Grants for Single Mothers in Arkansas

Last Updated on January 30, 2024 by Lori Pace

As a single mother who has navigated the challenges of low income in Arkansas, I want to share valuable insights into available assistance programs. In this article, I’ll provide information on programs that I have personally used or know other single mothers have benefited from.

Follow the link for a comprehensive overview of the available grants for single moms and assistance programs in the US. Otherwise, explore the grant programs Arkansas has to offer:

Single-Parent Assistance Programs in Arkansas

Single Parent Scholarship

The Single Parent Scholarship Fund has played a crucial role in supporting single mothers like myself. To determine if you qualify for this scholarship, I recommend visiting their official website and exploring the eligibility criteria. Additionally, you can locate your relevant county on their website and proceed to complete an application at your local county office. My personal experience underscores the value of this scholarship.

Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant)

I’ve personally benefited from the Higher Education Opportunities Grant (GO! Grant) offered by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE). To help you understand the process better, I’ll provide detailed information on eligibility criteria, residency requirements, and the importance of applying before the June 1st deadline. This firsthand experience can guide you through the application process.

Suppose you want to know more about the grants. In that case, you can call the ADHE financial aid office at (800) 54STUDY or (501) 371-2050 – Alternatively, you can message them through the contact form website.

Unemployment Insurance (UI)

In the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS), there is an opportunity to get Unemployment Insurance (UI) if you are an unemployed single mother. Go to the DWS website to file a claim. You can see your eligibility and check the status of your current request.

Call (501) 907-2590 or (866) 392-7284 if you want any unemployment claim help or assistance.


The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) also has a Child Care Assistance program aimed at single mothers. We recommend you check out the eligibility requirements that the DHS has listed on their website. You can also download the application form online as well.

It’s essential to know that the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) may initially place you on a waiting list, and a Program Eligibility Specialist will contact you. To facilitate the process, you can contact the DHS office directly at (501) 682-1001 or use their website’s contact form. My personal experience with DHS has taught me the importance of proactive communication.

You can get hold of the DHS office in Arkansas; their phone number is (501) 682-1001. Alternatively, you can send an email through the form on their website.

You can get the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, their number is (501) 682-8590, or you can send them a fax at (501) 682-2317.

ARKids First

ARKids First has great Medicaid programs for kids living with low-income single mothers. To understand if you qualify for the benefits, apply on their website or submit a physical application at the DHS office near you.

You can ask for more info on the ARKids First site. ARKids can also be reached toll-free at 1-888-474-8275.


For families in need, there are Medicaid programs tailored to low-income individuals in Arkansas, such as ARKids First. It’s essential to understand the various benefits you may qualify for. My recommendation is to initiate your application online, where you can also access the application form. If you have questions or need additional assistance, don’t hesitate to call 1-888-474-8275. Furthermore, for local support, you can easily locate Arkansas Department of Human Services county offices in your vicinity.

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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Having personally utilized the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for my own young child, I can vouch for the invaluable nutrition and breastfeeding support it provides to single mothers like myself. This program is not just about advice; it’s about hands-on assistance that I’ve experienced firsthand.

You can call the WIC office in Little Rock at (501) 661-2508. You can also Contact the Arkansas DHS office at (501) 661-2000 or (800) 462-0599.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Navigating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be crucial for single mothers like me. It’s primarily income-based, and my experience has shown that ensuring accurate information is vital. You can start by applying online or sending an email to your local DHS county office, but always remember to cross-check with them for the most up-to-date details.

Contact 1-800-482-8988 or visit your DHS office in person.

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Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA)

As a single mother who has benefited from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) program, I can attest to its importance in providing temporary cash support during challenging times. Additionally, consider exploring the Arkansas Work Pays program if you are a TEA recipient. To learn more or get assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to DWS at 1-855-225-4440, 501-682-2121, or via email at I’m here to share my firsthand experience with these programs.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) plays a crucial role in helping single parents manage their monthly utility bills, a challenge I’ve faced firsthand. The application process can be initiated online or by downloading the application form. For further details and confirmation of your eligibility, I recommend visiting the official DHS website or reaching out to your local Community Action Agency, which I’ve found to be an essential resource.


As a low-income single mother, it’s essential to be aware of the various assistance programs available. While applying doesn’t guarantee approval, based on my experiences and those of others, I highly recommend applying to all relevant programs to increase your chances of securing support and providing the best care for your children.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!