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Bodcaw Receives New Water Construction Grant

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 08/18/20 6:00 PM

LITTLE ROCK  – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) has awarded $7,162,966 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to 23 Arkansas counties and communities.

The grants were awarded under the General Assistance set-aside, which is designed to provide communities the opportunity to apply for a variety of non-housing public facility and public infrastructure projects. These funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) State Program for Small Cities.

The 23 projects include the following southwest Arkansas cities and counties:

  • Bodcaw: $558,162—New water construction
  • Dierks: $199,825—Wastewater rehab
  • Emerson: $133,574—Wastewater rehab
  • Howard County: $199,200—Water rehab

To be eligible for CDBG funds through this program, communities must have a population of less than 50,000, and at least 51 percent of the persons benefiting from the project must be of low- to moderate-income. All Arkansas cities and counties are eligible for the grant program with the exception of 13 entitlement cities that receive CDBG funds directly from HUD.