Center aims to help nonprofits and small towns grow

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Small towns and nonprofits are the focus of a new center in Jonesboro.

The Center for Nonprofit and Small Town Support was created in October through the Crowley's Ridge Development Council.

Hannah Barnett, program coordinator, said the idea for the center came from a nonprofit in Cross County.

Barnett said leaders reached out to the CRDC in need of administrative help. They decided to create a center that could help other nonprofits and small towns.

"We offer grant writing, accounting, HR, and IT, so my role is the grant writing and the grant management," Barnett said. "So, we do the grant research in here, and we write the grant, and after the grant has been awarded, we manage the grant."

These services are offered at a lower cost to help small towns and nonprofits grow and succeed.

"Where I see the need is absolutely everywhere," Barnett said. "They all need help. They want that grant money. They know it's available, but they don't know how to go about to get it."

Barnett said many nonprofits or small communities don't have the funds to hire full-time grant writers or the time to do some administrative work and that's where she can help.

The center has ten clients so far, but Barnett said she wants to help more small communities and nonprofits be the best they can be.

Barnett said the CRDC does not make a profit from this center.

The fees are in place to allow them to break even for providing the services.

For information on the cost of services click here.

For more information, contact Barnett at 870-333-5118, 870-819-6526, or

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