The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) recently announced grants totaling $150,000 to support Mid South Delta LISC (MSD LISC) and Delta Citizens Alliance (DCA). These organizations will connect with residents of the Arkansas Delta to create community revitalization plans and provide technical support to execute those plans.
"Moving the needle on poverty in Arkansas will require communities to create solutions to their local challenges," said Dr. Sherece Y. West, president and CEO of WRF. "Over time, our investments in resident-led community change have shown powerful results."
With WRF grant support, MSD LISC and DCA are working together to support resident-led community revitalization initiatives to improve education outcomes, housing quality and affordability, asset development, neighborhood safety, and youth recreation in Arkansas Delta communities. MSD LISC will help residents develop and implement revitalization plans. DCA will host a series of community forums to educate and mobilize residents to take actions in support of the revitalization plans.
"Building the capacity of local leaders in the Delta allows the region to help itself," said Larry Williams, executive director of DCA. "Who knows better than residents what a community needs and what needs to be done to make change?"