The Arkansas Economic Development Commission awarded more than $7 million Community Development Block Grants to 23 Arkansas counties and communities, including Eudora and Hermitage in Southeast Arkansas. 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.

The funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant State Program for Small Cities.

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 people benefitting from the project must have low to moderate incomes.

The 23 projects include the following cities and counties:

$199,950 for emergency shelter improvements in Eudora
$358,640 for new wastewater construction in Hermitage
$95,000 for drainage improvements in Alicia (Lawrence County)
$200,000 for public library construction in Augusta (Woodruff County)
$200,000 for water rehabilitation in Beedeville (Jackson County)
$200,000 for wastewater rehab in Birdsong (Mississippi County)
$558,162 for new water construction in Bodcaw (Nevada County)
$200,000 for wastewater rehab in Bonanza (Sebastian County)
$1 million for new water construction in Briarcliff (Baxter County)
$198,265 for health unit improvements in Carroll County
$200,000 for drainage improvements in Dell (Mississippi County)
$199,825 for wastewater rehab in Dierks (Howard County)
$133,574 for wastewater rehab in Emerson (Columbia County)
$200,000 for wastewater rehab in England (Lonoke County)
$1 million for new wastewater construction in Flippin (Marion County)
$199,200 for water rehabilitation in Howard County
$823,200 for wastewater rehabilitation in Hughes (St. Francis County)
$200,000 for senior center improvements in Izard County
$200,000 for wastewater rehab in Kensett (White County)
$200,000 for senior center construction in Mammoth Spring (Fulton County)
$200,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center renovations in Mountain Home (Baxter County)
$197,150 for street improvements in Peach Orchard (Clay County)
$200,000 for food pantry expansion in Tuckerman (Jackson County)