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.

Water and Wastewater Funding

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) is accepting applications for water and wastewater federal and state funding. Funds must be used for capital improvement projects and not maintenance projects. ANRC has funded projects for $5,000 up to $50,000,000.

Completed applications must be received at least 30 days before the commission date.

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DHS Flood Mitigation Assistance

Counties are eligible to apply as subapplicants for the Dept. of Homeland Security Flood Mitigation Assistance program. It makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.

The application start date is Sept. 30, 2021. The application deadline is Jan. 28, 2022.

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Rural Energy for America Program grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting applications for grants and loan guarantees through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Rural small businesses and agricultural producers are eligible to apply for grants and loans to fund renewable energy systems and to purchase, install and construct energy efficiency improvements. State and local governments are eligible to apply for funding to conduct energy audits and provide development assistance.

The deadline to submit grant only applications is November 1, 2021, and loan and grant combined applications is March 31, 2022.

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