Rural Community Grant applications are now available for Fiscal Year 2019 from the Division of Rural Services. You may download an application by clicking the link below, or on the DRS Grants page, or you may request one by calling 1-888-RURAL-AR (1-888-787-2527).
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 for new fire stations, additional bays for existing stations, turn-out gear, communications equipment, fire trucks, SCBA's, extrication equipment and brush trucks.
Fiscal Year 2019 Deadlines are: Cycle I - August 9, 2018 and Cycle II - March 7, 2019.