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9 Ark. Cities, 7 Counties Get Community Development Grants

To be eligible for CDBG funds, communities must have a population of less than 50,000 and a majority of households earning low-to-moderate incomes.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A total of 16 Arkansas cities and counties received grants totaling $3.3 million at a Wednesday morning ceremony at the state capitol.

According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commision (AEDC), Governor Mike Beebe presented the grants, which were made available from funds originating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The grants will be administered by the AEDC's Grants Division.

To be eligible for CDBG funds, communities must have a population of less than 50,000 and a majority of households earning low-to-moderate incomes.

The following cities are expected to receive the corresponding amounts for the listed projects:
  • Alma - Senior Center - $203,000
  • Cave City Childcare Center - $325,000
  • Cove - Street Improvement/Drainage - $150,382
  • Crawfordsville - Library - $99,000
  • Dewitt - Neighborhood Facility - $213,220
  • Harrison - Community Center - $78,000
  • Jericho - Road/Street Improvements - $216,000
  • Marianna - Road/Street Improvements - $212,000
  • Morrilton - Senior Center - $203,000
And the following counties, projects and amounts:
  • Columbia County, childcare center, $165,000
  • Dallas County, senior center, $203,000
  • Dallas County, neighborhood facility, $216,000
  • Hempstead County, public health facility, $325,000
  • Lonoke County, neighborhood facility, $216,000
  • Saline County, neighborhood facility, $216,000
  • Stone County, food pantry, $60,000
  • Woodruff County, senior center, $203,000
“CDBG funds go a long way to help improve quality of life for many of Arkansas’s most economically challenged citizens,” Basil Julian, director of AEDC’s Grants Division, said in a news release. “We are fortunate that we are able to make these improvements for basic infrastructure and community needs.”

For more information in AEDC’s Grants Division, visit www.arkansasedc.com/grants, or call 501-682-1211.
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