Arkansas Heritage Grant

Grant Purpose

  • promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas’s heritage
  • increase community-based and non-profit groups’ abilities to create Arkansas heritage related programs
  • make heritage related programs possible where they would otherwise not occur
  • foster cooperative efforts among organizations, businesses and government to increase the size or scope of events 
  • create ongoing components to heritage related celebrations: a curriculum or teaching tool, exhibits, displays, a lively event or festival that can recur, a photographic essay, a roadside exhibit, etc.


An Arkansas Heritage Grant proposal should show familiarity with the mission of the Division of Arkansas Heritage, which is to identify Arkansas Heritage and enhance the quality of life by the discovery, preservation, and presentation of the state’s cultural, historic and natural resources; grant guidelines; and the goals of the Arkansas Heritage Grant Program.

The grants will be evaluated against the goals of the Arkansas Heritage Grant Program criteria. Requests for funding will include completing the following sections of the online application:

  • Project Overview
  • Project Description and Justification
  • Line Item Budget/BudgetExplanation
  • Agreement andAuthorization

Answers may be brief. Please use the space provided as directed in the application process.


Arkansas Heritage Grants come from a limited funding source, so not every applicant can be funded. Since that is the case, certain criteria have been established for making Arkansas Heritage Grants to include:

  • your organization’s relationship to your local community
  • the degree to which the proposed project meets the grant program goals as set forth in these guidelines and the Notice of Funding Opportunity
  • the local or statewide impact of the project
  • whether the program results in an ongoing or lasting component
  • the degree to which the project shows collaboration and cooperation among community organizations
  • the degree to which the project will foster heritage tourism development
  • your organization’s mission and sources of income


  • exceed $5,000
  • fund academic research unless the research results in an ongoing component that can be shared by the community
  • be made to for-profit organizations or events, or directly to agencies of local, county, federal or state government (though collaborative efforts, i.e., friends groups, involving state government agencies are acceptable)
  • fund infrastructure (bricks and mortar) construction, staff salaries (although contracted personnel may be paid with grant funds), travel by paid staffmembers (although travel for contracted personnel isallowed)
  • fund ongoing operating costs of the organization


  • September 10, 2020

The Arkansas Heritage Grant is designed to assist communities in planning and implementing meaningful Arkansas Heritage programs and events at the local level.

Grant proposals will be reviewed by a panel of at least five (5) DAH staff members designated by the Department of Arkansas Heritage Director. This panel will make funding recommendations. Successful applicants will be notified within 60 days of the application deadline.

Complete applications must be submitted online by the second Friday in September.


If you have previously created an online account with Department of Arkansas Heritage for a grant through one of the resource divisions (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program/AHPP, Main Street Arkansas, Arkansas Arts Council/AAC, or Arkansas State Archives/ASA), do NOT create a new one.

If you have never applied for an online account with any Department of Arkansas Heritage program, click on “Create New Account.” To create a new account, answer the questions with the fields marked with an (*).

The following are NOT needed to apply:
a. EIN/Tax ID #
b. DUNS Number
c. Organization’s Longitude
d. Organization’s Latitude

2) Once you have completed the LOGON process, you will enter the ACCESS CODE: NewHG

3) After you enter the Access Code, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the blue APPLY button.

When submitting an online application, an eligible organization must include all application information requested and submit the complete application package by the grant application deadline. Only ONE Arkansas Heritage Grant will be made to any one organization during a given grant year. Grant recipients will be required to participate in an orientation program prior to receipt of award as specified by the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

Additional Information that will need to be provided

Download and attach the form below with your application.

2019 Heritage Grant Budget Sheet 2019 Heritage Grant Budget Sheet (38 KB)


2020 Arkansas Heritage Grant Update 2020 Arkansas Heritage Grant Update (167 KB)

If you have questions about preparing an Arkansas Heritage Grant application, application criteria or the decision-making process please contact us below. 

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