The League has initiated a new, in-house grants services for our members. Caran Curry has joined the League as grants attorney, and brings extensive grant writing and management experience to the team. She will be working to disseminate information about grant opportunities, coach local grant writers through application processes, and coordinate and and teach education classes.
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Match is determined based on the economic severity of the area (range 0-50%), in-kind is permitted, leveraged funds help the application’s competitiveness.
Provides economically distressed communities with resources to address a wide variety of economic needs. Supports work for the creation and retention of jobs and to increase private investment, advance innovation, enhance manufacturing capacities, provide workforce development opportunities and grow ecosystems that attract foreign direct investment.
It supports construction, non-construction, planning, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects.
Permits administration costs.
Next step if interested, contact your regional Planning and Development District.
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Justice Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Phase II Deadline: Deadline will be announced May 3 Eligibility: Smaller cities & counties that did not receive funding directly from the Department of Justice
Amount of funding currently available: $1,994,970
These grants are very similar to the DOJ’s Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) but differ in that DOJ has expanded the typical costs which may be covered. Rather than being restricted to law enforcement/criminal justice, these funds may be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.
No matching funds required.
Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), additional personnel, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and projects addressing the medical needs of inmates in local prisons, jails and detention centers. The link for a list of more expenses is here: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/intergovernmentalServicesOffice/Allowable_ItemsCOVID-19_050520.pdf
While this grant permits expenses for other departments such as fire and health, preference is given to the ones with ties to the criminal justice system.
The grant also permits limited (10%) administration costs. There is also the potential instead of including up to 10% of the total grant budget as indirect costs which will let it be returned to the city’s general fund.
These grants will start on October 1, 2021 and run for a one year time period.
Stormwater – Environmental Protection Agency through the Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Division
Deadline: May 18, 2021 Total available funding: $600,000 Purpose: Implementation of stormwater management activities to meet the management requirements. Funding may be provided for planning, design and construction of treatment works to intercept, transport, control, treat, or reuse stormwater and other measures to manage, reduce, treat or recapture stormwater or subsurface drainage water. Eligible gray and green infrastructure projects may include:
Gray Infrastructure: conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment. Examples include:
Traditional pipe, storage, and treatment systems
Collection and treatment systems for reuse
Real-time control systems for CSO management. Sediment controls including:
Storm drain inlet protection
Planning and design activity related to an eligible capital project
Green infrastructure - defined as "...the range of measures that use plant or soil systems, permeable pavement or other permeable surfaces or substrates, stormwater harvest and reuse, or landscaping to store, infiltrate, or evapotranspirate stormwater and reduce flows to sewer systems or to surface waters." Examples include:
Green roofs, blue roofs, green streets, and green walls
Rainwater harvesting collection, storage, management, and distribution systems
Real-time control systems for harvested rainwater
Constructed wetlands, including surface flow and subsurface flow (e.g., gravel) wetlands
Bioretention/bioswales (e.g., rain gardens, tree boxes)
Wetland/riparian/shoreline creation, protection, and restoration
Establishment/restoration of urban tree canopy
Replacement of gray infrastructure with green infrastructure including purchase and demolition costs
Planning and design activity related to an eligible capital project
Other capital projects for the purposes of mitigating or preventing the impact of stormwater on wastewater collection or treatment
ARNC will screen potential applicants. To be considered, send an email to Ryan Benefield, Deputy Director, ARND, Dept. of Ag. at Ryan.Benefield@arkansas.gov with the following information for the proposed project:
City or town name
A brief description
The estimated start and end dates
State Hazard Mitigation Grant, Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, Department of Homeland Security
Due Date: June 21, 2021 Amount: Up to $300,000 Match: 25% (This is a reimbursement grant)
Designed for those jurisdictions that have repetitive losses.
Sample projects include: replacing low water crossings and existing bridges with an elevated bridge, installing or upsizing culverts, critical infrastructure retrofits to reduce natural hazard risk, soil stabilization, construction of retention and detention basins, and other activities that reduce risk from natural hazards within the jurisdiction.
Ineligible project examples include: warning sirens, projects solely for the prevention of washouts, maintenance projects (i.e. culvert and ditch clean out, road resurfacing or repair, levee maintenance), projects located on private property, projects located on federally owned property, and projects where work has already begun.
Projects must be completed between July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Send a Notice of Intent form to:
Arkansas Division of Emergency Management
Attn: Brenda Wilson, State Hazard Mitigation Grant Coordinator
Camp Joseph T Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199
Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership, Department of Justice Deadline: June 14, 2021 Match: 50%
Program funds 50% of the costs of vests provided that the agency has in place a uniquely fitted vest requirement when the application is submitted. "Uniquely fitted vests" means protective (ballistic or stab-resistant) armor vests that conform to the individual wearer to provide the best possible fit and coverage, through a combination of: 1) correctly-sized panels and carrier, determined through appropriate measurement, and 2) properly adjusted straps, harnesses, fasteners, flaps, or other adjustable features. The requirement that body armor be "uniquely fitted" does not necessarily require body armor that is individually manufactured based on the measurements of an individual wearer.
COPS Hiring Program (CHP), Department of Justice
Deadline: June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT Eligibility: All local law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. Amount: Up to $156.5 million is available for this program.
Competitive grant program designed to provide funds directly to law enforcement agencies to hire new or rehire existing career law enforcement officers to increase their community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts.
Anticipated outcomes of CHP awards include engagement in planned community partnerships, implementation of projects to analyze and assess problems, implementation of changes to personnel and agency management in support of community policing, and increased capacity of agencies to engage in community policing activities.
School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), Department of Justice Deadline: June 22, 2021 at 7:59 PM EDT Eligibility: All local law enforcement agencies that have primary law enforcement authority are eligible to apply. Amount: Up to $53 million is available for this program.
Competitive program that provides funding directly to States and units of local government to be used to improve security at schools and on school grounds in the jurisdiction of the grantee through evidence-based school safety programs.
Arkansas Rural Connect (first round of the State of Arkansas broadband grant initiative) Deadline: Extended indefinitely. Please submit your applications as soon as possible. Eligibility: Internet Service Providers (ISPs) apply for the funding, however, they are required to have a local partner (city, town, or county) “sponsor” them. Communities must have 500 people or more and 20% of the community must lack access to broadband. However, communities that do not meet the eligibility criteria can partner with other communities to meet the criteria and participate in this program. Also, the area must not have been a recent recipient of a federal grant for broadband updates. Information and Application:https://broadband.arkansas.gov/ar-rural-connect/
Arkansas Rural Connect currently has $4.7 million available, with the potential for additional funding at a future date. The grants will be distributed to ISPs to expand into unserved and underserved areas of the state. ISPs are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per location (homes or business) to upgrade, although it is anticipated that some projects will not be that expensive.
The ISPs and the Arkansas State Broadband Office do most of the work on the grant application process. The ISPs will submit applications which include technical and financial analysis of the proposal. The Arkansas State Broadband Office will have a team of technical reviewers analyze the ISPs’ proposals. A city’s or town’s role will be to “sponsor” one or more ISP by certifying to report on the project’s status twice a year, notifying the Arkansas State Broadband Office about complaints about the ISP, and notifying the State when the ISP has completed the installation. Mayors will also be asked to provide a short explanation about any outreach with the community before deciding to participate.
Department of Treasury, pass through to UAMS: Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant to Execute Due Diligence Studies Deadline: Funding distributed on a first come, first served basis until funding runs out Eligible: Cities, Towns, Counties Maximum number of awards: 30 up to $75K each; if the federal governments awards certain broadband grants to the grantees, then an additional award of $200K will be awarded to each grantee to defray certain expenses of the new federal grant, provided it is before June 30 2021. Award start date: ASAP Performance duration: Until Dec. 30, 2020, unless the CARES Act extends the date Information and Application: Institute for Digital Health & Innovation https://idhi.uams.edu/rural-broadband-grant/grant-application/ Contact Information:IDHI@uams.edu or 855-234-3348.
One time funding.
Neither previous award or current pursuit of such an award will disqualify cities applying for this grant.
The grant is to cover expenses for broadband due-diligence business studies incurred by prospective federal broadband program grant applicants.
No match required.
Eligible costs include broadband due-diligence business studies, defined as analytical research designed to acquire the data necessary to support applications for federal grants or loans for broadband development programs. Without limitation, broadband due-diligence business studies include:
Full feasibility determinations, including economic business plans
Twenty-year financial break-even analysis
Competitive broadband analysis
Demographic analysis, with comparison to other projects
The ordering of construction plans to maximize return
Analysis of federal funding opportunities
Some examples of eligible expenses include but are not limited to:
Broadband needs assessments through which community members can be surveyed for a desire for broadband, current accessibility to broadband, and limitations of current broadband, while broadband coverage can also be tested and mapped to correct any inaccuracies in advertised speeds.
Mentorships through consultation with other local governments and/or electrical cooperatives that have secured foundation, state, or federal broadband funding or have leveraged taxes or private investments to fund improved broadband infrastructure.
Formation of a Broadband Taskforce, comprising of community officials and community members to carry out the activities of the broadband due diligence business studies.
Securing consultative or contractual support as necessary to enhance local government knowledge in the diversity of options to improve broadband infrastructure, to include private contractors, broadband lawyers, and others with the expertise to advise on a broadband due-diligence business plan for local government.
Securing broadband lawyers to better negotiate and mediate with Internet Service Providers and/or electric cooperatives that could enhance targeted area broadband infrastructure.
Participation in education, both local or nationally, to improve the understanding of broadband and grant writing among local government leaders.
Hiring a CPA to perform audits and other financial analyses required for grant proposals.
Hiring contractors as necessary to assist in pursuing and writing broadband funding grants and loans.
Outdoor Recreation Grants, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism
Amount: Up to $250,000 for park upgrades Deadline: August 27, 2021, however there are other milestones [hold public hearings/briefings (virus permitting), community outreach, and a meeting with State Parks staff] that must be met to be competitive Eligible: Cities and towns Application:https://www.outdoorgrants.com/how-to-apply Match: Requires a dollar for dollar match (50/50%)
Requires a resolution passed by the city council supporting the application and once awarded, a requirement that if the land is ever used for anything else other than a park, the city must provide a park with the same fair market value.
This grant is ideal for including ADA compliant upgrades in low income areas.
The website linked above has a wonderful 18 slide tutorial called the “best little grant workshop in Arkansas” https://bit.ly/3rYP6vf.
FUN Grants, Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism’s FUN Grants
Amount: Up to $75,000 for parks Deadline: August 27, 2021, however there are other milestones [community outreach, and a meeting with State Parks staff that must be met in June to be competitive Eligible: Cities/towns with populations up to 2,500 Application:https://bit.ly/3cQMg7t Match: NONE!
The grants are for the development of most outdoor recreation facilities (except splash pads, concession stands, etc.)
Must have proof of control of the land.
For a wonderful 18 slide tutorial called the “best little grant workshop in Arkansas” Go to https://bit.ly/3rYP6vf.