Monday, December 21, 2009

Main Street Arkansas Update - December 21, 2009

Happy Holidays to each of you. 


Caroline – out all week


Main Street Arkansas Calendar December 21-25, 2009     


MONDAY             Susan, Nancy – out           
TUESDAY             Nancy, Greg - out

WEDNESDAY     Mark, Greg – out; Cary – out, p.m.

THURSDAY          office closed

FRIDAY               office closed 





LEED Buildings Still Waste Energy

Ghosts of Shopping Malls Past

Does Shopping Local Really Matter

Free Shop Local Ads/Posters

Civil War Marker Program

Add Your Town to the Community Almanac – Free

7 Grant Opportunities


LEED-certified buildings are clean, innovative, and environmentally friendly. But why are they wasting so much energy?

- I tried to ask a very similar question at Mr. Fredrizzi's appearance at the Clinton School, but wasn't lucky enough to get called on.  You can watch Mr. Fredrizzi here:

It's worth noting & the article points out that LEED-EB (for existing buildings) is addressing some of these issues. 


Ghosts of Shopping Malls Past


Does Shopping Local Really Matter?


Free Shop Local Ads/Posters


Civil War Marker Program

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission invites groups and organizations around the state to sponsor a historical marker telling how the Civil War affected their area.


The Commission is urging local groups around the state to tell the stories of how the Civil War impacted their communities. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program is intended to provide a lasting record of the legacy of the war in Arkansas.


Through the program, which received initial funding from the federal Preserve America program, the ACWSC will contribute up to $1,000 toward the creation of historical markers. Commission historians will work with the local sponsors to ensure that all of the information on the markers is accurate.


Application forms are available by writing Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 or sending an e-mail message to or They also can be downloaded at


For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit or e-mail We hope to work with you on this important commemoration.



Add Your Town to the Community Almanac

Community Almanac was designed to be accessible to people of all ages and technical abilities, from students in the classroom to officials on the local planning board. For those without easy access to a computer, there is even a simple way for one person to post another's content. This makes for a broad body of material that is reflective of a town's true character.


NEW! National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture


Help institutions and organizations strengthen their ability to explore significant themes and events in American history

Non-profit institutions (excluding public and private elementary and secondary schools) working wholly or in part with the humanities; award amount will vary depending on match available; cost sharing is required

Successful applicants will be offered a matching grant. Recipients must raise three times the amount of federal funds offered

Office of Challenge Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities
Room 420, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20506   202-606-8309




NEW! Fiskar's Project Orange Thumb Gardening Grant


neighborhood beautification and horticulture education

Community garden groups, as well as schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities; up to $1,000 worth of Fiskar's gardening tools and up to $1,000 worth of other gardening materials; number available is unknown

Attn: Project Orange Thumb
780 Carolina Street
Sauk City, WI 53583


Arkansas Department of Rural Services Rural Community Grants Program


Improvement of local fire protection & related emergency services and construction, development & improvement of local facilities

Incorporated cities/towns & unincorporated communities in RURAL areas of less than 3,000 in population; cost sharing is 50/50 match; max award $15,000; number available will vary

AR Dept. of Rural Services

101 East Capitol, Suite 202

Little Rock, AR  72201












Entergy Corporation Open Grants Program


Focuses on improving communities as a whole

Non-profit organizations; number of awards available and amount of award will vary











Kresge Foundation


Building nonprofit sustainability through capital challenge grants

501c3 organizations; amount/number of awards available will vary

3215 W. Big Beaver Road

Troy, MI  48084    248-643-9630






Verizon Foundation


To improve the quality of life in Verizon communities

Non profit org., elementary/secondary schools; award amounts/# available vary




Tony Hawk Foundation Offers Grants for Skatepark Construction
Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, state and local government agencies, and public school systems working to create or develop high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas across the country....

Posted on December 10, 2009
Deadline: March 1, 2010




Cary Tyson


Main Street Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

1500 Tower Building

323 Center Street

Little Rock, AR 72201


501.324.9186 voice

501.324.9184 fax


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