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Date Posted: 11/05/2020

CARES Act Funds Available for Organizations to Support Initiatives in Low-Income Communities and Veterans’ Mental Health

For Immediate Release:

Nov. 5, 2020

Media Contacts: 

Amy Webb
Chief of Communications

Marci Manley
Deputy Chief of Communications


CARES Act Funds Available for Organizations to Support Initiatives
in Low-Income Communities and Veterans’ Mental Health 

Organizations must apply for funding by November 18.


(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – Funding is now available through two new programs to support low-income communities and veterans with mental health needs, the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) announced today. These initiatives were approved by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Steering Committee to help offset the negative impacts of the public health emergency using federal CARES Act funds. Applications from eligible organizations will be accepted through Nov. 18, 2020.

To be eligible for funding through either initiative organizations must:

Low-Income Community Support

Many community organizations have seen less donations due to the pandemic, but low-income communities in Arkansas still rely on these organizations for food, clothing, rent, transportation, and help finding a job. CARES Act funding for non-profit and community organizations serving low-income and minority communities can help overcome infrastructure challenges that limit access. Organizations may apply to receive up to $10,000 to serve high-poverty areas in Arkansas.

The application form and more information about the process can be found here.

Veterans’ Mental Health

The CARES Act Steering Committee also approved $3.4 million to fund supportive programs and services for veterans and their families that provide  mental health services, outreach and education, and crisis intervention for veterans experiencing mental health issues during the public health emergency.

The pandemic has caused many Arkansans to experience negative mental and behavioral health outcomes. This program aims to make sure there are targeted efforts underway to support Arkansas veterans and connect them to services in their communities. Eligible organizations may apply to get funding to support veterans experiencing mental health conditions based on the organization’s size and role in the mental health system.

More information about the veterans mental health initiative, and the application form, can be found here.  

Applications for both programs must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2020, and funds must be used or distributed based on the organization's plan by Dec. 30, 2020. 


Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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