Main Street Grants

 *These grants are only available for programs currently participating. To find out if your community participates in Main Street Arkansas, see our current local program list.

Public Art Grant Program

The Division of Arkansas Heritage’s (DAH) Public Art Grant Program assists Main Street communities and Downtown Network communities in enhancing the appearance of their environment by facilitating the collaborations necessary to build and strengthen an awareness and enjoyment of public art. The Public Art Grant Program assists communities that participate in the Main Street Arkansas program in the planning and implementation (including purchasing and commissioning works of art) of public art for places viewable by the public within the Main Street district and on gateways to Main Street districts. Projects must be new, site specific, public art not memorial statues or works of religious nature. The artworks can include, but are not limited to, murals and tile work, paintings and drawings (of permanent nature), and sculpture. The artwork must be freely visible and accessible to the public for at least two years. After installation of public art, applicant will be required to coordinate an unveiling event with DAH.

Toad Statue sitting on bench, Conway
Mural in West Memphis Guitar Horn Colorful
Debra Fithen

DAH Grants Manager

Letter of Intent Deadline: August 5, 2024
Application Deadline: October 10, 2024
Project Duration: Project should be completed within 12 months of award notification. 
Maximum Award: $1,000 to $10,000 (larger projects may be considered if funding is available)
Match Ratio: 1:1 cash match 

How to Apply

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

Once you have completed the LOGON process, you will enter the ACCESS CODE: PAG

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

Accredited Main Street programs and Arkansas Downtown Network programs are currently the only entities eligible to apply for public art grants through this program. The Main Street and Downtown Network cities must be active at the time of application and remain active in the program throughout the duration of the grant. If a program becomes inactive, it will be considered ineligible for award and will void award agreement.
The grant may be used as reimbursement for the cost of commissioning, designing and installing artwork. The grant may not be used for general administrative expenses incurred by the applicant or any of the collaborators—which include administrative salaries/benefits, capital expenditures, or general marketing costs—or to cover artistic and technical staff salaries/benefits for the applicant or any collaborator. Questions on the appropriateness of a proposed budget line item should be referred to the grant administrator.
A grant request must be matched 1:1 by cash from sources other than the Division of Arkansas Heritage or its divisions. Matching funds that are anticipated at the time of application must be received and obligated within 6 months of award. In-kind contributions may not be used as matching funds on an application, nor counted as matching funds on final reports. They should, however, be included in applications as evidence of the commitment of other resources to the applicant.