Teachers - Procedure for Grant Application

Investor Education Grant Program

With the passage of Acts 39 and 948 of 2003, the Arkansas Legislature appropriated funds for a grant-award program administered by the Arkansas Securities Commissioner. The grants are available to programs in Arkansas for the purpose of providing securities/investment education to teachers and students about the securities industry, the stock markets, and investment decision-making. Grant proposals will be considered for only these areas. New grants are to be awarded for the 2018-2019 school year. A final report of the project will be required.

Eligible applicants are public schools and non-profit groups (IRC § 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations) that provide investment education to students in grades 5 through 12. Thirty-three schools and one non-profit organization received a total of nearly $125,000.00 for the 2018-2019 school year.  The suggested grant request range is between $2500 and $5000 although grant proposals for more or less than the suggested range will be considered. The Commissioner will determine the grant award based upon the merit of the program, other school resources and the number of students educated. The proposal due date is September 30, 2019. Grant awards will be issued by November 15, 2019. Projects must be completed by March 30, 2020.

Use of Grant Funds

Grant funds may be used to purchase any appropriate educational, resource, software materials and equipment.

Grant Application Process

The grant application should be submitted on the Grant Application Form  and attach a completed W-9 form to B. Edmond Waters, Arkansas Securities Commissioner, and be no more than 3 pages long, excluding attachments.  The Grant Application Form and W-9 form may be mailed to the address below, faxed to 501.324.9268, or emailed to davidg@securities.arkansas.gov.

If any of the above items are not submitted, the submission will be deemed incomplete and declined from consideration.

Final Report

The final report must be submitted to Commissioner Waters no later than April 30, 2020. The final report must include measurable project outcomes and a financial accounting of actual program expenditures. Failure to submit either the outcome report or the financial report will forfeit future grant award consideration.

Submit your letter of grant proposal with attachment(s) to:

B. Edmond Waters
Arkansas Securities Department
Heritage West Building, Suite 300
201 East Markham Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1692

Inquiries should be addressed to:

David George (501)682-5451



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