Arkansas Heritage Grant


Evaluation Criteria

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

Arkansas Heritage Grants Will Not

  • 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 staff members (although travel for contracted personnel is allowed)
  • Fund ongoing operating costs of the organization


  • September 10, 2020
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Decision Process

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 Division of Arkansas Heritage Director. This panel will make funding recommendations. Successful applicants will be notified within 60 days of the application deadline.

How To Apply

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


If you have previously created an online account with Division 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 Division of Arkansas Heritage.

Additional Information That Will Need To Be Provided

Download and attach the form below with your application:

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