The Arkansas Arts Council administers both federal and state funds to provide financial aid and state arts grants for programs and services benefiting Arkansas organizations, schools, and artists. Federal funds are appropriated by Congress to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which in turn grants funds to the Arkansas Arts Council. State funds for grants and programs are appropriated by the Arkansas General Assembly. Grant monies from the Arkansas Arts Council are awarded annually. 

How to Apply

We recommend that applicants speak with the appropriate Grant Program Manager before submitting any Arkansas Arts Council grant application. Complete applications must be submitted online by the date of the deadline for a specific grant program. Application forms are available through the Arkansas Arts Council's Grants Portal and the Independent Artist Grants Portal, both linked to Grants in the toolbar for the Arts Council's website. Use the grants code aac.


Application Information

  • Applications will not be accepted online unless all required pieces are submitted. Late applications will not be accepted unless the applicant demonstrates good cause for missing the deadline. Good cause generally will be limited to events of factors beyond the applicant's control – such as natural disasters – and will be determined by the Arkansas Arts Council's Executive Director.
  • The format of each grant application is designed to assist the review process and to provide an analysis of the artistic and administrative structures of the applicant organizations. When submitting an online application, an eligible organization must include all application information requested and submit the complete application package by the grant program deadline.
  • The budget form is available as a downloadable Excel spread sheet that will calculate for the applicants. If a budget line item does not apply, type a zero (0) in the space. Do not leave blank spaces in any section of the application. The Total Income for the FY22 proposed grant application Budget should equal the Total Expenses. Any surplus amount of operating income indicated for FY22 will be subtracted from the grant request.
  • For clarification on what each budget line item includes, refer to Standard Definitions the Process and Policies section under Grants. Applicants should use those definitions to determine how to divide their operating resources according to the budget line items indicated on the grant application form. Explanations or additional budget information requested should be submitted on Sheet2 indicated on the bottom of the downloaded Excel budget page.  

When to Apply

  • December 4, 2020– Deadline for Letter of Intent for new or returning FY22 General Operating Support and Major Arts Partners applications
  • January 8, 2021 – Deadline for FY22 Collaborative Project Support Grant applications. Panel Review February 19, 2021
  • January 22, 2021 – Deadline for FY22 General Operating Support and Major Arts Partners GOS Grant applications. Panel Review March 4-5, 2021
  • January 29, 2021 – Deadline for FY22 Arts in Education and Major Arts Partners AIE Grant applications. Panel Review March 29-30, 2021
  • April 16, 2021 – Deadline for FY22 Individual Artist Fellowship applications. Panel Review June 2,8, and 10, 2021