Grant roundup for September
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 several times a month using a similar graphic and headline. Obviously, in recent weeks we’ve been more lax but we are working to be more diligent.
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).
The University of Arkansas System’s Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock will receive $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to launch the Cyber Crimes Training Initiative, which will offer courses on investigating Internet crimes to Arkansas’s law enforcement officers.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and Community Health Centers of Arkansas, Inc. will receive a five-year, $2,785,472 National Institute of Mental Health grant to develop a partnership between UAMS and CHCA researchers to help health care professionals at Arkansas’s Community Health Centers diagnose and treat patients with bipolar disorder and alcohol dependence.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will receive a total of $868,665 in U.S. Department of Justice funds to hire new employees, provide training for forensic analysts and coroners, and purchase new equipment. The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will use $655,503 under the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program to hire three additional serologists, who will screen evidence for biological fluids. The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration will use $213,162 in Forensic Science Improvement funds to support continuing education programs for forensic scientists to help them maintain their certifications in their respective disciplines and remain fully informed of new methods and instruments for forensic analysis.
The Arkansas Department of Health will receive $897,467 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support six preventive health services programs in Arkansas. The programs are: the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Program; Tuberculosis Control and Treatment; Workforce and Career Development; Sex Offense Set Aside; Hometown and Health Improvement and Nutrition and Physical Activity.
Mississippi County will receive a $1.2 million Economic Development Administration grant to make improvements to two aviation maintenance facilities utilized by Aviation Repair Technologies in Blytheville, which will allow the company to create 300 new jobs.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will receive a total of $2,377,045 in United States Department of Agriculture funds to strengthen the research, teaching, and outreach capabilities at the university in an effort to recruit and train students for careers in agriculture.
The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care in Little Rock will receive a $299,397 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to research ways to improve Arkansas’s immunization reminder and recall systems to ensure more children receive vaccinations.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Youth Services will receive a $360,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to support gang prevention programs as well as programs that provide substance abuse treatment, mental health services and other services for Arkansas’s youth.
The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration will receive a $1,545,759 U.S. Department of Justice grant to support victim’s services as well as law enforcement and prosecution to help prevent violence against women in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Department of Community Correction and the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts will receive a total of $871,546 in U.S. Department of Justice funds to help former prisoners secure temporary housing, treatment and other services they need to transition to law-abiding life.
The Baxter-Marion Rural Water Association No. 1 will receive a total of $7,630,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Recovery Act funds to construct a booster pump station, ground storage tank and a water line distribution system that will connect area residents to the existing city of Mountain Home water system. The water line extension will provide 600 residential and 35 other users with an adequate supply of potable water. In addition, this project is expected to create or save 175 jobs.
Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc., based in Fayetteville, will receive a $500,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to continue developing High-Temperature Silicon-Carbide Power Modules, a project that has been recognized as one of the world’s top 100 new technology breakthroughs by R&D Magazine. This new technology has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumed by computers, electronics, vehicles and manufacturing equipment, thereby lowering energy costs for consumers.
Reynolds Media, Inc., headquartered in Harrison, will receive a $40,000 U.S. Department of Commerce grant to help pay for two new transmitters that will support its Hometown TV stations in Harrison and Mountain Home.
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock will receive a total of $1,233,954 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants to train resident physicians and medical students. Funds will train resident physicians on how to treat patients with chronic diseases and educate medical students on working in the primary care field, allowing them to work under physicians. The funds will also help purchase new equipment for the dental hygienist program at UAMS. Funds specifically for the new dental equipment are provided under the Recovery Act.
The Arkansas Development Finance Authority will receive $5 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was signed into law in July. The funding will help stabilize communities in Arkansas that have suffered from high rates of foreclosure.
Connect Arkansas will receive a total of $7,796,866 in Recovery Act funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce to improve broadband connectivity in the state. Connect Arkansas is a private, non-profit organization that is implementing a community-based initiative to promote Internet access and education.
Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville will receive a $495,000 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to expand its nursing program.
The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway will receive a combined $386,235 in National Science Foundation grants to conduct research that will help improve management of the Ozark Highland streams near Fayetteville by determining the impact that phosphorus in the stream has on aquatic wildlife.
Arkansas will receive $1,260,046 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers better understand and navigate their health care and long-term care options. The funds are allocated through the Affordable Care Act and will be distributed to the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will receive a three-year, $1.5 million grant under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Disability Employment Initiative to improve education, training and employment opportunities for youth and adults who are unemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
Arkansas will receive a $7.3 million Recovery Act investment from the United States Department of Agriculture to create jobs and provide residents in central Arkansas with access to improved broadband service. This $7.3 million award, combined with more than $2.4 million in private investment, will allow the Windstream Corporation to provide digital telephone, high-speed Internet and high-definition video and entertainment services to residential and business customers.
Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services will receive a $367,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant to support training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates and others who work with elderly victims of violence in Washington County.
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