Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced last week that information on grant programs offered by the state can now be found at one place on the Internet, making these programs more accessible than ever to Arkansans. The state offers more than 150 grant programs.
The Mapping Arkansas' Progress (MAP) program will allow people to search for grants that already have been awarded. The Targeting Arkansas' Potential (TAP) program will provide a comprehensive list of state grant opportunities and links to federal grant programs. MAP will allow Arkansans to search by county, city, state agency, state grant program or year. The map version of the search will allow users to view the grants that have been awarded during the past year in their counties. Employees in the state agencies that award grants will enter, monitor and constantly update information.
TAP will allow people to search the database by key word, agency or by using a grant program name. The federal link will give users the opportunity to learn of additional federal grant opportunities.
"We're eligible for a number of federal grants in Arkansas that we never access just because people aren't aware of the programs that are out there," Huckabee said. "I'm hopeful this new resource will result in more of this money coming to Arkansas. This resource also will encourage Arkansans to work closely with the state's new Washington office, whose mission is to bring more of these grants home."
"This accessibility on the Web will be an important resource for both faith-based and secular service providers in Arkansas," said Huckabee. "For the first time, representatives of these groups will be able to go to one place to find federal, state and private funding options."
Users will also be able to obtain technical assistance, follow links to other sources and receive advice on how to partner with government agencies.