Disaster Recovery Grants
The City began accepting donations to its Little Rock Cares fund immediately following the March 31 tornado. Hundreds of donors from around the world opened their hearts and wallets to storm survivors, and we raised almost $600,000 specifically for Little Rock storm relief. A portion of those donations has been directed to nonprofit organizations that supported the relief effort. All other Little Rock Cares fund donations will be distributed through individual grants to impacted residents.
We've partnered with Heart of Arkansas United Way to serve as a third-party administrator for those grants. Individuals will be eligible to apply for direct assistance through an online application portal that opens Tuesday, Aug. 1. We will join Heart of Arkansas United Way to keep residents updated when the link is active, and there will be multiple opportunities during the application period for residents to receive technical assistance or ask questions.
Please know that this is not a first-come, first-served award. The third-party administrator will review applications and begin the process of awarding grants after the application period closes on Sept. 15.
Below you'll find a list of resources and updates available from the City of Little Rock and our partners as we work to provide assistance to those in need.
DEBRIS COLLECTION: The City of Little Rock has hired a contractor, DRC Emergency Services, to remove storm debris from affected neighborhoods. Impacted residents are asked to place debris curbside. Types of debris, such as tree limbs or building materials, are required to be placed in separate piles.
DISASTER AID: Applications for disaster assistance can be submitted through the FEMA app or online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling (800) 621-3362
RESOURCE CONNECTIONS: United Way operates a 24-hour hotline, Arkansas 211. Individuals may dial 211 or (866) 489-6983, text their zip code to 898-211 or visit Arkansas211.org to report disaster-related issues to the City. Arkansas 211 will connect callers to available resources, working with the City of Little Rock and other community partners.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: If your business needs help, the U.S. Small Business Administration is available at 1-800-659-2955 or visit https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/.