The Arkansas Rural Services Department has opened a new grant cycle to accept applications for grants for county fairs, fire departments and community development. The deadline for this cycle is November 18.

The department is in the middle of other grant cycles, also for county fairs, fire departments and community improvements. The upcoming deadlines are August 19, December 9, and March 16, 2012.

Information and contact numbers can be found at the department’s Web site.

The Rural Services Department provides grants to communities with fewer than 3,000 people.