Monday, October 10, 2011

Main Street Arkansas Update - October 10, 2011

Make Plans to Attend the Arkansas Community Development Society's Annual Conference – October 19, Conway, AR.  Agenda & more information here


Main Street Arkansas Calendar October 10 - 14, 2011


MONDAY                             Cary & Sam – Texarkana (program visioning);  Susan – Blytheville & Osceola (merchant visits)

TUESDAY                           Cary & Sam – Texarkana (program visioning)


THURSDAY                         Susan – annual

FRIDAY                                Cary & Susan – annual



Great Main Street Siloam Springs Vide

Main Street Paragould Press

Facebook to Offer $50 Ad Credit for Small Biz

8 Amazing Facts About Downtowns

Anatomy of a Grant Proposal

2 Grant Opportunities

RFP Mayors' Institute on Design



Great Main Street Siloam Springs Video


Main Street Paragould's Octoberfest


MSP Gives Awards


Facebook To Offer $50 Ad Credit for Small Biz in Jan


8 Amazing Facts About Downtowns


Anatomy of a Grant Proposal


Community Enhancement Programs Funded
Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, government agencies, libraries, and schools on a local and national scale that bring systemic change to the communities they serve. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories. The focus of the "Making a Difference in Children's Lives" category is on activities that serve, teach, and inspire children, youth, and families. The "Building Communities" category targets civic organizations and activities that serve the needs of company communities. The purpose of the "Disaster Relief" category is to support the relief efforts of recognized local, regional, and national agencies. Priority is given to organizations that participate in the Office Depot Foundation Leadership Network. Requests are reviewed monthly. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant application guidelines and take the eligibility survey. 


KaBOOM! Offers Let's Play Spruce Grants for Playground Maintenance

With support from Dr Pepper Snapple GroupKaBOOM! is awarding grants of $750 to communities that wish to make their playgrounds cleaner, safer, and more inviting.

Let's Play Spruce grants are designed to reward communities that have maintained and "spruced up" their playspaces since their playground build. Communities must demonstrate that they have maintained their playspace and have led an improvement project in the last sixty days.

Selected communities will receive a $750 gift card to further enhance or improve their playspace. Gift cards also can be used to refill the playground's wood fiber playground surfacing.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year; however the priority deadline is October 15, 2011.

Visit the KaBOOM! Web site for complete program guidelines and application requirements.

Link to Complete RFP


Hat Tip to National Trust Main Street Center for this one:

Funding for Microbreweries. If you have an interested entrepreneur in your town, tell them about the Samuel Adams small business loans and financial business education seminarsLearn more.


Request for Proposals--Governors' Institute for Community Design
EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities is seeking proposals to fund one applicant to operate the Governors' Institute for Community Design. The institute will select and work with interested state leaders to deliver technical assistance to implement smart growth and sustainable community development approaches.

Application deadline: December 5, 2011





Cary Tyson


Main Street Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

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