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Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) Grants

Grants to Arkansas Agencies to Manage and
Acquire Land and Preserve Historic Sites

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Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC)

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03/02/20 4:00 PM


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Grants to Arkansas government agencies to protect and preserve historic and natural sites and buildings. Applicants must contact the Funding Source to obtain logon information and instructions to apply. Funding is intended to support projects that maintain and protect outdoor recreation, historic sites, and natural areas that are owned by the state. Funding may be requested for projects deemed to be of value for conservation or recreation purposes.

The Council will fund projects for acquisition, management and stewardship of State-owned lands or the preservation of State-owned historic sites, buildings, structures or objects which the Council determines to be of value for recreation or conservation purposes; said purposes to be used, preserved or conserved for the benefit of this and future generations. 

In funding State Park improvements, the Council shall initially emphasize the restoration or renovation of existing facilities and historic structures within the system.

To qualify for funding as a historic preservation project, a site, building or structure must either be on, or determined eligible to be on, the National Register of Historic Places.  

Types of Grants

Grants may be for acquisition, management/stewardship, or a combination of the two.

  • Acquisition - A grant is defined as an acquisition grant if funding is requested for the purpose of acquisition by the State.
  • Management/Stewardship - A grant is defined as a management/stewardship grant if funding is requested for the development of heretofore-undeveloped property, sites, or programs, and/or renovation of existing property or sites.  The grant may also include requests for projects involving maintenance, preservation, improvements, management and operations, and programming.
  • Combination - A grant is defined as a combination grant if the grant includes a request for funding for both of the above categories.

Categories of Grants

There are two categories of grants for which application may be made: annual grants and emergency grants.

  • Annual Grants: Projects funded during a regular annual grant period.
  • Emergency Grants: Projects for unanticipated opportunities deemed highly significant and critical for the State to fund, according to the SCORP (Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan) guidelines and the Council’s other review criteria.  Funded through a limited amount established by the Council at the annual funding meeting and if the Council desires, through the receipt of returned funds incapable of being spent by original grantees.  Emergency grants may be approved by the Council Officers up to the amount determined annually by the Council, with review by the full Council at the next regular meeting after an award is made.  

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GrantWatch ID#: 178199

Term of Contract:

Annual Grants are submitted through the regular annual grant cycle with projects and expenditures occurring between July 1 and June 30 of each year. If a grant project is delayed due to conditions beyond the applicant’s control, the applicant may request one extension of the project period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for funding from the Natural and Cultural Resources Grants and Trust Fund shall be agencies of the State of Arkansas receiving General Revenue funding and are authorized by law to acquire, manage, operate or maintain State-owned lands or to preserve State-owned historic sites, buildings, structures or objects which the Council determines to be of value for recreation or conservation purposes for the benefit of this and future generations.

The Council will fund projects that conform to the purposes defined in the legislation, bylaws and grant application procedures. The Council will not fund (a) contributions or donations to other organizations or individuals; (b) entertainment expenses, including refreshments, flowers, reception costs, etc.; (c) lobbying expenses; (d) regular, full-time administrative staff for a project; nor (e) standard, on-going, operating expenses for a project. With regard to (d), this exclusion does not apply to construction personnel.

Emergency Grants: Emergency grants are not awarded to any project which could normally be sent through the regular grant review and approval process. Applications are not eligible if they l) follow immediately after the regular grant deadline and reflect no apparent emergency, or 2) could normally be reviewed at the regular deadline for Annual grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must complete the online application by 4 p.m. on the 1st Monday in March.

- New Grant Application in Grant Management Portal: Posted by 1st Monday in December
- New Grant Projects- See Grant Application Instructions- Provide Executive Summary and Request Logon Directions Requested no later than: 1st Monday in February
- Final Grant Application Submitted in Grant Management Portal: Due by 4 p.m. on the 1st Monday in March
- PowerPoint Presentation for Funding Decision Meeting: Due 1st Wednesday in May
- Funding Decision Meeting: 2nd Wednesday in May
- Mandatory Grantee Meeting Completed no later than: 4th Wednesday in May
- Date of Project Implementation: July 1
- Funding Requests: Due between the 15th and 20th of the Month
- Deadline for Grant Extension Request Form and Explanation: Due 4th Monday in March
- Progress and Final Reports: Due January 30 and July 30
- Status Reports: End of 1st and 3rd Quarter

Historic Property Rehabilitation and Restoration Grants:
- Applicants approved for funding for the preservation of historic property sites should schedule a meeting and site visit with ANCRC staff, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) staff, the grant contact, architect and other key project personnel. This meeting should take place prior to the submission of construction plans, demolition plans or other documents to the AHPP for review. No construction or demolition should commence prior to the approval of the AHPP.
- Grant projects that include the rehabilitation or restoration of historic properties must follow the additional procedures listed on page 16 of the Guide to Grants document in Supporting Documents below.

Previous ANCRC grantees and applicants who have not applied for an ANCRC grant online should send the contact information of the Grant Coordinator who will be completing the online application/who will be the point of contact throughout the application process. Information should be sent to Debra Fithen at by the 1st Monday in February with NEW ANCRC/organization name in the subject line to receive your organization’s logon information and additional instructions.

Contact Information:

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

FY 2021 Application: (Access Code: ANCRC)

Debra Fithen
Division of Arkansas Heritage
1100 North Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 (When emailing, please include FY 2021 ANCRC/organization name in the subject line.)

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