The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Safety grants

Published February 6, 2024

Fifteen Catholic churches and schools have applied for Arkansas’ Right to Worship Safely Grants. The state Department of Public Safety oversees a $500,000 grant program to support physical security enhancement and other measures to assist "nonprofit ideology-based/spiritual/religious entities" in preventing and responding to terrorist threats and other extremist attacks. All those who applied must have received an active terrorist threat or extremist attack in the past 12 months.

Applying for grants include:

  • Blessed Sacrament Church, Jonesboro, $84,000 requested
  • Immaculate Conception Church, North Little Rock, $112,772
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School, North Little Rock, $34,500
  • Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, $197,500 
  • North Little Rock Catholic Academy, $50,000
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Barling, $7,494
  • St. John Church and School, Russellville, $14,109
  • St. Joseph Church in Washington County, $111,000
  • St. Mary Church, Hot Springs, $10,415
  • St. Mary Church/School, Paragould, $1,730
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church, Pocahontas, $12,500
  • St. Raphael Church, Springdale, $14,305
  • St. Theresa Church, Little Rock, $205,800
  • Subiaco Abbey, $30,805
  • Trinity Catholic School, Fort Smith, $45,000

The grants will be awarded Feb. 12 and will be distributed by March 15.