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Grants Service

In-House Grants Service 

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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Current Grant Opportunities

Assistance to Firefighters Grant, Dept. of Homeland Security 
Application Period: 
Jan. 17, 2022
Available: A total of $414 million has been appropriated for this year’s competition.  
Match: 10%, except if less than 20,000 in population, then 5%.  Cash is required except on a case by case basis, FEMA may allow trade-in allowances.  There are also Economic Hardship Waivers available. 
For More Information: Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program |
Workshop Schedule and Link:

  • The purpose of AFG is to provide funding directly for firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.
  • AFG is a competitive, discretionary grant that helps fire departments purchase equipment, training, vehicle acquisition, modification to facilities, firefighter wellness/fitness. 
  • A total of $414 million has been appropriated for this year’s competition. FEMA expects to award 2,500 grants.  

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism’s Historic Preservation Grants
Application Period: Grant applications due on March 3, 2022.
Available: Range from $10K on up. (Some average around $60K)
Match: Varies depending upon type, either 2 to 1 (33.3%) or 4 to 1 (20%)
For More Information:

  • 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.


Rural Development Grants, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Eligible Applicants: Cities or towns with less than 3,000 in population
Match: 50/50% 
Application Period: Due March 10, 2022

  • Will fund: Purchase of storm sirens or construction of publicly owned storm shelters accessible to the citizens of the entire community.  
  • Renovations, new construction, or additions to fire facilities.
  • The purchase of fire protection equipment and vehicles.
  • The rehabilitation and/or retrofitting of newly acquired equipment and vehicles.
  • For More Information:


Community Development Block Grant, Arkansas Economic Development Division
Deadline:  April 15, 2022
For more information: Email Jean Noble at and visit:
Recorded webinar: (Passcode: @%#5vWm$)

  • Must have a population of less than 50K and have at least 51% of the population have a low to moderate income. 

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants, Dept. of Homeland Security 
Application Period: 
Early 2022
Available: A total of $560 million has been appropriated for this year’s competition.  
Prior Application: FEMA Grants Outcomes (

  • The purpose of SAFER is to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to assist with increasing the number of firefighters to help communities meet industry minimum standards and to attain 24-hour staffing to provide adequate protection from fire.
  • The SAFER Grant Program is a competitive, discretionary grant that helps fire departments hire new firefighters or change the status of part-timers. It provides three-year grants to assist fire departments by paying a portion of the salaries and benefits of the SAFER-funded positions. There is also a four-year grant to encourage more volunteer firefighters. There is a significant cost share (match) on this which may be waived by proving economic hardship. 
  • For more information, download last year’s SAFER FAQs (PDF).
  • For More Information: Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program |

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants, Dept. of Homeland Security 
Application Period: Early 2022
Available: A total of $46 million has been appropriated for this year’s competition.  
For More Information: Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program |

  • The purpose of FP&S is to provide funding directly to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate incidences of deaths and injuries caused by fire and fire related hazards.
  • AFG is a competitive, discretionary grant that helps communities with risk reduction, arson prevention, wildland, firefighter health and safety.
  • A total of $46 million has been appropriated for this year’s competition.  

Department of Justice (DOJ) 


Department of Commerce, Economic Development ​Administration, Economic Adjustment Assistance Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Available: $1.467 billion
Application and more information: and


Department of Commerce, Economic Development ​Administration, Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
Number of Awards: 3,000
Application: FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs Notice of Funding Opportunity (PWEAA NOFO)

  • Funding range: $100,000-$3,000,000
  • 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 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 with a population of 500 or fewer may now apply, but 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:

  • Arkansas Rural Connect currently has $30 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
Information and Application: Institute for Digital Health & Innovation
Contact Information: 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.