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Individual Development Account (IDA)

Individual Development Account (IDA)

Individual Development Accounts, or IDA, are special bank accounts available at Southern Bancorp that help eligible individuals and families save money through a matched savings program. For more than thirty years, Southern Bancorp Community Partners has been working to provide entrepreneurs, homeowners, and individuals with the financial tools needed to achieve the American Dream – regardless of their zip code.

How does an IDA work? Eligible individuals make monthly deposits to their IDA. Those deposits are then matched up two or three times to pay for qualifying purchases like homes, starting a business, or paying for school. For example, if you deposited $100 into your IDA, Southern Bancorp would deposit up to an additional $300. Your $100 savings just became $400!

The IDA program is open for a limited time for applicants on a first come, first served basis. Matching funds are not guaranteed, so don’t wait – apply before December 31, 2023.


Program eligibility is dependent on the following:

  • You must be an Arkansas resident
  • You must have one dependent under the age of 18
  • Total Income
  • Number of assets
  • Have net worth resources that total less than $10K (Homes and vehicles are not included)

How To Get Started

Application Checklist

Please ensure you have all the required documents below to complete your IDA application.

Proof of Citizenship (One of  the following)

  • Social Security Card or
  • Certificate of naturalization or
  • Certificate of citizenship

Family Status (Proof of at least one dependent under the age of 18)

  • Birth Certificate or
  • Tax return with dependent(s)

Annual Income (Income must be verified to determine eligibility)

Please provide at least one of the following:

  • Pay Stubs (4) showing year to date earnings
  • W2 form
  • Most recent tax return
  • Employment Contract
  • For self-employed individuals – forms of income verification accept able to the IRS
  • For unearned income, verification from the source

Banking and Investments (One copy of latest statement)

  • Most recent checking and / or savings account statement
  • Most recent investment statement (401k, IRA, other investments)

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