Monday, October 11, 2010

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 11, 2010

Looking for a continuing education opportunity?  Consider the Arkansas Community Development Society's conference October 21 in Conway.  More information at


Main Street Arkansas Calendar October 11-  15, 2010



WEDNESDAY                    Mark, Susan – Blytheville


FRIDAY                                Greg – Jonesboro; Mark – Blytheville




Congrats to Downtown Eureka Springs & Main Street Helena

Henry Awards

King Biscuit is Back

2 Grant Opportunities


Congratulations to Downtown Eureka Springs on receiving a grant from the Arkansas Coalition for Excellence that will provide training on leadership, grant writing, financial management and other management topics through the Strengthening Communities Fund program


Also, congratulations to Main Street Helena on their receipt of a $8,000 Federal Home Loan Bank grant. 


Henry Awards


King Biscuit is Back

- reminder that King Biscuit began as a fundraiser for Main Street Helena.  They're still involved today. 


2 Grant Opportunities

Grants Available to Help Nonprofit Organizations With Fundraising

Achieve, an Indianapolis-based consulting firm that provides fundraising, strategic planning, and management counsel to nonprofit organizations, is offering service grants to nonprofit organizations seeking assistance with fundraising. This is the third year Achieve is offering the program to organizations across the United States.

Seven grants are available for 2011: one for Achieve consulting services (value to be determined by scope of services, up to $20,000); two grants to the Achieve Academy, which includes a five-part webinar and one-on-one coaching on either Millennial engagement, developing a fundraising plan, or online engagement (valued at $350); and four grants for premium subscriptions to Achieve Access, an online resource library of more than 270 templates and guidance pieces, an annual pass to twelve webinars, and a subscription to Achieve's monthly newsletter (valued at $199).

Grantees will be selected based on each organization's level of need, type of assistance requested, and organizational readiness as described in the grant application. Selections will be made by Achieve's advisory board.

Achieve will offer an informational webinar on this grants program on October 14, 2010. Complete program information is available at the Achieve Web site.


Projects Encouraging Bicycling Funded a good fit for downtowns
Bikes Belong Coalition
The goal of the Bikes Belong Coalition, sponsored by the American bicycle industry, is putting more people on bicycles more often. The Bikes Belong Grants Program provides support for projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. Funded projects can include bike paths, lanes, and routes, as well as bike parks, mountain bike trails, BMX facilities, and bicycle advocacy initiatives. The focus of the facility grant category is to connect existing facilities or create new biking opportunities. The advocacy grant category seeks to support large-scale, innovative, replicable advocacy initiatives that significantly increase ridership and improve conditions for bicycling in big U.S. cities. Applications are reviewed three times per year; the final 2010 deadline is November 30. Visit the Coalition's website to submit an online application.




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


Visit our website at: Sign up for our free e-newsletter at:  and check out our blog at: or visit our myspace page at  become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Link to me at


The mission of Main Street Arkansas is to be the leading resource for communities seeking to revitalize their historic downtown commercial districts and to provide technical assistance and expertise to designated Main Street Arkansas communities through the implementation of the National Trust's Main Street Center's comprehensive Four-Point Approach™.   Main Street Arkansas is a preservation-based economic development program housed in the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. 


Help make the earth a greener place. If at all possible resist printing this email and join us in saving paper.



Stay informed:
Honorable James F. Valley
MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
226 Perry Street
Helena-West Helena, 72342
501-291-1735 Main Number
870-817-7400 Phone
870-817-4035 Cell
800-517-7240 Fax

No comments: