Archive for Grants

Gassville Awarded $848,000.00 from ANRC

Gassville Awarded $848,000.00 from ARNCThe City of Gassville has received $848,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC) to construct a new sewer extension that will provide service to 64 residents within the city who are experiencing septic system failures.  Pictured above at the April 6 check presentation at the State Capitol are (from left) Joe Willis, Executive Director and Jeremy Ragland, Deputy Director, NWAEDD, State Representative Jack Fortner, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Mayor Jeff Braim, and ANRC Executive Director Bruce Holland.  


Gentry received a Grant for $15,000.00 from the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program

Gentry Receives Rural Community Grant for $15,000.00

Gentry Receives Rural Community Grant for $15,000.00

Pictured from Left to Right: NWAEDD Tina Cole, ARDC Commissioner James Myatt, Mayor Kevin Johnston, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC VP of Operations Amy Fecher, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, Rural Services Director Alex Johnston.



Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $261,512.35 to 27 rural communities on Thursday, October 13, 2016.  The communities were selected for Fiscal Year 2017 Cycle I funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.


In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development grant on behalf of Gentry in Benton County.  Gentry received a  grant  for $15,000.00 to install a walking trail within the Flint Creek Nature Center Trailhead.


Cotter Receives $15,000.00 from ADRS Rural Community Grant Program

Cotter Receives $15,000.00The City of Cotter received a Rural Community Grant from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services to assist in the demolition of its Spring House. This particular grant requires a 50/50 match and the city received the maximum award of $15,000.00. The Spring House is a community building that was in such disrepair that it was no longer able to be utilized. Demolition proved to be more economically feasible than renovation with the problems facing the structure. The long term goal is to rebuild a new community center at that site. NWAEDD hopes to be involved in that project in the future!


Promise Program Employs Teens with Disabilities

Arkansas Promise LogoSixty teens with disabilities from Benton and Washington Counties are on the job thanks to the Arkansas Promise Program. As reported in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, the grant pays each participants’ wages for 400 hours divided into two summers of work.

Arkansas PROMISE is a research project open to youth ages 14 to 16 who currently receive SSI benefits. Services include: Intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, benefits counseling, health and wellness training, and money to address emergency financial needs. For more information, contact David Whitten, the Northwest Arkansas Recruiter, at 479-305-4278.

House of Hope Receives $3,000.00 from the Walmart Foundation to Purchase Washers & Dryers

House-of-HopeThe House of Hope, through a coordinated effort with the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD), received a $3,000.00 grant from Walmart to purchase two sets of energy efficient washers & dryers. The grant will allow the House of Hope to offer clients an efficient method of doing laundry and will ensure that program participants are able to present themselves in a professional manner with potential employers.

“We are extremely grateful to Walmart for offering this grant opportunity,” said House of Hope Executive Director Ken Bailey. “With this generous donation from Walmart we will be able to continue offering laundry services to our clients and will be able to do so in a more effective manner.” continue reading…

Parks & Tourism Workshop a Success

Parks & Tourism Workshop May 2015

Parks & Tourism Workshop May 2015

NWAEDD hosted a grants workshop with the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism to discuss their Outdoor Recreation Grants Program. The event was well attended with all nine NWAEDD counties being represented. Mike Sprague and Matt McNair represented Parks and Tourism.  If you were unable to attend and are interested in one of these grant programs, please contact our office at 870-741-5404. Below is a description of each grant program. continue reading…