Grant roundup for October
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. We’ve decided to provide these updates once a month, to share the grants announced the previous month.
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).
Arkansas organizations will receive a total of $385,752 in U.S. Department of Justice funding under the Violence Against Women Act to support Arkansas’s rape crisis centers, train law enforcement officers and instruct those who work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence on how best to work with victims.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration will distribute its $169,305 grant to the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault to support Arkansas’s 11 rape crisis centers, which are located in Batesville, Camden, Clarksville, Conway, De Queen, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Pine Bluff, Springdale and Texarkana.
The Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault will also receive a $117,986 grant to provide training for employees at Arkansas’s rape crisis centers.
The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence will receive a $98,461 grant to hold workshops for law enforcement officers, personnel from domestic violence shelters and other organizations that work with victims of domestic violence.
The Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts will receive a $100,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to help deputy prosecutors and deputy public defenders throughout Arkansas repay their student loans.The Arkansas Prosecutor Coordinator’s Office and Arkansas Public Defender Commission will review applications and determine how to make awards to deputy prosecutors and deputy public defenders based on their financial need. These awards will be distributed in areas around the state. Attorneys who receive loan repayment assistance must commit to working as prosecutors or public defenders in Arkansas for at least three years.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will receive a $74,991 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to develop programs that will train health professionals to work with geriatric patients suffering from severe illnesses. Funds will be used to develop an online continuing education curriculum that focuses on palliative care, which aims to reduce the severity of symptoms for patients with severe illnesses. Courses will be offered for physicians throughout Arkansas through the eight UAMS Centers on Aging across the state.UAMS will also develop a training program that focuses on treating terminally ill and severely ill patients in African American and Latino communities in Arkansas. In addition, funds will be used to develop a training program for nursing staff in long-term care facilities to learn how to best to assist families and loved ones of residents who die at their institutions
The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority will receive a $20 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant to support renewable energy research at seven Arkansas universities. The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority will use its funds to support three multi-campus research networks that will study three different types of renewable energy – plant biosynthesis, solar energy and nanotechnology.
The following Arkansas colleges and universities will benefit from this funding:
- the University of Central Arkansas in Conway;
- the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville;
- the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith;
- Arkansas State University in Jonesboro;
- the University of Arkansas at Little Rock;
- Philander Smith College in Little Rock; and
- the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The Fayetteville Housing Authority will receive an $84,393 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to help 25 local veterans secure affordable housing. Funds will be used to provide rental assistance vouchers for homeless veterans and their families in Fayetteville and surrounding communities. HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, which awards funds to public housing agencies that partner with VA medical facilities, will allow the Fayetteville Housing Authority to support 25 more veterans in addition to the 35 veterans it already serves.
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Arkansas Department of Career Education, will receive a $61,949 U.S. Department of Education grant to provide distance education opportunities for their employees, who are tasked with job training, education and other services for the disabled.
ARS will use its funds to purchase video-conferencing and other computer equipment to establish a distance education program for counselors and business relations representatives at 19 field offices throughout Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services will receive a total of $3,484,941 to expand treatment and services for Arkansans struggling with drug and alcohol addiction as well as related mental health problems. Funds will also be used to improve the data system that stores information on patients being treated for substance abuse and mental health disorders. Of that money, $3,352,000 will provide vouchers that patients will be able to use to receive treatment and support services at mental health clinics, community organizations and faith-based organizations in 12 Arkansas counties:Benton, Craighead, Crawford, Faulkner, Garland, Jefferson, Lonoke, Pulaski, Saline, Sebastian and Washington and White Counties.
The remaining $132,941 will be used to improve DHS’ data system, which contains information on patients who are treated for drug abuse and mental health disorders at 13 community health providers, two specialty mental health clinics and the Arkansas State Hospital.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas in North Little Rock will receive a $255,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to collaborate with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas in Conway and of Northwest Arkansas in Springdale. Funds will be used to support 10 staff members at the three Arkansas Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations. These staff members are tasked with helping recruit children and volunteers to participate in the program, interviewing and conducting background checks on participants, training volunteers and overseeing the program. Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations will serve approximately 255 children of inmates in the next year in Benton, Faulkner, Independence, Jackson, Pope, Pulaski and Washington Counties.
Community Resource Group, Inc. in Fayetteville will receive a $1,435,344 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to continue helping small towns and rural communities across Arkansas improve their water supply and handle waste disposal problems and needs. CRG is a regional nonprofit community development organization headquartered in Fayetteville with field office staff that serve Arkansas and six other states: Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The organization provides onsite assistance and training to small towns and rural utilities under its Community Assistance Program and makes direct loans for water and wastewater capital improvement projects under its Community Loan Fund.
The Arkansas Department of Health will receive a $200,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to hire a performance improvement manager and performance data manager for the department. The performance improvement manager will help create a new unit dedicated to improving accountability and efficiency at Arkansas’s Department of Health, and coordinate the Department of Health’s efforts to obtain accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board.
The performance data manager will oversee efforts to ensure the Arkansas Department of Health has the data infrastructure it needs to maintain adequate records for Arkansans who participate in the Department of Health programs that focus on wellness, prevention and other areas, and to track their health outcomes.
The Arkansas Department of Health will receive a $502,594 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to hire four new workers and purchase laboratory equipment that will help identify and control diseases in Arkansas. Funds will be used to purchase a genetic analyzer and supporting laboratory equipment, and to hire several new personnel.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will receive a $272,518 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to train Arkansas’s first responders on best practices for responding to emergencies involving hazardous chemicals and other materials. Funds will be used to hire adjunct instructors who will train first responders at police and fire departments throughout Arkansas, as well as help the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management conduct planning and purchase equipment for training courses.
The Arkansas Department of Health will receive a $1,241,740 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to support programs that help improve the health of mothers and children. Funds will be used to support maternal and child health programs aimed at reducing infant mortality, increasing the number of children immunized against disease, expanding access to maternity care for women, and supporting child care and health services for children with special needs. Services for pregnant mothers are offered at 59 maternity clinics throughout Arkansas, and child health services are offered at local health units at 94 locations in Arkansas’s 75 counties.
The Arkansas State Police will receive a $507,971 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to continue statewide traffic safety programs in Arkansas. Funds will be used to support programs that enforce drunk driving, speeding and seat belt laws, and promote traffic safety through education programs and advertising campaigns. These resources will be distributed to police departments throughout Arkansas to promote and enforce traffic safety.
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