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Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program (RCGP)

Grants to Arkansas Local Governments to
Strengthen Rural Amenities and Infrastructure

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

Deadline Date:

03/08/18 4:30 PM Postmarked


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Arkansas municipalities and unincorporated communities to strengthen services and infrastructure in rural areas. Funding may be used to improve local fire protection services, including associated emergency services and construction, as well as the improvement and development of community facilities.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177147

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.”

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.

Pre-Application Information:

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 2018 applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017 and ending in March 2018. 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 10, 2017
-Cycle II - March 8, 2018

Contact Information:

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
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 682.6011 / 1-888-RURAL-AR

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USA: Arkansas