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Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program (ACEDP) - General Assistance Funding

Grants to Arkansas Cities and Counties to
Benefit Low-to-Moderate Income Families

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Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)

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03/30/18 4:30 PM Postmarked


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Grants starting at $75,000 to Arkansas cities and counties for a variety of public infrastructure and public facility projects that are not covered under the funding source's other funding categories. Funding will be provided for projects that benefit individuals and families of low-to-moderate income, eliminate conditions of slum and blight, and/or address an urgent community need.

The following activities are eligible within the General Assistance Program:

- Senior centers;
- Child care centers;
- Local county health units;
- Homeless shelters (excludes costs for operation);
- Accredited public libraries;
- Fire and/or rescue buildings, including fire trucks and fire equipment;
- Removal of architectural barriers from city hall or county courthouses for accessibility;
- Street, curb, gutter, sidewalk, or storm sewer;
- Flood control and drainage;
- Tornado-safe shelters in manufactured home parks

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 169700

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests should range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $200,000, including design fees. Administrative fees will be added to the announced award amount.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only non-entitlement cities and counties are eligible to apply. This includes rural cities and counties with a low-to-moderate income population of at least 51 percent.

Larger cities receive their own funding and are not eligible for funds from the program administered by AEDC. The cities receiving their own CDBG allocation are: Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Springdale, Texarkana, and West Memphis.

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.

The following activities are ineligible within the General Assistance Program:

Buildings used predominantly for the general conduct of government such as:

- City and halls;
- County administrative buildings;
- State Capitols; and
- Office buildings or other facilities in which the legislative or general administrative affairs of the government are conducted.

- General government expenses, except those costs that are directly attributable to administration of a local CDBG program;

- Facilities or equipment used for political purposes or to engage in other political activities;

- Purchase of equipment except as set forth in Section 1:L of the Application Guidelines;

- Generally, any expense associated with repairing, operating, or maintaining public facilities, improvements and services. For specific exceptions see Section 1:L of the Application Guidelines;

- For income payments for housing including:
-- Payments for income maintenance;
-- Housing allowances;
-- Down payments;
-- Mortgage subsidies.

For a full description of ineligible General Assistance activities, please see Section J of the attached Application Guidelines.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Workshops will be held in six Arkansas locations to provide information on applying for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) 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.

Workshops will take place from November 28, 2017 to December 5, 2017. See the pdf document in Supporting Documents below for more details.

Pre-Application Information:

General Assistance applications will be accepted by the AEDC Grants Division from January 1, 2018 through March 30, 2018.

Applications will be accepted during this period based on U.S. Postal Service postmark date or date of delivery by other means.

It is anticipated that awards will be announced by July 1, 2018.

Additional project awards may be made throughout the year from the existing pool of applications as funds become available. Technical assistance will be available.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jean Noble, PCED
Director, Grants Management
Phone: (501) 682-7389
Fax: (501) 682-7499

For more information about the workshops, contact:

Dottie Boyles

Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Grants Management Division
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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