Grants

Grants

The Grants Management Division manages the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program projects for the State of Arkansas. These funds are used to improve the quality of life for rural citizens of Arkansas, by making grants to cities and counties for community and economic development.

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Consolidated Plan Survey

The State of Arkansas is developing its 5-Year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan. We need your input to understand the problems, identify solutions, and prioritize funding. You can help by completing the following survey:

Arkansas Consolidated Plan Survey

 

What is CDBG?

Congress created the Community Development Block Grant program in 1974 to assist low and moderate-income families, for the prevention and elimination of slums or blight, and to address other urgent community development needs. Eligible activities under the CDBG program include the construction of water and wastewater systems, childcare facilities, senior citizen centers, public health facilities and multi-purpose community centers. In addition, funds are provided for fire protection improvements and for economic development pursuits whose primary focus is the creation of jobs for low and moderate-income families.

Where does the money come from?

Funding for CDBG grants come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and are administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Who is eligible for these resources?

The following cities receive their CDBG funding directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and are not eligible for funds from this program:

  • Bentonville
  • Conway
  • Fayetteville
  • Fort Smith
  • Hot Springs
  • Jacksonville
  • Jonesboro
  • Little Rock
  • North Little Rock
  • Pine Bluff
  • Rogers
  • Springdale
  • Texarkana
  • West Memphis

All other cities and counties are eligible for the program, providing that at least 51% of the persons benefiting from the project are of low to moderate income, or that the project meets one of the other national objectives.

How much money is available and how is it distributed?

Over the last few years, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has received an average of $19.3 million a year for the CDBG program. Funds are distributed according to priorities established under a five-year Consolidated Plan. This plan covers all agencies that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each year, the Economic Development Commission holds public meetings and hearings across the state to obtain citizen input on community needs. The Department then prepares a plan to distribute and spend the money. The Consolidated Plan is published and made available to the public at key locations around the state. Anyone who wants to make comments on the plan should do so by calling or writing the Department.


Please call (501) 682-1211 or 1-800-ARKANSAS to learn more about the services listed above.

Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP)

The Arkansas Community & Economic Development Program (ACEDP) is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Arkansas. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission administers the small cities CDBG program under a grant agreement between the State of Arkansas and the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Priorities for spending the CDBG funds are set in partnership with the other state agencies that receive HUD funds under a five year consolidated plan, which is updated on an annual basis.

This manual is intended as a reference manual for professional administrators and other persons who will be administering ACEDP grants. Included in the manual are the forms and reports that are required for documentation of compliance with federal and state laws, and with ACEDP policies. The manual was written primarily as a reference, and not as a training document.

ACEDP Manual

The Arkansas Community & Economic Development Program (ACEDP) is the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Arkansas. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission administers the small cities CDBG program under a grant agreement between the State of Arkansas and the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Priorities for spending the CDBG funds are set in partnership with the other state agencies that receive HUD funds under a five year consolidated plan, which is updated on an annual basis.

The ACEDP manual is intended as a reference manual for professional administrators and other persons who will be administering ACEDP grants. Included in the manual are the forms and reports that are required for documentation of compliance with federal and state laws, and with ACEDP policies. The manual was written primarily as a reference, and not as a training document. Persons who are interested in:

ACEDP Forms

All forms are Microsoft Word documents except where noted.

General Assistance and Innovative Projects

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.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is accepting proposals for grant funding under the General Assistance and Innovative Projects line item of the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program.

Only non-entitlement cities and counties are eligible to apply. All projects must address a national objective for the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG): benefit to persons of low to moderate income, elimination of conditions of slum and blight, or assistance in addressing an urgent community need.

Grants will be for an amount between $50,000 and $200,000. Priority will be given to innovative projects, to communities with lower average incomes, and to projects that address priorities cited in the state's Consolidated Plan. Proposals must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 31. Grant awards will be made before July 1.

Since grants may only be made to cities or counties, interested parties should contact their Mayor or County Judge about sponsoring an application. All funded grants will be required to employ a professional administrator. Administrative fees will be paid from the grant. It is strongly recommended that applicants seek assistance in completing the application from the Planning & District that serves their area, or from a private professional administrator who has received training from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

For a listing of additional public and private grant sources, please call 501-682-1211.

Funds Information

The State of Arkansas received a total of $5,144,608 for the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R) funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As a requirement for receiving the funds, the State must submit a substantial amendment to its Action Plan for the program year.

The State also published the proposed amendment, including a spreadsheet showing proposed projects, on its website for public review and comment. The public was allowed a minimum of seven days to review the amendment and the spreadsheet and submit comments.

The Substantial amendment and the attached spreadsheet may be viewed by clicking on the links below. Information on all Arkansas recovery programs may be viewed at http://recovery.arkansas.gov/.

Final Substantial Amendment

ACEDP Guidelines

Consolidated Plan

The State of Arkansas receives federal funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for four statutory formula programs. The goals of the programs are to provide decent housing, provide a suitable living environment and to expand economic opportunities.

The plan determines the priorities for addressing those needs and defines the strategy for using resources available. The Consolidated Plan serves as a single document for meeting the planning and submission requirements for the state to receive HUD funds.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

 

CDBG Recovery

The State of Arkansas received $5,144,608 for the State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-R) funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). As a requirement for receiving the funds, the State was required to submit a substantial amendment to its Action Plan for the program year.

The State must also publish the proposed amendment, including a spreadsheet showing proposed projects, on its website for public review and comment. The Substantial Amendment to the Arkansas 2008 Action Plan is available for review. The amendment and the attached spreadsheet may be viewed by clicking on the links below. Information on all Arkansas recovery programs may be viewed at http://recovery.arkansas.gov/.

Final Substantial Amendment

Final CDBG-R Activity Data Spreadsheet

 

CDBG Disaster Funding

The State of Arkansas has been awarded supplemental CDBG funds from two different appropriations to address the effects of five presidentially declared disasters in 2008.  The first round of funding for $25,042,358 closed in September of 2009.  Pre-applications under this first round were submitted by eligible cities and counties through the eight Planning & Development Districts in the state.  Those pre-applications are currently under review.

A second round of funding for $70,181,041 was released in the spring of 2010.  This round covers 71 of Arkansas's 75 counties. 

A part of the requirements of administering a disaster recovery program involves Quarterly Performance Reports (QPR). The QPR's can be seen by clicking here.

Action Plans for Disaster Recovery

Disaster Action Plan Midwest

Disaster Action Plan Ike

Amendment to the Ike Action Plan for Disaster Recovery (Ike-2)

Any questions may be addressed with Dana Heatley of the Grant Management Division:

Arkansas Economic Development Commission 
Grants Management Division 
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone:  (501)682-1211 
E-mail:  dheatley@arkansasedc.com

 

CDBG Disaster Quarterly Performance Reports