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County Fair Building Grant Program

Grants to Arkansas Rural County Fairs
to Improve Fairgrounds and Facilities

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Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), Division of Rural Services (DRS) and Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC)

Deadline Date:

03/07/19 11:59 PM Postmarked


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Grants of up to $4,000 per fiscal year to Arkansas rural county fairs for projects that improve fairgrounds and facilities. Funding is available for renovations, general improvements, and construction projects, as well as the purchase of items that directly improve county fair buildings or services.

Examples of eligible projects include construction or renovation of livestock or exhibit buildings, concession stands and ticket booths, restroom facilities, auditoriums and pavilions. Also eligible may be the purchase of equipment such as doors, windows, siding, roofing, lawn mowers, toilets, showers, bleachers or other seating, major appliances (stoves, ovens, freezers, refrigerators, etc.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177146

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up $4,000 per fiscal year

Term of Contract:

All project expenditures must be completed within 12 months after the date of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

County Fairs located in counties with a population of less than 55,000 are eligible.

Grant funds may not be used to reimburse any part of the project already purchased or constructed. No part of the project may begin until after the community has received their grant check.

Ineligible Project Types: Projects for rodeos, fairs operated by private individuals or corporations, state fairs, operating or utility costs, paving parking lots, reimbursement of any kind, any costs associated with day to day maintenance.

Note: If you are not positive that your project is eligible, please call and speak to the County Fair Building Grants Manager.

Pre-Application Information:

Fiscal Year 2019 applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2018. The deadline for Cycle I is August 9, 2018 and Cycle II is March 7, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline to allow DRS staff to thoroughly review the application and assist applicants in correcting any deficiencies prior to the deadline.

Applications received postmarked after the deadline date will not be eligible for consideration.

County fair organizations wishing to apply for a grant under the County Fair Building Grant Program are required to apply through their county judge’s office. To be considered eligible, all applications must be signed by the county judge and approved by the quorum court.

Individual proposal consultations can be arranged with staff by appointment.

The County Fair Building Grant is a 50/50 matching program. This requires that the applicant must be able to match the grant award with a like amount of cash, in‐kind labor, donated materials or land (fair market value, based on verifiable documentation provided by the applicant.)

Contact Information:

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

Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Division of Rural Services
900 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

For Questions Contact:
Grants Manager, Becca Caldwell: (501)-682-3292 / 1-888-RURAL-AR

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