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Arkansas Unpaved Roads Program

Grants to Arkansas Counties, Public Entities, and Unincorporated
Areas to Reduce the Negative Environmental Impact of Unpaved Roads

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Arkansas Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Division

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Arkansas counties, public entities, and unincorporated areas to reduce the negative environmental impact of unpaved roads. The purpose of the program is to use best management practices to reduce long term maintenance costs related to unpaved roads and the impact of sediment and road runoff to streams, rivers, and drinking water supplies.

The Program is designed to fund work on public roads with unbound road surfaces. These are surfaces of natural material or crushed aggregate that have not been incorporated into a bound layer using asphalt, oil, or other such binder. 

Program projects eligible for funding must focus on both unpaved road improvements and sediment reduction that is negatively impacting, or could negatively impact a named, priority water body covered by the Program. Projects should focus on worksites (identified pollution sites) and environmentally safe practices (ESM) to reduce pollution while providing a more stable unpaved road. Only projects that provide some form of environmental benefit, typically by reducing sediment and concentrated drainage to waterways, will be considered for funding. 

Priority Water Bodies In Order of Program Priority

  • A water body containing an aquatic species listed as threatened, endangered or a candidate species by the Federal Government or a water body that has been determined to be impaired as a result of turbidity or sediment;
  • A water body used as a drinking source for people;
  • A water body used as an interstate waterway;
  • A water body the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission had determined contains a species of greatest conservation need;
  • A water body important to agricultural or pasture land use; or
  • A water body important to forestry land use.

Applicants may apply for the full or partial costs of materials, equipment, and labor required for implementation of the grant project.

For more information on eligible project expenses, see the following link:

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GrantWatch ID#: 177145

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Eligible grant funds are capped at $75,000.

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An applicant should only apply for what can be completed and funded within the project timeline of one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public entities that own and maintain public roads in Arkansas that are open to public vehicle travel at least eight (8) consecutive weeks a year are eligible to apply for grants for Program funding. Counties are the primary applicants for Program funding. Other unincorporated areas with public, unpaved roads can also apply for funding as long as the entity has capacity to implement and manage a Program grant.

In determining applicant eligibility, it is important to focus on the entity that owns and maintains the road itself, not necessarily the land the road traverses. Often one entity owns and/or maintains the road through the property of another entity, for example a county-owned road might traverse through a State Forest, Wildlife Management Area, or National Forest. The entity that owns and maintains the road corridor is the entity that is eligible to apply for Program funding. In this case, the county would be the eligible applicant. The county must gain the approval of the County Judge to apply.

For the Program, driving surface aggregate (DSA) is NOT considered “paved” even though the material looks similar to pavement/concrete and is laid with paving equipment.

Projects not eligible for funding consideration under the Unpaved Roads Program include, but are not limited to:
• Roadways that have bound surfaces including oil, asphalt, concrete, or any mixture of sealed aggregate.
• Roadways that are not negatively impacting a priority body of water.
• Public roads that are open to the public for less than eight (8) consecutive weeks.
• Any and all private roads.

Salaries and other associated personnel expenses are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due March 1st of each year to be eligible for the current year's funding.

All proposed and funded projects are required to have at least a 1:1 match contribution and counties can apply for up to $75,000. All matching funds must be pledged at the time of application submission and be immediately available if an award is received.

Applicants are encouraged to conduct site visits with ANRC staff on-site to discuss the potential project before an application is submitted for funding in excess of $25,000.

All applications for funding must be approved by the ANRC. All applicants shall be notified in writing of the funding decisions of the ANRC and its Commission.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to: steve.stake@arkansas

If you prefer you can print it out and mail. Contact Steve Stake at the email address listed above for correct mailing address.

Kevin McGaughey, Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Division
Work: (501) 682-3908
E-mail: Kevin

Arkansas Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Division
1 Natural Resources Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 225-1598

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