Harrison, AR (January 2022) The Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District (NWAEDD) is pleased to announce that 14 communities across the nine-county region have recently been awarded grant funds totaling more than $1 million from state & federal agencies. There were several successful grant proposals for 2021 and the last quarter of the year was no exception.
NWAEDD serves 82 members which includes nine counties and 73 municipalities across the region through its grant administration program. Since 1967, NWAEDD has worked with member governments to secure federal and state funds to ensure a high quality of life in Northwest Arkansas.
The Community & Economic Development professionals are always honored to assist local officials and community members with such impactful projects. They work with members from the beginning planning phases until long after the projects are completed to ensure quality and compliance. In December alone, NWAEDD received confirmation that 15 grant applications had been awarded. These included funding from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services (DRS), the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism Outdoor Recreation Grants Program, the Arkansas State Highway Commission, and the United States Department of Justice.
Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Division of Rural Services (DRS)
- Boone County on behalf of the Bergman Volunteer Fire Department $12,728
- City of Cotter $15,000
- City of Gravette $15,000
- Town of Pindall $61,598
- City of Winslow $ 58,626
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism
Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
- City of Goshen $75,000
- City of Johnson $225,000
- City of Mountain Home $225,000
- City of Valley Springs $91,385
- Washington County on behalf of the Brentwood Community Park $49,227
Arkansas State Highway Commission
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) & Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
- City of Cotter $49,000
- City of Gassville $50,000
- City of Harrison $300,000
- City of Yellville $75,000
United States Department of Justice
- The 14th Judicial Drug Court which serves Baxter, Boone, Marion, and Newton counties will receive $550,000 for a Veterans Drug Treatment Program over the next three years.
These grant funds will allow the communities to repair and construct new park amenities, renovate community centers, update vehicles and equipment for volunteer fire departments, and provide drug treatment services for veterans. The Executive Director for NWAEDD, Joe Willis, said he “is proud of the progress made in 2021 and only expects more to follow this year.”