LITTLE ROCK— The deadline to apply for the Department of Arkansas Heritage’s Heritage Month grants is Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. These specialized grants of up to $5,000 will help nonprofit organizations and local museums develop events and projects during Heritage Month in May 2018.


“Every community in Arkansas has a unique aspect of natural heritage to celebrate,” said Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH). “Don’t miss this deadline to apply and participate in Heritage Month as we honor our beautiful state!”


The grants are designed to help foster awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas heritage and to assist in planning and implementing meaningful Arkansas projects using the 2018 Heritage Month theme, “Off the Beaten Path: Explore & Enjoy Arkansas’s Natural Heritage.” The May 2018 theme is designed to highlight the work of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.


In planning an event or program for Heritage Month 2018, applicants are encouraged to think about the ways their region enjoys its natural areas.


“Whatever you choose, plan an event that will honor your community and its people. Arkansas’s natural diversity and beauty are evident in every corner of the state,” said Hurst.


Apply at ArkansasHeritage.com. For more information, contact the Heritage Month Grant Coordinator by mail at 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR 72201; by fax at (501) 324-9154; or by e-mail at debra.fithen@arkansas.gov. Applications must be received at the Department of Arkansas Heritage by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.


Since 1975, the Department of Arkansas Heritage has been committed to the discovery, preservation and presentation of our state’s natural and cultural heritage. The department accomplishes its goals through the work of eight divisions: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.