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Grant roundup: August 4, 2010

By: 4 August 2010 One Comment

We at First Arkansas News are working to provide readers with frequent updates of federal grants and other money that is being given throughout the state. Look for these updates to happen just about every week using a similar graphic and headline.

The updates will include all the notifications we’ve received of federal grants, etc. since the last update. All of these monies are announced on behalf of Arkansas’ federal legislators: U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor; and U.S. Representatives Marion Berry (AR-01), Vic Snyder (AR-02) and Mike Ross (AR-04).

Here are the latest grants and awards:

$292,ooo to protect children online

The Arkansas State Police will receive a $292,419 U.S. Department of Justice grant to support efforts to protect children from online predators and crack down on child pornography.

Funding under DOJ’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program will provide investigative tools and training to state and local law enforcement officers so they can investigate cases involving online predators, child prostitution, child pornography and obscenity toward minors. The State Police will coordinate with state and local law enforcement agencies to distribute funds, which will be used for law enforcement training, prosecution, investigations, forensic lab work and public awareness efforts.

$107,000 to research sustainable packaging

The University of Arkansas will receive a National Science Foundation grant for $107,218 to research ways to maximize efficiency in distribution and shipping centers. Changing the way that companies store and transport their goods to realize greater efficiencies has the potential to save companies billions of dollars and also reduce their energy consumption.

Dr. Russell Meller, U of A professor of industrial engineering and the director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Excellence in Logistics and Distribution, is leading the project.

In this project, Meller will study the potential benefits of using standard sizes of shipping containers to move goods across the country, which would ensure that trucks and trains transporting goods are carrying the maximum amount of freight at any given time. The research will address what size these containers should be. Realizing greater efficiency in this way would help goods reach their destinations more quickly, and it would take unnecessary trucks off the road and reduce transportation costs.

The study will also look at the possibility of distribution centers being shared among companies to help businesses realize maximum efficiency. Doing so has the potential to save companies money and reduce greenhouse gases by limiting the miles traveled in shipping and distribution.

$2.8 million to construct visitor centers at 3 wildlife refuges

Three of Arkansas’s national wildlife refuges will receive a combined $2,815,365 in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to construct new visitor centers and a new maintenance building, which will all replace older facilities.

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in central Arkansas; Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge; and Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Arkansas will construct new visitor centers. The centers will include an information desk, office space for staff, interpretive wildlife displays and a special room for school groups. Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge will also be able to construct a maintenance building to store equipment.

$301,000 to support energy education

The Arkansas Energy Office will receive a $301,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to support education programs and initiatives to promote conservation and alternative energy in Arkansas.

Among the projects that will be supported are an energy exhibit at the Arkansas Museum of Discovery in Little Rock and regional science fairs throughout Arkansas. In addition, funding will be used to support Energizing Arkansas, a University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture quarterly publication that provides information to readers on the development of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy policy in Arkansas.

$174,000 to support gun/gang violence prevention

Arkansans for a Safer Arkansas, located in Pine Bluff, will receive a total of $174,235 in U.S. Department of Justice grants under its Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

The non-profit corporation, established to coordinate programs aimed at reducing gun violence and gang activity, will distribute DOJ funds to local law enforcement agencies on behalf of Arkansas’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices. The Project Safe Neighborhoods program supports gang prevention initiatives aimed at children in northwest and central Arkansas, and specifically works to enhance police efforts to crack down on gangs.

Arkansans for a Safer Arkansas will distribute $94,665 in funding to Pine Bluff and Little Rock law enforcement agencies for education and law enforcement efforts. The money will support a coordinator who will schedule and oversee gang prevention programs that focus on gun safety and anger management for elementary students in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County schools. In addition, the Little Rock Police Department will use its funds to help identify gang members and pay police officers overtime to perform extra patrols of areas known for gang activity.

Northwest Arkansas law enforcement agencies in Sebastian, Washington, and Benton counties will use $79,570 of the money to organize a community anti-gang task force to sponsor structured after-school activities for elementary and middle school students and give presentations to students on the consequences of gang participation. Funds will also be used to provide training for law enforcement officers to help them successfully prosecute gang-related crime.

$1 million to train rural law enforcement leaders

The University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock will receive a $1 million U.S. Department of Justice grant to continue its Rural Executive Management Institute (REMI) project that provides training for rural sheriffs and police chiefs throughout Arkansas and the United States.

REMI offers a four-day course for rural law enforcement executives and senior managers who serve cities of 25,000 or less, counties of 50,000 or less and any tribal reservation. Courses are held in five cities throughout the country and focus on management, budgeting, grant writing, technology, and other topics important to rural law enforcement managers. Funds will be used to support instructors and cover travel expenses for those who attend.

The U of A System employs four instructors to administer the program and all materials used to teach the courses are purchased in Arkansas. The program has had more than 700 total participants in its history and 72 from Arkansas.

$408,000 to support the Arkansas Geriatric Education Center

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will receive a $408,244 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to support the Arkansas Geriatric Education Center, which provides continuing education programs for health-care professionals who serve elderly patients throughout the state.

These programs for health-care professionals are held at more than 80 distance-learning sites in Arkansas. The Arkansas Geriatric Education Center also co-sponsors programs with the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System that include distance learning programs for veterans’ health care workers in Arkansas.

$742,500to purchase medical equipment for cancer institute expansion

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will receive a $742,500 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to purchase equipment that will support the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new 12-story expansion that was unveiled last week at a dedication ceremony in Little Rock.

Funds will be used to partially equip the administrative floor that will house faculty and staff in the Cancer Institute Administration and Division of Hematology/Oncology. The equipment will allow the Cancer Institute to expand staff support for hematology oncology, gynecological oncology, urological oncology and other clinical areas.

$235,000 to support manufacturing

Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, a program under the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, will receive a $235,278 U.S. Department of Commerce grant to continue its services for small and medium-sized manufacturing companies throughout the state.

Funds will continue federal support of Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions for the July through September quarter. Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions provides consulting and training services for Arkansas manufacturers to help them improve efficiency and productivity, increase revenue, assess the market for introducing new products, save on energy costs, and handle environmental, safety and tax issues.

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