Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program Funds

From the sales of the official Arkansas Choose Life Specialty Plate

(Downloadable Applications Below)

History: Act 344 of 2003 of the 84th General Assembly of the State of Arkansas established a special “Choose Life” license plate for support of adoption in Arkansas and prescribed registration fees.

Purpose: The purpose of the Choose Life specialty license plate is for a person to support organizations that encourage adoption as a positive choice for women with unplanned pregnancies.

Fees: Payment of the fee required by law for the registration of a vehicle, an additional payment of $35.00 ($25.00 for the Choose Life design use and payment of a $10.00 Department of Finance Administration fee) will be paid annually for an official state-issued Choose Life specialty license plate.

Funds: All moneys collected as Choose Life design use contributions shall be distributed as follows: ninety-four percent (94%) of the Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program Funds for distribution to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide services to the community that include counseling and meeting the physical needs of pregnant women who are committed to placing their children for adoption, and who do not counsel, provide or promote abortion; and six percent (6%) for expenses incurred in the administration of the program.

Disbursement: All moneys accruing from the Choose Life design use shall be distributed at the beginning of each fiscal year in a pro rata share to qualified nonprofit organizations. (FY July 1st to June 30th)

Request for Application: The Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program grant application will be made available each year by March 1st. Nonprofit organizations may make a request for an application for the Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program funds online (www.artl.org) or by telephone (501-663-4237) or by mail at P.O. Box 1697, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Application Deadline: All fully completed applications must be received by May 1st, or postmarked on or before May 1st. Applications received with a postmark after May 1st, or incomplete will be returned and not considered for the upcoming fiscal year disbursement.

Audit: Any organization that receives Choose Life Adoption Assistance Program funds during the fiscal year shall submit an audit report of the funds received.