Arkansas Economic Development Commission


AEDC to offer workshops throughout Arkansas on grant application process

Four statewide workshops have been scheduled to inform Arkansas' community and economic development leaders on procedures for applying for grants administered by the Grants Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. These workshops 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 not covered under other funding categories.  Activities submitted for funding must:

  1. Meet one of the national objectives of CDBG program: benefit to at least 51 percent low- to moderate-income persons, elimination of conditions of slum or blight, or to address an urgent need;
  2. Be an eligible activity under the regulations that govern the CDBG program;
  3. Address a high-priority goal in the CDBG Method of Distribution described in the 2015 Annual Action Plan; and,
  4. Not be eligible for funding under another state CDBG funding program.

Examples of eligible activities under General Assistance include, but are not limited to: senior and child care centers, public health units, drainage, streets and roads, battered women and homeless shelters, abused children centers, facilities for severely disabled 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 30, 2017.

Other projects funded through State CDBG program include rural services, economic development, and residential water and sewer. Grantees for most of these projects are invited to apply through a referral process, and information on applying through these partners, including the AEDC Division of Rural Services and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, will also be available at each workshop.

Meeting dates and locations include:

  • November 29, 2016; Magnolia; Southwest Arkansas Planning & Development District, 101 Business Park Dr.; 10:00 a.m.
  • December 6, 2016; North Little Rock; Arkansas Municipal League, Assembly Room, 301 West 2nd Street; 10:00 a.m.
  • December 13, 2016; Harrison; North Arkansas College South Campus, John Paul Hammerschmidt Conference Room, 1515 Pioneer Drive; 10:00 a.m.
  • January 12, 2017; Jonesboro; East Arkansas Planning & Development District, 2905 King Street; 10:00 a.m.

These one-hour workshops are free and open to the public. No registration or RSVP is required. For more information, contact Dottie Boyles at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 501-682-7682 or email at

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