Department of Agriculture
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Arkansas Department of Agriculture Grant Applications
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture works to administer grants for various agricultural industries and audiences. Grant applications and details will be provided for you at this page. We look forward to working with you to strengthen and grow the agriculture industry in Arkansas.
Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest
The Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest was initiated by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas in 2014. The program provides the opportunity to promote the importance of involving young people in the process of fresh food production and cultivation. Farm Credit generously provides the funding for program award recipients.
If you are an early childhood education facility, a school, or an alternative learning space, you can learn more about applying for the contest and find more resources for school gardens here.
National Organic Certification Cost Share Program is Open for 2021
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications from producers for reimbursement under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Organic certification fees paid between the dates of October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021, are eligible. Applications for reimbursement are available here and are due by November 1, 2021.
Reimbursement for 50% of eligible certification costs up to $500 is available for operators who have been certified by a USDA accredited certifying agent. Certification costs that have already been reimbursed through the USDA-Farm Service Agency or other agencies are not eligible. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture administers the USDA National Organic Program Organic Certification Cost Share Program through funding provided by USDA.
For questions about the application or the reimbursement process, contact Karen Reynolds at 501-529- 1630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enhance the competitiveness of the Arkansas specialty crop industry. Specialty crops are defined by USDA as fruits, vegetables, horticulture, floriculture, and tree nuts. The SCBGP application is closed for this year. To apply, read the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Request for Applications and fill out a Project Concept Proposal.
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Arkansas Urban and Community Forestry Grants
The Forestry Division is now accepting 2021 Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Grant applications through September 13, 2021. Grants are available to fund community projects that develop, improve, and/or promote urban and community trees and forests .
The Forestry Division and the Grant Review Committee of the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council will rank grant proposals and award funds based on criteria that include: how much the proposed project will improve a community’s tree management program; proposed implementation plan for the project; proposed level of community involvement; educational components; and proposed tree care and long-term maintenance planning. Communities that participate in the Tree City USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, Tree Campus K-12, and Tree Line USA programs will receive additional ranking points.
Examples of eligible projects include:
- Community tree inventories and management plans
- Parking lot improvements for stormwater runoff
- Tree-friendly streets (allowing for root space and canopy growth, adding tree grates, etc.)
- Park improvements to help reduce sun exposure and cool the air
- Improving tree health with tree maintenance and protection plans, soil amendments, mulching, professional pruning and restoration, watering bags and/or irrigation, etc.
- Greenway development planning and urban stream restoration (including demonstration areas, feasibility studies, maps, etc.)
- Communications materials that increase public awareness of the benefits of urban forests
- Education and training for tree care workers, volunteers, and the public
Urban & Community Forestry grants, administered by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture Forestry Division, are made available through federal grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service. The maximum federal cost share of any project is 50% of the total expenditures for the project. The non-federal match may be cash, services, or in-kind contributions. Projects funded in the 2021 grant cycle must be completed by August 31, 2023. For more information, contact Krissy Kimbro at email@example.com or 479-228-7929.
2020 Urban & Community Forestry Grant Projects
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division awarded Urban & Community Forestry Grants to five entities for the 2020 grant cycle:
- City of Conway Tree Board – Dave Ward Interstate Beautification Project
- City of Pine Bluff – Green Spaces, Green Streets (GS2) Program
- City of Trumann – Cedar Park/Highway 463 North Tree Planting Project
- Crooked Creek Conservation District – Streambed & Park Improvement Project
- UALR Public Radio – Urban & Community Forestry Awareness Radio Campaign
The Forestry Division ranked proposals based on criteria that included: improvements to a community’s tree management program; implementation plan for the project; level of community involvement; educational components; and tree care with long-term maintenance planning. Communities that participate in the Tree City USA, Tree Campus, and Tree Line programs received additional ranking points. Projects funded in 2020 must be completed by August 15, 2022. For more information about the grant program, contact Kristine (Krissy) Kimbro at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-228-7929.