BY MELANIE BUCK –
An application workshop hosted by the Grants Division of Arkansas Economic Development Commission will be held at Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Monday, December 7th, at 10 a.m. The workshop will provide information on applying for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) that are administered by the Economic Development Commission.
The workshop will also serve as initial public notice of funding availability through the competitive cycle of the General Assistance Program. The General Assistance Program is designed to provide non-entitlement cities and counties with the opportunity to apply for grant assistance for public works and public facility projects that are not covered under funding categories.
Examples of eligible, high priority public works and public facility needs include, but are not limited to: drainage, streets and roads, battered women and homeless shelters, abused children centers, facilities for severely disable adults, food pantries, and ADA modifications. Grant requests should range from $75,000 to a maximum of $200,000, and are due to the Grants Division by March 31, 2016.
Other projects funded through State CDBG Programs include senior centers, child care centers, public health units, rural services, economic development, and residential water and wastewater. Grantees for most of these projects are invited to apply through a referral process, and representatives of these partners, including the Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, may be available at the workshop.
The workshop will last approximately two hours. There is no registration fee or appointment needed to attend. Other workshops will be held at Batesville on December 3rd; El Dorado on December 8th; North Little Rock on December 9th; and Harrison on December 10th.