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Grant to Aid the Arkansas Service and Hospitality Industries

The application period for the Business Interruption Grant has ended.

  • Evaluations have begun. We are not able to accept any updates to your application at this time.
  • Grantees will be notified of the results of the evaluation and the amount of any grant awards by Dec. 30, 2020.
  • The help line is no longer open. Any inquiries should go to BIGInfo@arkansas.gov.
  • Reviewers will contact applicants through the email address used to create and submit the application if there are any questions regarding the application.
  • Any communications regarding your grant application will come from donotreply@arbigportal.com.

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HELP LINE AVAILABLE

The help line to answer your questions is (888) 722-1554.


FOR RELEASE – Nov. 16th, 2020

Applications start Nov. 16th at 8:00. You can fill out the application at https://www.arbigportal.com.

For assistance with the application, call the Grant Resource Center at 1-888-722-1554 or view a demonstration HERE.

Business Interruption Grant Resource Center
(888) 722-1554
November 9th, 2020 - November 25th, 2020
Monday - Friday
7 AM to 7 PM CST

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FOR RELEASE – Nov. 13th, 2020


FOR RELEASE – Nov. 9th, 2020
The help line to answer your questions about the Business Interruption Grant will open on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7 a.m.

Business Interruption Grant Resource Center
(888) 722-1554
November 9th, 2020 - November 25th, 2020
Monday - Friday
7 AM to 7 PM CST

*After hour calls will be able to leave a voicemail.
**Spanish speaking representative available.


FOR RELEASE – Nov. 4th, 2020

The Business Interruption Grant provides relief funds to certain businesses affected by government-mandated COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply at ArkansasReady.com.


FOR RELEASE – Oct. 16, 2020

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) received approval to proceed with a grant program utilizing $50 million in CARES Act funds for Arkansas businesses in industries significantly impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Arkansas Legislative Council this morning approved a business interruption grant for certain Arkansas businesses in the personal care, tourism, travel, recreation and hospitality industries. The grant will provide reimbursement for a portion of specific eligible expenses incurred by businesses in these industries between March 1 and Sept. 30, 2020.

The grant application period will open Monday, Nov. 16, and close Wednesday, Nov. 25. Grants will be awarded on a prorated basis depending on the total number of applicants and the amount of reimbursement requested. The program anticipates making grant awards in late December.

“In my visits with business owners over the past several months, I’ve been impressed with the measures they have taken to protect customers and employees, and to adapt business models that have kept them viable during this pandemic. The grant will help businesses that were disrupted by the precautions necessary to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson.

Arkansas small businesses having 250, or fewer, full-time employees located in Arkansas may seek reimbursement for expenses associated with COVID-19 mitigation or certain listed business interruption expenses due directly to local, state or federal government COVID-19 directives.

“We have heard the businesses in the hospitality and personal care industries who continue to be impacted by this pandemic and desperately need help to continue to operate and to do so safely,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “With the help of AEDC and DFA, I think we have developed an excellent program that will provide the most help we can give where it is most sorely needed.”

Information will be regularly posted to www.ArkansasReady.com about the grant, the application period, training and a help line.