Lonoke County was one of several Arkansas communities to receive a Community Development Block Grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission in June.

The $216,000 grant is for construction of a 2,750-square-foot building addition to the Wade Knox Children’s Advocacy Center in Lonoke.

Statewide, $1,660,568 in grants were distributed to 10 Arkansas communities. The grants are awarded under the General Assistance and Innovative Projects line item, designed to provide communities the opportunity to apply for grants not covered under other funding categories.

All Arkansas cities and counties are eligible for the grant program with the exception of 14 entitlement cities that receive CDBG funds directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. To be eligible, more than half the population benefiting from the grants must be of low to moderate income.

For more information on the CDBG program, contact the Grants Management Division at 501-682-1211, or visit the website of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at www.ArkansasEDC.com