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Heritage Month Grant Process

Grants are available to help communities and organizations develop meaningful Heritage Month events and programs in their areas. These are the general guidelines:
  • The grant process typically opens each year in October, with an application deadline in mid-December.
  • Grants will be awarded in February for Heritage Month events to be held in May.
  • Grant awards can be up to $5,000 for a qualifying event.
  • Grant applications must reflect the current year’s theme.
  • Grant awards require a 25 percent match, either in cash and/or in-kind.
  • The project must occur during the month of May.
  • The applicant must be a non-profit or not-for-profit organization.
  • The applicant must not be an agency of local, county or state government. However, collaborative efforts, such as friends groups involving state agencies, are acceptable.
  • Grants will not be awarded to fund ongoing operating cost of the organization.

2015 Heritage Month Grants

Heritage Month 2015 Theme: “From the Delta to the Hills: Different Landscapes, a Common Heritage"

Arkansas is blessed with a wide variety of landscapes and land forms – from the Delta with its rivers and bayous to hills and mountains with their lakes and streams. From plains to prairies to hardwood forests, Arkansas has it all. And those different landscapes have influenced how people live and what they do. The rich soil of the Delta has meant that, over the years, that region of the state and its rich farmland has supported everything from the sharecropper to the industrial farm that supplies the world. Other regions of the state are products of their environment as well, but whether you’re from north, south, east or west, we are all Arkansans and share that common heritage.

For a Heritage Month event, think about what makes your area special. It could be what the environment has to offer or what sorts of customs may be particular to your region. Plan an event highlighting or celebrating the special contributions your town or city makes to the overall Arkansas experience. Plan a tour of a particular feature that only occurs in your part of the state. Whatever you choose to present, plan an event that will honor your town and its people. Create something that will make others want to come and learn more about your region’s way of life.    

Heritage Month grants of up to $5,000 are available to non-profit organizations to assist them in developing events to be held during Heritage Month in May 2015. Applications are due in the Department of Arkansas Heritage office on Monday, December 8, 2014, no later than 4:30 p.m.

For more information about this grant program, e-mail randy@arkansasheritage.org.

Download the Application Form here

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