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AEDC to offer five workshops throughout Arkansas on grant application process

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (October 25, 2013) – Five statewide workshops have been scheduled to inform Arkansas's community and economic development leaders on procedures for applying for grants offered by five different agencies and organizations.

Participating agencies include the Grants Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) as well as the Arkansas Department of Rural Services, the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, the Community Resource Group, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Program.

Meeting dates and locations include:

October 30, Magnolia, Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District, 101 Business Park Drive, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

November 5, Mountain View, Ozark Folk Center, 1032 Park Avenue, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

November 7, Marianna, Mississippi River State Park, 2955 State Highway 44, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

November 13, North Little Rock, Arkansas Municipal League, 301 N. Second Street, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

November 14, Fort Smith, Creekmore Community Center, Rogers Avenue and South 31st Street, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“I want to encourage all of our local leaders with a stake in grants administration to attend one of these workshops,” said Basil Julian, director of AEDC’s Grants Division. “These programs are vitally important in improving the lives of many of our state’s citizens.”

AEDC administers Arkansas's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program as well as several state-funded grant programs aimed at economic development. Projects funded through CDBG include senior centers, childcare centers, county health units, and economic development grants to benefit companies locating or expanding in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Department of Rural Services provides grants to counties and small Arkansas communities. These grants may be used to fund a variety of projects, including community centers, fire stations and fire trucks.

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission administers that portion of the state CDBG program that funds residential water and wastewater grants. In addition to the CDBG program, ANRC also administers state and federal loan programs for water and wastewater systems.

The Community Resource Group is a private non-profit organization that provides assistance to communities and water and wastewater districts in the form of loans and technical assistance for water, wastewater and affordable housing projects. 

The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Community Facilities Programs provides grants and loans to fund essential community facilities, water and wastewater projects for public use in rural areas. Examples of projects include community centers, fire stations and fire trucks, medical facilities, waterline extensions, and wastewater collection/treatment systems.

The two-hour workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, contact Dana Heatley at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at (501) 682-1211 or email at  .