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Arkansas Department
of Rural Services

101 East Capitol, Suite 202
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Call Toll Free: 1-888-787-2527
In Little Rock: 501-682-6011
Fax: 501-682-6014
Contact DRS by Email:
Rural.Arkansas@arkansas.gov

 

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Rural Community Development Grant Program

Rural Fire Protection Grant Program

Applicants from incorporated towns of less than 3,000 in population and unincorporated rural areas are eligible for up to $15,000 in matching funds under this program. The match ratio on the program is 50/50. Communities wishing to apply for projects under the program must provide one half of the cost of the project as match. Match may be comprised of in-kind labor, in-kind materials or cash and must be available at the time of application. Applications for this program are accepted August through March of each year. Communities in the past have received funding for baseball/softball fields, community centers, walking tracks, park and playground equipment, pavilions, picnic tables, and library shelving.  Fire departments have received funding fornew fire stations, additional bays for existing stations, turn-out gear, communications equipment, fire trucks, SCBA's, extrication equipment and brush trucks.

The upcoming deadlines for FY 2014 are December 6, 2013 and March 14, 2014.

Click Here to download guidelines and application forms.

Click on the following links to download the documents necessary to close out your grant:

Record Keeping Requirements, Expenditure Report Form, In-Kind Labor Log


Rural Services Block Grant Program

The RSBGP funds new construction or renovation of community centers, fire stations, or multi-purpose buildings, and the purchase of fire trucks (pumper, tanker, brush or certain service trucks). This grant is made possible through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Applicants are eligible for up to $75,000.  The match for this grant is 10% and may be comprised of in-kind labor, in-kind materials or cash.

Grants are available to incorporated towns and rural communities with a population of less than 3,000. Additionally, the community population must be at least 51% Low to Moderate income. Click here to find your community’s LMI rating on the LMI Percentages by County and City 2000 Census.

NOTE: If your community is not listed on the LMI Percentages by County and City 2000 Census list OR your community has not already completed an LMI Survey, you will be required to conduct an LMI Survey to determine your community’s eligibility. You can request information about conducting an LMI Survey by emailing Rural.Arkansas@arkansas.gov or calling 1-888-787-2527.

The deadline for Fiscal Year 2014 is December 6, 2013.

Click here to download the 1st section of the Block grant application. Click here to download the 2nd section of the Block grant application.  PLEASE BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD BOTH SECTIONS OF THE APPLICATION.


County Fair Building Grant Program

County fairs located in counties with a population of less than 55,000 are eligible for up to $4,000 per fiscal year for construction, renovation or general improvements of county fair buildings or purchase of items shown to directly improve the building or the services that the county fair association may provide.

Click here to view the application for Fiscal Year 2015.  The deadline for FY 2015 is March 14, 2014. 

Click on the following links to download the documents necessary to close out your grant:

Record Keeping Requirements, Expenditure Report Form, In-Kind Labor Log


General Improvement Fund Grant Program

Applications are now available for the General Improvement Fund Grant Program Cycle II. Applications will be accepted after April 7, 2014 until the deadline on Friday July 11, 2014. Please call our office at 501.682.6011 with any questions.

General Improvement Fund Community Enhancement: GIF 1*

Eligible applicants are from cities and communities of 20,000 or less. County projects do not have a populations limit; however, they must serve a rural area. Applicants are eligible to apply for up to $150,000. Projects must be for city and county enhancement projects, including nonprofit organizations (non-profits must go through their city or county to apply). Click here to download the GIF Community Enhancement Grant Application.

General Improvement Fund Fire Protection: GIF 2*

Eligible applicants are from cities and communities of 20,000 or less. County projects do not have a populations limit; however, they must serve a rural area. Applicants are eligible to apply for up to $50,000. Communities in the past have received funding for new fire stations, additional bays for existing stations, turn-out gear, communications equipment, fire trucks, SCBA's, extrication equipment and brush trucks. Click here to download the GIF Fire Protection Grant Application.

General Improvement Fund County Fair: GIF 3*

There is not a county population limit. Applicants are eligible for up to $15,000. Eligible projects improve county fairs, rodeos, or riding arenas that are controlled by the city or county. Click here to download the GIF County Fair Grant Application.

 

Click on the following link to download the document necessary to close out your grant: Close-out documents


Limitations

Projects NOT eligible for funding consideration under the Rural Community Development Grant Program, Rural Fire Protection Grant Program, and Rural Block Grant Program include, but are not limited to:

  • municipal buildings (courthouses, city halls, police stations, sheriffs offices, and city or county jails);

  • cemetery and other facility fencing and maintenance;

  • chatting and paving of driveways and parking lots;

  • fairground and rodeo construction owned by incorporated associations (see DRS County Fair Building Grant Program for fairground projects only)

  • 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 other personnel related expenses;

  • contingency fees.

  • County health units

  • Schools

  • Transfer stations

  • Water projects

  • Emergency shelters

  • Elections, and

  • Private, non-profit associations