Arkansas Economic Development Commission Awards Grants for General Assistance and Innovative Projects

Little Rock, AR - Community Development Block Grants from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) have been awarded to five Arkansas communities.

These grants were awarded under the General Assistance and Innovative Projects line item for the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). This is the third year that grants have been awarded under this new competitive line item.

The General Assistance and Innovative Projects line item is designed to provide cities and counties with the opportunity to apply for grant assistance for a variety of projects that are not covered under other funding categories.

All Arkansas cities and counties are eligible for the grant program with the exception of the fourteen entitlement cities that receive CDBG funds directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). To be eligible, at least 51% of the persons benefiting from the grant must be of low to moderate income. Eleven applications were received this year for a total grant request of more than $1.6 million.

The following grant applications were approved:

• Amagon- $192,736 for the paving of city streets
• Gould- $182,111 for street and drainage improvements.
• Lonoke- $219,350 for the construction of a sensory treatment facility for the Lonoke Exceptional School
• Oil Trough- $142,675 for the renovation of a building that serves as a food pantry.
• Ozark- $172,120 for drainage improvements in a low income area of the city.

For more information on the CDBG program, contact the Grants Management Division at 501-682-1211, or visit the website of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at