Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Division (ADA-NDR), formerly known as the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), is inviting proposals for funding under the Arkansas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program authorized through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act as administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The department will consider the submitted proposals for sub-award funding under ADA-NDR federal 319(h) grant.

Dec. 1, 2020, NPS staff will be available to assist with applications.

Jan. 29, 2021, is the deadline for all applications to be submitted.

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The Blue & You Foundation Grants

The Blue & You Foundation is accepting applications for mini grants of $1,000. Any 501(c)(3) public charity, public school, church, government agency or nonprofit hospital in Arkansas is eligible to apply for the mini-grants. Funding may be used to support an existing health-improvement program or support a new startup project. The Foundation is receptive to receiving applications to fund the purchase of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), naloxone/Narcan kits (for treating opioid overdoses) and Stop the Bleeding kits.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2021.

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Fire Prevention and Safety Grant

The FY2020 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and support projects that enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal is to reduce injury and prevent death among high-risk populations. The total program funding is $35,500,000, and the highest award is $1,500,000.

The deadline to apply for a grant is Feb. 26, 2021.

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Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program

The Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program coordinates federal, state, and private funding to implement projects, trainings and demonstrations. Counties or other road managers will leverage program funding for projects by matching one-to-one with cash or in-kind contributions and be eligible to apply for funding once they have completed an unpaved roads BMP training workshop. Grants are available up to $75,000 to implement best management practices and address unpaved road problems.

Project proposals will be reviewed by an advisory committee to prioritize limited funds. Preference will be given first to proposed projects in priority watersheds, which are identified by a criteria committee to include endangered species, drinking water sources, and other important characteristics.

All 75 Arkansas counties are eligible to apply for program funding through the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Natural Resources. Applications for funding are due each March and can be found on the agency’s website or by calling and requesting one by mail.

To find out if your county is eligible for a grant, contact Steve Stake at or Tony Ramick at

Grant applications are due March 1 of each year to be eligible for the current year's funding.

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UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Rural Broadband ID Grant

The UAMS Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Rural Broadband ID Grant helps local entities pay for broadband due-diligence business studies that will aid the grantee in seeking further grants for broadband development. Eligible studies include:

  • Full feasibility determinations, including economic business plans
  • Twenty-year financial break-even analysis
  • Competitive broadband analysis
  • Demographic analysis, with comparison to other projects
  • The ordering on construction plans to maximize return
  • Analysis of federal funding opportunities.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis beginning the date of the NOFO release and continuing until funds are exhausted.

AEDC County Fair Building Grant Program

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission is accepting County Fair Building Grant Program applications. The County Fair Building Grant Program is designed to assist rural county fairs with the construction and improvement of buildings through incentive grants on a matching basis. County Fairs located in counties with a population of less than 55,000 are eligible for up $4,000 per fiscal year on a 50/50 matching basis. 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.

Applications are due March 11, 2021.

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AEDC Rural Community Grant

Arkansas Economic Development Commission's Rural Community Grant applications are now available for Fiscal Year 2021 from the Division of Rural Services. 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.

The deadline to apply is March 11, 2021.

Click here for more information and an application. You may also request one by calling 1-888-RURAL-AR (1-888-727-2527).

Innovations in Reentry Initiative

The BJA FY 21 Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism, funded through the Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides state and local jurisdictions with the resources to identify assets and gaps in their reentry systems and improve their overall approach to reentry. The total program funding is $4,000,000, and the highest award is $1,000,000.

The deadline to apply is March 16, 2021.

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