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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 late 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.

2014 Heritage Month Grants

Heritage Month 2014 Theme: “Come to the Table: Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas

Heritage Month 2014 - Come to the Table: Celebrating the Flavors of ArkansasThis year's theme is “Come to the Table: Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas,” and will highlight Arkansas foods and food customs. In early Arkansas, all food came from the land. Native Americans and early settlers needed to kill animals for meat and grow vegetables and fruits or know what native plants and fruits were edible in order to survive. Over the years, we became less dependent on the land, but many dishes, such as beans and cornbread, are the types of foods that early Arkansans would have found familiar. Canning and preserving foods were necessities in order to survive the winters when things were not growing. Canning and preserving became an art and contests could be quite competitive at county fairs to determine who had the best recipe. Even today, “farm to table” describes the belief that the best food is that which is grown and harvested nearby and is the freshest when it gets to your table. And even high-end restaurants proudly proclaim that their food is “locally sourced.”

Heritage Month grants are intended to assist communities in promoting and preserving the important and unique heritage of all Arkansas communities. To plan an event and apply for a grant, think about what foods, customs or food-related events happen in your community that could form the basis of a Heritage Month event. Plan an event around a food that is unique to your area. Organize a weekend festival or sponsor a guided tour featuring crops, foods or customs in your town.

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 2014.