2014 Arkansas Rural Development Conference
This year the 2014 Rural Development Conference will be held May 21-23 in Rogers. CLICK HERE to download the 2014 Registration form and tentative agenda. Hotel arrangements can be made the Embassy Suites Northwest by calling (479) 254-8400. Make sure to tell them you are with the Arkansas Rural Development Conference!
If you have any questions about the 2014 Conference, are interested in sponsoring or participating as an exhibitor- please call our office at (501) 682-6011.
Download Agenda & Registration
General Improvement Fund Grant Program Applications Now Available!
Applicants from incorporated cities of less than 20,000 in population and unincorporated rural areas are eligible. Applications are now available for Fiscal Year 2014 from the Department of Rural Services. You may download an application by clicking on DRS Grants to the left of this page or request one by calling 1.888.787.2527.
The Cycle II deadline for FY 2015 applications is July 11, 2014.
Rural Community Grant Applications Available for
Fiscal Year 2014
Rural Community Grant applications are now available for Fiscal Year 2014 from the Department of Rural Services. You may download an application by clicking on DRS Grants to the left of this page or request one by calling 1.888.787.2527.
The last deadline for FY 2014 is March 14, 2014 (Cycle 3).
The Department of Rural Services helps preserve the rural values and way of life through a variety of grants.
Two such grants are the Rural Community Development Grant
Program and the Rural Community Fire Protection Grant Program.
Under these programs, the Department of Rural Services with assistance
from the Arkansas Rural Development Commission fund projects
such as baseball/softball fields, community parks, walking trails,
community centers, fire stations, fire trucks and other fire protection
related equipment. DRS accepts and funds applications three times
each fiscal year. Our upcoming deadlines for the Rural Community Grants
are March 14, 2014 and August 15, 2014.
In July 1999, DRS added two additional programs to assist rural
communities. The first is the County Fair Building Grant Program.
As we all know, the county fair is an integral part of life in rural
Arkansas, but they need money to stay viable. The County Fair
Building Grant Program has been established to help meet some
of these monetary needs. Fair associations located in counties
with a population of 55,000 or less are eligible to apply for up to
$4,000 per year under the program. Communities must provide
50% of the cost of the project as match to qualify for the grant.
The FY 14 deadline has already passed. We strongly
encourage all counties/county fair associations to apply.
The second is the Rural Services Block Grant Program. The
Rural Services Block Grant Program was established through
a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development
Commission. Unlike the other DRS grant programs, the source
of funding is federal dollars from Housing and Urban Development.
Under the Block Grant, communities with a population of 3,000 or
less and whose population is 51% low to moderate income are
eligible to apply for grants. Applications for this grant program
are currently available. This fiscal year's deadline is December 5, 2014.