Programs CAPDD administers

The Central Arkansas Planning and Development District is committed to providing grant writing, grant management, and staff services needed by our member municipal and county governments. Typical projects administered are:

Infrastructure improvements, such as water and wastewater treatment facilities. Public facilities, such as senior centers, daycare centers, parks, walking/hiking/bicycle trails, county health units, community buildings, fire stations and storm safe rooms. Economic development projects which center around the creating of jobs, typically infrastructure improvements.

These services include the acquistion and implementation of grants available through the below:

Programs CAPDD works with:

Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts Grant

The Arkansas RC&D Rural Fire Protection Program was established to improve the protection of life and property in rural Arkansas. The four areas of emphasis are: Master Fire Plans, Grant Funds, Training and Education and Technical Assistance. 

Grant funds awarded to the fire departments assist them in establishing Rural Water supplies, pressurized fire hydrants, dry hydrants, tanker trucks, fire hose, communication equipment. 

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management/Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Arkansas Hazard Mitigation Grant program goal is to assist county governments that have suffered repetitive disaster losses. This is accomplished by funding projects in counties that have had repetitive damage situations, whether it is floods, wind storms, earthquakes or other types of disaster. This program is available for all counties to use. State Mitigation programs challenge counties to select priority sites where repetitive damages occur and find permanent solutions to these problems.

FEMA provides the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) which provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. HMGP goes beyond simply fixing the damage. It will, within the limits of state and federal guidelines, help fund a wide range of new projects that reduce hazard vulnerability and the potential of future damage. The cost share for HMGP projects is 75% FEMA and 25% local. 

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Outdoor Recreation and Trail Grants

Trails Grant Program is administered by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) and provides funding to local project sponsors (public and private/nonprofit agencies) to construct and maintain motorized and non-motorized recreational trails and trail support facilities. The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a reimbursement-type grant program. The program provides for an 80 percent federal share and 20% non-federal share of each project. The main priority is for the construction of new trails and for major maintenance of existing trails.

The Arkansas Parks and Tourism grants are designed to assist cities and counties in developing outdoor recreation facilities. There are 3 different programs that can assist in meeting the needs for each city/community:

Fun Park Grant: Designed to assist cities/counties in developing basic neighborhood outdoor recreation facilities. Only applies to constructing outdoor facilities in rural communities with a poplulation of less than 2,500, and the targeted area must not presently have any facilities, or whose facilities are inadequate in size or scope to meet local needs.

50/50 Matching Grant: The purpose of this program is build outdoor recreational facility up to $250,000 reimbursable grant. 

Trails for Life Grant: To develop facilities in local neighborhoods/parks by encouraging healthy lifestyles. The projects must create a higher level of physical activity and better community health.

Arkansas Department of Rural Services Community Development Block Grants, Fire Protection Grants, and Community Fairgrounds Grants

Through the Arkansas Rural Community Grants Programs, the ARDC and the Dept. of Rural Services strive to enhance the quality of life in the state by providing incentive grants on a matching basis. The ARCGP will assist rural communities with the improvement of fire protection and related emergency services and construction, development and improvement of local facilities. 

Rural Community Fire Protection Grant fund projects for: Renovations, new construction, or additions to fire facilities Purchase of fire protection equipment and vehiclesRehabilitation/retrofitting of newly acquired equipment and vehicles

Rural Community Development Grant Renovations, new construction or additions to publicly owned buildings (civic/community centers, senior/youth centers, librarires, museums, etc. Renovations, new construction, new equipment, or additions to parks and other publicly owned recreational facilities (baseball/softball fields, landscape/beautification projects, park and picnic areas, jogging/walking trails, etc)

Arkansas Development Finance Authority/HOME Grants

HOME Program assists homeowners with HOME funds and must have incomes at or below 80% of the area median income adjusted for family size. The home must be the owner's principal residence and must be valued at or below 95% of the median area purchase price. 

Home funds can be used for a variety of activities to develop and support affordable housing for low-income Arkansans. Eligible activities include:

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, Rental Rehabilitation, New Construction, Assistance to Homebuyers and Homeowners. Please see website for a full description.

Eligible applicants: Any unit of local government (city/county), Public Agency, Non-Profit Organizations and Private Developers.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission Community Development Block Grants and Economic Development Grants

This program from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development provides funds to cities and counties for economic development, community development and improvement projects. The funding for this program comes from the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Funding for the CDBG comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and was set up to assist low and moderate-income families, for the prevention and elimination of slums or blight, and to address other urgent community development needs. 

Eligible activities under the CDBG program include:

The construction of water and wastewater systems, childcare facilities, senior citizen centers, public health facilities and multi-purpose community centers. In addition, funds are provided for fire protection improvements and for economic development pursuits whose primary focus is the creation of jobs for low and moderate-income families.

In the CAPDD district areas that are not included are: Conway, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Arkansas Forestry Commission Grants

 The Rural Fire Protection of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, established in 1979, is designed to help communities organize, equip, and train volunteer fire departments. 

Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants are usually available in May or June every year to fire departments that serve 10,000 or fewer people. 

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Grants

Historic Preservation funding assistance is available to local government and non-profit organizations through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP). Eligible properties must be listed on the Arkansas or National Register of Historic Places or must meet eligibility requirements as part of a National Historic District. 

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Grants and Loans (Water/Sewer)

ANRC manages and protects water and land resources for the health, safety and economic benefit of the State of Arkansas. The Nonpoint Source Pollution Grants Program helps support grants through the Clean Water Act. Special emphasis is given to priority watersheds prioritized by the NPS Management Program Task Force. ANRC accepts work plans for projects to manage, reduce or abate NPS pollution. Projects are funded for one to three years.

Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department: Transportation Alternatives Program and Recreational Trails Program

Update December 2014: AHTD annouced the implementation of two new programs. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The previously utilized program called Safe Routes to School which provided funding for sidewalks to promote walking and biking to schools in incorporated into the TAP program now.

Eligible applicants for TPA include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, or schools, tribal governments and any other local or regional governmental entitiy with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails. The program provides 80% of construction costs only. In-kind is not permitted as match. Maximum request is $500,000. For more information and a list of eligible activities, please click the link above.

Delta Regional Authority Grants

The DRA's SEDAP has been developed to enhance the economic development activities taking place in the Delta region. Entities that are able to apply include: participating member states, local governments (city and county/parish) and non-profit entities. Project priority is determined by the Federal Priority Declarations, DRA Regional Development Plan Goals and States' DRA Strategic Plan Priorities. 

Federal Priority Declarations are: Innovation and Small Business, Regional Approach, Multiple Funding Partners and Emergency Funding Need.

DRA Regional Development Plan Goals are: Competitive, Productive Workforce, Physical and Digital Connections and Sustainable Communities.

Economic Development Administration Infrastructure Grants

Public Works grants are available to empower distressed communities to revitalize, expand, and upgrade their physicial infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage business expansion, diversify local economies, and generate or retain long-term, private sector jobs and investment. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Assistance Grants

Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) are awarded to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the public and fire service personnel from fire and related hazards. Applicants may request assistance in Vehicle Acquistion, Operations and Safety, EMS and Regional programs. 

US Department of Environmental Protection Agency Grants

Water Grants are available and includes the state revolving loan funds for drinking water and wastewater, grants for water pollution prevention and wetlands protection, and tribal grants.

USDA Rural Development Grants/Loans (REDLG)

The REDLG program provides funding to rural projects through local utility organizations. Under the REDGrant program, USDA provides grant funds to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish revolving loan funds. Loans are made from the revolving loan fund to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to the Agency. 

Examples of eligible projects include: Capitalization of revolving loan funds, technical assistance in conjunction with projects funded under a zero interest REDloan, Business Incubators, Community Development Assistance to non-profits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement), facilities and equpiment for education and training for rural residents to facilitate  economic development, facilities and equipment for medical care to rural residents and telecommunications/computer networks for distance learning or long distance medical care.


For more information please contact one of our Program Managers at 501-676-2721 or by email:

Amanda Adaire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leigh Ann Pool at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conya Spencer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Josh Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (specifically for Emergency Management Related Grants)