Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) - Division of Rural Services (DRS) and Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC)
Grants of up to $15,000 to Arkansas rural municipalities and communities to support local fire protection improvements and other community development projects. Funding may be used for renovations, retrofits, rehabilitation projects, and equipment purchases. Examples of facilities include fire facilities, community centers, libraries, museums, senior or youth centers, and parks and recreational areas.
Through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program (RCGP), the Arkansas Rural Development Commission and the Division of Rural Services strive to enhance the quality of life in the state by providing incentive grants on a matching basis. The Rural Community Grant Program can assist with the improvement of local fire protection, including related emergency services and construction, along with the development and improvement of community facilities.
Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population (verifiable by current U.S. Census information) are eligible to apply for assistance through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program. In keeping with the enabling legislation, a rural area is defined, for the purpose of this program, as “all the territory of the State of Arkansas that is not within the outer boundary of any city or town having a population of 20,000 or more according to the latest federal census or within such a city’s or town’s neighboring urbanized areas.”
What Type of Projects are Eligible:
Projects eligible for funding consideration under the Rural Community Grant Program include, but are not limited to:
-Renovations, new construction or additions to publicly owned buildings such as civic or community centers, senior or youth centers, libraries, museums, and etc.
-Renovations, new construction, new equipment, or additions to parks and other publicly owned recreational facilities such as baseball or softball fields, landscape or beautification projects, park and picnic areas, jogging/walking trails, and etc.
-Purchase of storm sirens or construction of publicly owned storm shelters accessible to the citizens of the entire community.
-Renovations, new construction, or additions to fire facilities.
-The purchase of fire protection equipment and vehicles.
-The rehabilitation and/or retrofitting of newly acquired equipment and vehicles.
GrantWatch ID#: 177147
Applicants with an eligible project may apply for up to $15,000.
Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population (verifiable by current U.S. Census information) are eligible to apply for assistance through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program. In keeping with the enabling legislation, a rural area is defined, for the purpose of this program, as “all the territory of the State of Arkansas that is not within the outer boundary of any city or town having a population of 20,000 or more according
to the latest federal census or within such a city’s or town’s neighboring urbanized areas.”
If you are incorporated, you must apply through your mayor. Unincorporated areas must apply through the county judge. This process includes completion of the application form and presentation of it to the local council if applying through the city, or quorum court if applying through the county.
Projects not eligible for funding consideration under the Rural Community Grant Program include, but again are not limited to:
-Municipal buildings such as courthouses, city halls, police stations, sheriff’s offices, and city or county jails.
-Cemetery and other city or county facility fencing and maintenance.
-Chatting and paving of driveways, parking lots or roadways.
-Fairground and rodeo construction owned by incorporated associations. (Please see DRS County Fair Building Grant Program for fairground projects only.)
-Any costs associated with normal day-to-day operations or maintenance.
-Debt financing of any type, new or existing. (Debt financing is defined for the purpose of this program as reimbursement of new or existing loans, loan payments, or reimbursement for equipment, facilities, labor, or property already purchased or constructed.)
-Training, travel, or any other personnel related expenses.
-Any contingency or emergency fees.
Due to the limited amount of funds available for rural communities, the Arkansas Rural Development Commission has elected to make the following entities and projects ineligible for grant funding: county health units, schools/preschools, transfer stations, water projects, elections, and private, non-profit associations.
Note: Applicants are not eligible for a Rural Community Grant if the community/city has an RCGP grant currently open. Once the grant has been closed out, applicants are eligible to apply.
The Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program is a 50/50 matching program. This requires that the applicant must be able to match its grant award with a like amount of cash and/or property in-kind (fair market value, based on verifiable documentation provided by the applicant).
The program operates on a continuous cycle, with awards twice each state fiscal year. Fiscal year 2019 applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2018 and ending in March 2019. Applicants must gain the approval of their local governing body and the application must be signed by the county judge or mayor who will be ultimately responsible for the grant should it be received.
-Cycle I - August 9, 2018
-Cycle II - March 7, 2019
Applications received postmarked after the deadline date will not be eligible for consideration.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Tonya Hass, Rural Community Grants Manager
(501) 682.6011 / 1-888-RURAL-AR
Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
USA: Arkansas: Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas