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.
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: TBD very soon 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, 2020 and run for a one year time period.
Virtual Application Workshop: Nov. 3, 2020 (Try to participate in this.)
Match varies depending upon type, either 2 to 1 (33.3%) or 4 to 1 (20%)
Three options depending on whether the property is listed on the National Register or not.
The larger grant type requires a perpetual conservation easement on the property.
Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Division Section 319(h) Grants
Deadline: Applications due on Jan. 29, 2021; staff available after Dec. 1 to work with applicants
Information & Application: https://arkansaswater.org/319-program
This is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant funding
Match: 43% of the total project. It can be cash or in-kind.
Several cities have had these grants in the past including Little Rock for its Main Street Low Impact Development project and Conway. Agency website has great examples of reports from prior funded projects.
10% match of overall budget (in-kind is permissible)
The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) engages adults age 55 and over to provide loving and experienced tutors and mentors to children and youth with special or exceptional needs, or who would benefit from the one-one-one attention an AmeriCorps Seniors volunteer can provide. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, and childcare centers. Among other activities, they review schoolwork, reinforce values, teach parenting skills to young parents, and care for premature infants and children with disabilities. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers often maintain an ongoing, intensive relationship with the children and youth served for a year or longer.
Funds baseball/softball fields, community centers, walking tracks, park and playground equipment, pavilions, picnic tables, and library shelving. Fire departments have received funding for new fire stations, additional bays for existing stations, turn-out gear, communications equipment, fire trucks, SCBA's, extrication equipment and brush trucks.
50% match (in-kind is permissible).
Must have the approval of the governing body via resolution, if incorporated.
Grant application MUST be submitted by an Arkansas Economic Development Commission certified grant writer. Consultant fees can be included in the request up to certain amounts.
Cities not currently a party to one categorical grant and counties that are not currently a party to two categorical grants are eligible to apply under the program. Categorical grants include the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP) and the Rural Services Block Grant Program administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
For more information contact Becca Caldwell, Director of Rural Services Manager, 501-682-3292 or 1-888-RURAL-AR, BCaldwell@ArkansasEDC.com.
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, and that 20% must constitute more than 200 people. 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 Homeland Security – FEMA- Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) State Deadline: Notice of intent to apply due to Arkansas Division of Emergency Management on September 11, 2020 (Notice of Intent link not yet available)
This grant replaces the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program.
The BRIC priorities are to incentivize:
public infrastructure projects
projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines
projects that incorporate nature-based solutions
the adoptions and enforcement of modern building codes
Match: Generally is 75/25, however, a small impoverished community (less than 3,000 population, with per capita annual income not exceeding 80% of the national average) can have a match down to 10%. In-kind match is also permitted.
Must have a Hazard Mitigation Plan at the time of application. (Most counties have these.)
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.