012.10.97 Ark. Code R. § 001 - Arkansas Heritage Month Grants

Grant Program Goals

Here are the goals the Department of Arkansas Heritage has set for Arkansas Heritage Month Grants.

* promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas's heritage

* increase community-based groups' abilities to create Heritage Month programs

* make Heritage Month programs possible where they would otherwise not occur

* foster cooperative efforts to increase the size or scope of events

* create ongoing components to Heritage Month celebrations: a curriculum or teaching tool, exhibits, displays, a lively event that can recur, a photographic essay, a roadside exhibit, etc.


A 1:3 match is required from the applicant. This means that the applicant supplies at least one dollar for every three grant dollars. The applicant supplies one-fourth of the total project cost. The match may be supplied from cash sources or in-kind contributions such as volunteer hours, salaries, or other contributed sources, or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. Arkansas Heritage Month Grants may not be matched with funds from any other grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage or one of its agencies, or the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Application Basics

Your Arkansas Heritage Month Grant proposal should show familiarity with the grant guidelines, the goals of Arkansas ' Heritage Month, and the mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. It should show that you have set your own goals for your Arkansas Heritage Month project.

When you submit a request for support, it will be evaluated against the goals of the Arkansas Heritage Month Grant program as stated elsewhere on this page. Other evaluation criteria are listed on page 5.

Requests for funding must include the following items:

the grant cover sheet on page 7, signed by the person who will be responsible for making sure the grant is spent as reflected in the application

the application form beginning on page 8, using the space provided and additional space only as indicated

a total project budget using the form supplied on page 10.

Your application may be brief, using only the space on the application form, or you may attach additional sheets as directed on the form. Please do not use more additional space than indicated.

If you have questions about preparing an Arkansas Heritage Month Grant application, call the Arkansas Heritage Month grant coordinator, Jim Walsmith, at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, (501) 324-9150 [TDD (501) 324-9811], or e-mail info@dah.state.ar.us.

Evaluation Criteria

Arkansas Heritage Month Grants come from a limited funding source, so not every applicant can be funded. Since that is the case, these criteria have been established for making Arkansas Heritage Month Grants.

your organization's relationship to your local community

the degree to which the proposed project reflects the Heritage Month theme for the current grant year

the local or statewide impact of the program

whether the program results in an ongoing or lasting component

the degree to which the program shows collaboration and cooperation among community organizations

the degree to which the program will foster heritage tourism development

your organization's mission and sources of income

Arkansas Heritage Month Grants


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 state government (though collaborative efforts involving state government agencies are acceptable)

fund programs or events that disregard the need to preserve, protect or conserve historic sites, structures, artifacts and the environment, or are outside of accepted professional museum or environmental standards

fund "bricks and mortar" construction or staff salaries (but contracted personnel may be paid with grant funds).

Decision Process

The Arkansas Heritage Month Grant application process is designed to assist communities in planning and implementing meaningful Arkansas Heritage Month programs and events at the local level.

Grant proposals will be reviewed by a panel of Department of Arkansas Heritage agency directors and three Department of Arkansas Heritage commissioners. This panel will make funding decisions. Successful applicants will be notified early in January 1998.

Anyone with questions about the application criteria or decision-making process should call the Arkansas Heritage Month Grant coordinator at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, (501) 324-9150 [TDD (501) 324-9811], or e-mail info@dah.state.ar.us.

Application Deadline


Arkansas Heritage Month Grants will be disbursed and spent before June 15 of the grant year for which the grant is received, and a final program report and budget will be due by the end of the state fiscal year for which the grant is received.

Only one Arkansas Heritage Month Grant will be made to any one organization during any given grant year.

Grant recipients will be required to participate in an orientation program prior to receipt of award, at a place and time specified by the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

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1. In this space, describe your organization, including its mission and history information. Attach one additional page if necessary. responses must be typed, double spaced.
2. List the people, organizations, or communities that will benefit from your proposed project. Identify project partners. use only this space; responses must be typed. this response may be single spaced.
3. On this page, describe the proposed Arkansas Heritage Month Grant project. Indicate your goals for the project. Use up to two additional pages if you need them. Responses must be typed, double spaced.

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