With more than $6,937.00 million dollars in grants and additional local government funding sources of $5,598.00 million dollars, the majority of the federal budget in government grants is put into the business sector every year as small businesses and large corporations are the foundation of the economic growth in Arkansas. There are 51,425 business establishments in the state of Arkansas, and they break down to the following:

Arkansas Business Sector Breakdown by Size:

  • 29,368 registered businesses in Arkansas have 0 to 4 employees. People who work at home with sole proprietorship are included in this breakdown.
  • 9,377 registered businesses in Arkansas have 5 to 9 employees.
  • 5,430 registered businesses in Arkansas have 10-19 employees.
  • 4,422 registered businesses in Arkansas have 20-99 employees.
  • 1,156 registered businesses in Arkansas have 100 to 499 employees.
  • Over 1,672 registered businesses in Arkansas have over 500 employees.

Arkansas Business Sector Breakdown in Service Industries:

  • 5,788 registered businesses in Arkansas are in the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services sector.
  • 2,502 registered businesses in Arkansas are in the Administrative, Support, Waste Management, and Remediation Services sector.
  • 5,178 registered businesses in Arkansas are in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.
  • More than 6,659 registered businesses in Arkansas are also service orientated businesses but are not categorized to the above sectors.

If you are in the farming industry, you may be eligible to apply for small business grants as well. There are more than 49,000 farms in the state of Arkansas.

Starting and managing a small business in Arkansas is not an easy task. Over $33,065,154,000.00 US dollars are paid to employee salaries/payroll alone in the state of Arkansas and more than 16,874 businesses declare bankruptcy every single year. Although the federal government does not publically provide grants for starting and expanding a business, in Arkansas, some small business grants are given to business owners to start and grow their ventures, and grant recipients do not have to pay back the funding from government. Therefore, it makes sense to look into small business grants as one of your sources to fund your business.

To apply for business grants in Arkansas, contact Arkansas financial aid agencies, or

Access Applicant Portal

Current online applicants in Arkansas are browsing from the following cities: Judsonia, Harrisburg, Gould, Quitman, Charleston, Prescott, Watson, Midway, Saratoga, Kensett

Recent State Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of opportunities recently published in the local state:

Funding Opportunity
FY 22 Arkansas Technical Assistance Projects (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR MULTI 22 NOFO0001138
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture
Funding Amount: $3,000,000
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2021 – ARKANSAS (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR CIG 21 NOFO0001059
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $150,000
FY 2021 Arkansas Technical Assistance Projects (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR MULTI 21 NOFO0001046
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $3,000,000
Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee -- Communities in the state of Arkansas (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2021 ACF OHS CH R06 1895
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $2,552,036
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Expansion - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH 1818
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $4,027,077
NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Arkansas (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR CIG NOF001009
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $150,000
Interior Least Tern Monitoring on the McClellan Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in the Little Rock Corps District (apply)

Funding Number: W81EWF 20 SOI 0016
Agency: Department of Defense, Engineer Research and Development Center
Category: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Amount: $58,000
Arkansas easement restoration (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR MULTI 20 GEN0010468
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $5,000,000
Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee -- Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha and Drew Counties, Arkansas (apply)

Funding Number: HHS 2020 ACF OHS CH R06 1608
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - OHS
Category: Income Security and Social Services
Funding Amount: $2,407,472
FY19 Arkansas CIG (apply)

Funding Number: USDA NRCS AR CIG 19 GEN0010102
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Category: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources
Funding Amount: $75,000

 

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