Monday, January 30, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - January 30, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Calendar – January 30 – February 3, 2012


MONDAY Mark & Susan – Siloam Springs (merchant visits & Chamber presentation); Nancy – out

TUESDAY Susan – Batesville (merchant visits)

WEDNESDAY Cary – Colorado Preservation Conference

THURSDAY Greg, - Eureka Springs (company picnic); Mark & Susan – Hardy (merchant visits); Cary – Colorado Preservation Conference – (session)

FRIDAY Greg – Eureka Springs; Cary – Colorado Preservation Conference (session)



Main Street Searcy Press

Main Street Blytheville Press

Main Street Russellville Master Plan Press

Downtown Walnut Ridge/Beatles Press

2 Grant Opportunities

The Greenest Building is the One Already Built

Main Street Searcy Press

Main Street Blytheville Press

Main Street Russellville Downtown Masterplan

More Downtown Walnut Ridge/Beatles Press

Tony Hawk Foundation Announces New Guidelines for Skatepark Grants
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for the construction of high-quality public skateparks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas across the United States; the previous limit of two applications per organization has been rescinded.

Hat tip to the National Main Street Center for this one.

Model Your Town competition: Google’s doing it again. Apply by March 1st to join the competition to build 3D models of your town’s buildings using Google SketchUp. Learn more.

The Greenest Building is the One Already Built

In the right context….

“. . . but the inclusion of “human health” and “ecosystem quality” raises more questions than answers. Neither is really explained in the 94-page report, though there is a list (and only a list) of indicators

Monday, January 23, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - January 23, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Calendar – January 23 - 27, 2012



TUESDAY Cary, Sam, Mark, Susan – Blytheville (board training & merchant site visits)






Beatles Devotee Opens Shop in Walnut Ridge

Parking & Its High Cost

Taking Parking Lots Seriously as Public Spaces

Grant Opportunity

IRS Ruling

Grants from the National Trust Now Available

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting applications for grants from the National Trust Preservation Fund, the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. The application deadline for all four programs is Feb. 1. Guidelines and links to applications can be found here. (Please note: the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns uses the general National Trust Preservation Fund grant application. Grants from the Hart Fund are awarded to projects in communities with populations of 5,000 or less.)

Any questions can be sent to

IRS Ruling

On December 3, the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2011 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2011, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

· 51 cents per mile for business miles driven;

· 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes; and

· 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. For more information, see our article on charitable deductions for volunteers and IRS Revenue Procedure 2009-54.

Question: What Can a Volunteer Deduct?

Answer: First, you can’t deduct the value of your time or services. If you volunteer for a Qualified Organization (QO), however, you can deduct on your income taxes:

· For the use of your car: actual costs of gas and oil to and from the QO location, or 14 cents per mile (it’s your choice) – plus tolls and parking, in either case.

· Other costs, if they are (i) unreimbursed, and (ii) directly connected with the services you gave, and (iii) incurred only because of the services you gave, and (iv) not personal, living or family expenses.

See IRS Publication 526. Be sure to keep good records.

Of course, you can only deduct these costs if you (a) file an income tax return and (b) itemize your deductions

Friday, January 13, 2012


People and projects in thirteen Arkansas communities were honored January 11 with Main Street Arkansas awards, Main Street Arkansas Director Cary Tyson announced today. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The Main Street Arkansas awards are presented biannually to recognize outstanding achievements by individuals, organizations and communities in helping to revitalize their downtown areas. The Main Street Arkansas Advisory Board selects the winners. The awards were presented at the annual conference of the Arkansas Municipal League in Little Rock.

Those receiving Main Street Arkansas Awards were:
Best Special Event – Main Street Searcy’s “Get Down Downtown”
Best New Exterior Signage – Main Street Batesville and Gilbert and Melody Gomez’s Impulse/Body Fit
Main Street Hero – Shelly Simmons of Main Street Siloam Springs and Dina Mason of Main Street Paragould
Best Façade Renovation over $10,000 – Ellington/Holifield Building, Main Street Paragould
Best Façade Renovation under $10,000 – Stotts Drugstore, Main Street Searcy
Best New Downtown Business – Pour Jon’s Coffee & Tea, Main Street Siloam Springs
Best Upper Floor Development – JKJ Architects and Main Street Rogers, and Iron Mountain Lofts and Main Street Paragould
Best Main Street Merchant – Hoffman’s, Main Street Ozark
Best Adaptive Reuse – Masonic Hall/Russellville City Hall and Main Street Russellville, and Greyhound Bus Station and Main Street Blytheville
Best Interior Design Project – Old National Bank of Commerce Building, Main Street Paragould
Best Downtown Public Improvement Project – Intersection/Lighting and Walnut Street Awning Removal Projects, City of Rogers and Main Street Rogers
Best Web Presence and Use of Social Media –Main Street El Dorado
Best Public/Private Partnership – Citizens for Downtown Batesville, Citizens Bank of Batesville and Main Street Batesville
Bootstrap Award – SoMa (Little Rock)
Outstanding Executive Director – Kerry Jensen, Main Street Rogers
Back from the Brink Award – Landers Theater/Fellowship Bible Church, Main Street Batesville
Heritage Preservation Award – Main Street DumasAward of Merit – Main Street Texarkana Revolving Loan Fund and Main Street West Memphis CDBG Façade Grant Program.

To see more photos from the event, click!/MainStreetArkansas.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Update - January 9, 2012

Main Street Arkansas Calendar – January 9 - 13, 2012


MONDAY AHPP Staff Planning


WEDNESDAY all staff – Municipal League

THURSDAY all staff – Mosaic Templars


SATURDAY Cary, Greg, Sam, Susan, Mark – Russellville Board Retreat & Training



It’s the Staff’s Job to Make Committees Effective

Take Back the Alleys

Blytheville Hosts MSA Seminar

Grant Opportunities

How to Become a Non-Profit Rockstar

Festival & Event Conference in MS

5 Grant Opportunities

It’s the Staff’s Job to Make Committees Effective

Take Back the Alleys

Blytheville Hosts MSA Seminar

How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar

Trista Harris will discuss her book, "How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career," in which she and co-author Rosetta Thurman provide a do-it-yourself map of how to navigate the nonprofit sector. Harris is executive director of Headwaters Foundation for Justice, a Minneapolis-based community foundation with a mission to act as a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. This lecture is sponsored by the Clinton School, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Little Rock and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2011

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Lecture, *Book signing to follow.

Where: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall

*Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms at, or calling 501-683-5239.


WHEN: JANUARY 24-25, 2012


Want to register for the conference? Email your contact information to Denise Halbach. $75 registration fee (in state) until Jan. 15, 2012. Click here for more information on the conference or to pay online. Questions about registration? Call 601-944-0113.

Reserve your hotel room at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis for special group rate of $79 until Jan. 15th. Call (866) 7-LUCKY-1. Please let them know you are with the Back Stage Pass conference group.

The 2012 Back Stage Pass Festival & Event Coordinators' Conference is presented by the Mississippi Main Street Association, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority Division of Tourism.

Back Stage Pass is a symposium that focuses on planning for festivals and special events through the sharing of ideas and like experiences with fundraisers and event planners throughout the Southeast. The Festival and Event conference is a new collaboration among the Mississippi Main Street Association, Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority. For the first time, the three statewide organizations will be partnering to present one high quality festival and event coordinators’ program. Please join us at the Hollywood Resort, in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, on January 24-25, 2012 for fun, camaraderie and learning, as we explore ways to develop and enhance events that build community character and contribute to the creative economy and community members’ quality of life.

Click here to download Exhibitor information and application. Please email or fax the Exhibitor application to Jeannie Waller, 601.353.3469 (f). All applications must be received by Jan. 15th.

Grants for Arts Projects

Application guidelines for the next round of Grants for Arts Projects are now available on the NEA's website. To view the guidelines, go to, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and choose Grants for Arts Projects from the list of funding opportunities.

Organizations may apply under the following categories:

  • Art Works: To support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Within these areas, innovative projects are strongly encouraged. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. (Two application deadlines: March 8 and August 9, 2012)
  • Challenge America Fast-Track: To support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Grants are for $10,000. (Application deadline: May 24, 2012)

Thanks to the National Main Street Center for pointing this one out

Urban Sustainability Directors Network/Local Sustainability Matching Fund

· In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network is pleased to announce the formation of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The Fund has been created with leadership support from four Network members: the Kendeda Fund, the New York Community Trust, the Summit Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.

· The purpose of the Local Sustainability Matching Fund is twofold: to catalyze partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations, including community foundations, and to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Fund will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundation. The Network anticipates that the Fund will support up to ten partnership projects in the first year in two rounds in the spring and fall of 2012.

· The application deadline for the first round is March 5th, and you may download the Request for Proposals here. Applications must be submitted in MS Word and use the application Cover Sheet. The Network will host a conference call to provide more information on the fund and review the selection criteria. The call will be held on January 24th, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, and you may register for the call by clicking here.

· A selection committee comprised of foundation representatives and urban sustainability directors will make selection decisions on behalf of the matching fund, and awards will be announced on May 5, 2012. For more information on the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, please contact Ann Wallace at or 617-524-9239.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track, FY2013 Grant

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. This category encourages and supports the following two outcomes: •Engagement: Engaging the public with diverse and excellent art. •Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts. You will be asked to select the outcome that is most relevant to your project (you also will be able to select a secondary outcome). When making selections, you should identify the outcome(s) that reflect the results expected to be achieved by your project. If you receive a grant, you also will be asked to provide evidence of those results.

ACF Giving Tree Grant

20 of Arkansas Community Foundation’s 27 affiliate offices will be participating in this year’s spring giving tree grant cycle. Since you all serve a broad constituency we, as always, thought we’d enlist your support to help us get the word out about this opportunity. Please feel free to forward this announcement to all those in your networks that meet the eligibility and could benefit from this program. More information on this program can be found by following this link ARCF Giving Tree Grants.

AmeriCorps Grants Available

AmeriCorps programs address disaster services, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, economic opportunity, veterans and military families, and capacity building as defined by a local sponsoring organization. AmeriCorps programs recruit and place members in direct service to their community to fulfill these initiatives. Applications will be accepted for grants in the 2012-2013 Arkansas state AmeriCorps formula funding cycle. Successful applicants will be expected to establish programs and begin recruiting members to serve in programs beginning September 1 or October 1, 2012 for up to a one year period.

State Formula Grants

· Provide funds for AmeriCorps member living allowances (full-time $12,100 per year), post service education awards of $5,550 and program operational costs.

· The program must provide at least 24% cash and/or in-kind non-federal match.

· The program must be able to manage the intricacies of a federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the compliance and reporting requirements it entails and be a 501c (3) or be associated with a local government, state agency or educational institution.

· A minimum of eight (8) full-time AmeriCorps member slots constitutes a program to be considered for this application. Programs may serve as intermediary organizations, distributing fewer members to collaborating organizations to compose a program.

· Program staff must be able to devote time to recruitment, training and management of AmeriCorps members, including time keeping, records maintenance, supervision of service sites and member training and development.

· Program staff should include strong fiscal oversight.

· Program staff are required to attend quarterly meetings and monthly conference calls, complete quarterly financial and program progress reports, participate in statewide service days and cooperate in site visits from the Arkansas Service Commission. Program Staff will be trained by the Commission in program management.

This application is for program funds only. Persons interested in serving as AmeriCorps members should contact the Commission office. The Commission encourages persons with disabilities to serve as AmeriCorps members. Concept paper for new applicants is due January 26, 2012. A free Grant Writing workshop will be held February 24, 2012. Applications must be entered in eGrants system to be accepted. Original full application with budget and 16 copies are due no later than 12 p.m. (noon) Friday, April 6, 2012. Application instructions, NOFO, concept paper template and workshop registrations are available on the Arkansas Department of Human Services web site:

Contact Beverly Moody at 501-682-7540 or TDD 501-682-1605 or

Beverly.moody at for further information.


P. O. Box 1437, Slot S-230 or 700 South Main St., Slot S-230

Little Rock, AR 72203 Little Rock, AR 72201