About Us

Welcome to the Arkansas Department of Rural Services (ADRS) Web Site. DRS was established in 1991 under the name Office of Rural Advocacy to serve as a single point of contact for all organizations and individuals with a desire to enhance the quality of life for our rural citizens.

Working under the guidance of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC), our agency strives to fulfill that mission. With a carefully chosen staff of dedicated professionals, our agency strives to assist citizens of rural Arkansas through in house grant programs, funding opportunity research, information sharing and educational opportunities through regional forums and the annual Arkansas Rural Development Conference.

We pride ourselves in being a hands on agency. When you call the Department of Rural Services, you will talk to a real person. Our staff is small, but we believe that personal contact is still the best way to get to know you and the vision you have for your community's future.

Please enjoy the site and feel free to contact us toll free at 1-888-RURALAR with any questions.