 p.m. August 25, 2023

Applications must be submitted as a hard copy and postmarked no later than August 25th. Please e-mail the application’s cover sheet to your Project Officer so they know your application is on the way

Important Dates to Remember:
- April: Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant Application Guide available
- May 31, 2023: Last day to arrange a site visit for maximum PRS score
- June 30, 2023: Last day to hold a public meeting for maximum PRS score
- June 30, 2023: Last day to conduct community outreach (excluding Volunteer Activity) for maximum PRS score
- August 25, 2023: Application Deadline
- October 25 - 27, 2023: Grant Hearings

Applications must be submitted as a hard copy and postmarked no later than August 25th. Please email or fax the application’s cover sheet to your Project Officer so they know your application is on the way. Please retain a copy of your application for your reference.

An applicant who receives funding from the Outdoor Recreation Matching Grant may be reimbursed up to 50% of a project’s allowable costs. When preparing an application, the applicant will estimate the total cost it will take to develop their proposed project. Once the total development cost is understood, the applicant will apply for funding that does not exceed one-half of the estimated total development costs. For example, if a project is estimated to cost $100,000 to complete, the applicant will apply for $50,000.

Applicants who are awarded a grant are called project sponsors. Project sponsors do not receive funds before development occurs; rather, project sponsors are responsible for bearing the initial costs of implementing the project. Project sponsors will be reimbursed 50% of all allowable expenses, up to the grant amount, after all or a portion of the grant project has been completed. The project sponsor may request reimbursement multiple times during the development phase, or wait until the project is completed and request the full reimbursement. Please note that grant funding cannot be increased after it has been awarded. Project sponsors are not penalized for going over the estimated cost, but they will not receive any funding beyond the initial award.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request up to $250,000 in grant funding. There is no minimum request for funding.

Contact Information
Submit applications to:
Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

Telephone Number: (501) 682-1301
Fax Number: (501) 682-0081

If you do not have access to the internet, please contact (501) 682-1301 and the required forms will be mailed to you.

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