Heritage Month Grants

The Arkansas Heritage Month grant application process is now open. Each year, dozens of organizations statewide apply for and receive grants to help develop local events and programs that support the Heritage Month theme during May.

This year's theme is “Arkansas Arts: Celebrating our Creative Culture.” Arkansas is blessed with a wide array of talented artists as well as a population that appreciates art. From local arts and crafts fairs to community theater productions to the nationally recognized Crystal Bridges Museum in northwest Arkansas, there’s something for everyone in our state.

Heritage Month grants are intended to assist organizations and communities in promoting and preserving the important and unique heritage of Arkansas. To plan an event, exhibit or activity, think about what makes your area special. Is there an arts organization in your community that could host an event? Is there an artist from your area who is well-known? How do the arts improve and enhance the quality of life in your part of the state? Plan an event highlighting or celebrating the special contributions your town or city makes to the overall arts experience in Arkansas. Plan a festival that will make your town or city proud, or that will bring visitors in to experience the arts and culture that you offer. Whatever you choose to present, focus on what will honor your town and its people. Create something that will celebrate authentic Arkansas and make others want to come and learn more about your region’s way of life.

Grants of up to $5,000 may be requested by non-profit organizations to support a project that reflects the Heritage Month theme. To access a grant application booklet that outlines all criteria and the grant selection process, download the word document below, write to the Heritage Month Grant Coordinator at DAH, 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201; fax (501) 324-9154; or email Randy Dennis

Heritage Month Program Guidelines Application 2015 Heritage Month Program Guidelines Application 2015 (559 KB)

Applications must be received in the Department of Arkansas Heritage office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

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Future Heritage Months:

  • 2017 – Old State House Museum
  • 2018 – Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
  • 2019 – Bicentennial of Arkansas becoming a U.S. Territory (Historic Arkansas Museum)
  • 2020 – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
  • 2021 – Arkansas Historic Preservation Program