COVID-19 & CARES Act Grant Program Updates

Travel Resources & Tips

Though the headlines may be worrisome, it's important to understand the facts and relevant details for COVID-19 (or Coronavirus). ​The Centers for the Disease Control has provided tips for travelersIt's important to make responsible travel decisions, stay at home when sick, practice good hygiene, and follow the recommendations of officials, particularly for at-risk groups.

Note that events in Rogers may be cancelled and businesses may be closed as we make decisions to keep our community safe. 

By seeking and heeding the latest expert guidance—which includes vigorous use of good health practices, similar to the preventive steps recommended for the seasonal flu—America’s communities will stay strong and continue to thrive. 

CARES Act Grant Program Updates

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. Full grant details here.

The Arkansas Legislative Council 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 September 30, 2020.

The grant application period will open Monday, November 16th, and close Wednesday, November 25th. 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.