Arkansas Asbestos Grant Program

The Arkansas Asbestos Grant Program (AAGP) is a competitive grants program to assist cities and counties with abatement, stabilization, and remediation in asbestos-related activities. The program is self-funded through associated fees. ADEQ distributes a total amount of $150,000 each fiscal year, based upon eligibility and proposal approval.

ADEQ distributes a total amount of $150,000 each fiscal year, through the Arkansas Asbestos Grant Program to aid cities and counties with populations less than fifty thousand with funding for abatement, stabilization, and remediation for asbestos-related activities. Proposal applications for the grant program are accepted on a monthly rolling deadline. Applications are due to ADEQ by 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the month starting in June, until all available funds have been awarded or no later than the last day of April of each year.

After a review and approval of an AAGP application, ADEQ distributes grant funds based on available moneys according to procedures established by the Director.

Arkansas Asbestos Grant Program Recipients by Year

Totals distributed each year along with applicant name and applicant projects.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Applicant Name Project Location (City/County) Amount Received
City of Augusta Abatement of asbestos-containing material in an elementary school building that closed in 2002 and was later vandalized, with a section of the building set on fire. Augusta, Woodruff $49,997
City of Arkadelphia Abatement of asbestos-containing material in a vacant building formerly used as a hospital. Arkadelphia, Clark $92,503
Howard County Second phase of asbestos abatement work in the vacant county hospital to remove black mastic under floor tiles and thermal system insulation above the ceiling on the first floor. Nashville, Howard $13,500

FY 2016

Applicant Name Project Location (City/County) Amount Received
Howard County Removal of asbestos-containing material from the county hospital built in 1949; since its closing in 2009, the roof was damaged, causing asbestos-containing material to be exposed. Nashville, Howard $129,535

FY 2015

Applicant Name Project Location (City/County) Amount Received
City of Magness Demolition of a vacant, collapsed building. Magness, Independence $20,465
Magness returned unused grant money to ADEQ. - $223

FY 2014

Applicant Name Project Location (City/County) Amount Received
City of Brookland Abatement and demolition of collapsed adjoined buildings that had housed the Bank of Brookland and the Elder Food and Hardware Store in the early 1900s, both with asbestos-containing materials. Brookland, Craighead $55,200
Brookland returned unused grant money to ADEQ - $13,550
City of England Abatement of asbestos-containing materials from the vacant England Hospital, which was starting to collapse England, Lonoke $94,800

Arkansas cities or counties with populations less than 50,000 according to the most recent federal decennial census and that meet the requirements under Ark. Code Ann § 20-27-1009 are eligible to apply.

An eligible structure is one that:

  • Contains friable asbestos materials
  • Unexpectedly collapses, is at imminent risk of collapse, or fails in its structural integrity
  • Is not a single or multi-family dwelling
  • Is owned by the city or county, with ownership having occurred since the structure collapsed, was at imminent risk of collapse, or failed in its structural integrity

Abatement projects must be performed by asbestos consultants and contractors licensed in Arkansas. This grant does not cover costs associated with demolition activities. No funds awarded under this program shall be used on projects or sites in which Arkansas Brownfield Program grant funds are currently being used.

Completed applications and associated documents are due to ADEQ no later than June 1st of each year by 4:30 p.m. CST with award notifications occurring on or about October 15th. If sufficient funds still exist on or about December 1st, then further award notifications will occur in early spring.

If an application is submitted and funds are no longer available, then the applicant must resubmit the application the following year prior to the grant application deadline. All electronic and hard copies of the application and associated documents must be received by ADEQ as described above in order to be considered for funding. Applicants should only provide information that appropriately addresses the requirements and contents for the application. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

Follow instructions provided in the AAGP procedures and guidelines for detailed instructions.

Submit your completed AAGP packet (required application and documents) to ADEQ:

  • Electronically via email to abatementgrant@adeq.state.ar.us. All emails must be less than 10 megabytes, and attachments should be in PDF format. ADEQ is not responsible for server, fax, or other delivery delays.
  • Deliver or mail to:

    ADEQ
    Office of Air Quality – Asbestos Section
    5301 Northshore Drive
    North Little Rock, AR 72118

After a review and approval of an AAGP application, ADEQ will distribute grant funds based on available moneys according to procedures established by the director.

Within 30 days of receiving AAGP funds, a city or county must provide a report that includes the following information:

  • Narrative discussion on how the grants were used
  • Photos and illustrations
  • Project’s outcome or progress
  • Copies of contracts, invoices, purchase orders, etc.
  • Cost reimbursement – a breakdown of all expenses incurred

A city or county that receives AAGP funds must immediately return to ADEQ any unused portion of the grant funds when the stabilization and abatement activity is complete.

If the stabilization and/or abatement activity is not completed within 30 days of receiving AAGP funds, the city or county shall submit to ADEQ the following:

  • Notification – a written notification to ADEQ of the reasons why the stabilization and/or abatement activity has not been completed and the date the city or county expects the stabilization and abatement activity to be completed
  • Progress Reports – reports that continue notification of stabilization and/or abatement activity progress every 14 days until the approved activity is complete
  • Project Completion – a written report specified in guidelines