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Grants to Small Arkansas Communities to Develop
or Enhance Outdoor Recreation Facilities

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Deadline Date:

08/25/17 5:00 PM or Postmarked


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Grants of $45,000 to Arkansas small incorporated cities or rural communities of 2,500 or fewer residents to establish a local park or make fundamental improvements to existing outdoor facilities. Applicants must schedule a meeting at the proposed site prior to July 28, 2017. Parks must be designed for people of all levels of abilities and ages.

Grant funds must be spent for construction, materials, labor, and fixed equipment only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172849

Number of Grants:

Up to ten

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

A one (1) year state contract will be tailored for each project based on the equipment and facilities approved by the department staff. Time extensions may be approved. Any project not completed within two years will be terminated and the balance of funds returned to the grant pool.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only incorporated cities with a population of fewer than 2,500, as established by the most recent census, or unincorporated communities (applying through the County) are eligible for grant funding.

Only the mayor or county judge of the local governing jurisdiction may sign and submit the application.

All applications must be accompanied by a city council resolution or a Quorum Court order authorizing the project application.

The applicant must own or lease property suitable for a park. The project site must be of sufficient size and be suitable for park development. Facilities and equipment must be positioned to allow for barrier-free access.

Grant funds shall not be used to maintain existing parks, equipment, or facilities.

Grant funds may not be used to rent or purchase tools, construction equipment, and supplies such as gloves, bats, etc. Salaries for public officials, city workers, and fees to prepare the application are not eligible project costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Each prospective applicant must contact the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Outdoor Recreation Grant Staff prior to Friday, July 28, 2017, and schedule a meeting at the proposed project site to determine if the site is suitable for the proposed development.

To apply, download the attached guidelines and application form. Applications may be faxed to 501-682-0081; however, the original application with original signatures must then be mailed and postmarked no later than Friday, August 25, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be faxed to 501-682-0081; however, the original application with original signatures must be mailed and postmarked no later than the grant application deadline.

John Beneke, Director

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Outdoor Recreation Grants
1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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USA: Arkansas