$863K awarded during Arkansas Rural Development Summit


The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) Rural Services Division recently awarded grants totaling $863,010 to 37 Arkansas cities and counties through two grant programs, and a number of area cities were included in the awards.The grants were presented to recipients during the Arkansas Rural Development Summit, held May 12 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

A total of $472,420 was awarded to seven cities and counties under the Rural Services Block Grant Program to fund new construction or renovation of community centers, fire stations, or multi-purpose buildings, as well as the purchase of fire trucks (pumper, tanker, brush, or certain service trucks). Applicants from incorporated towns of less than 3,000 in population and unincorporated rural areas with low to moderate incomes of 51 percent or higher are eligible for up to $75,000 in funds under the program with a 10 percent match.

A total of $390,590 was awarded to 30 cities and counties under the Rural Community Grant Program to fund projects such as baseball fields, community parks, walking trails, community center, fire stations, fire trucks, and other fire protection-related equipment. Applicants from incorporated towns of less than 3,000 in population and unincorporated rural areas are eligible for up to $15,000 in matching funds under the program.

Local communities receiving Rural Community and Block Grants include:

Clarkridge Fire Department, $15,000;
City of Cotter, $15,000;
Cotter-Gassville Rural Fire, $15,000;
Oakland Promise Land Fire Protection District, $12,232;
City of Jasper, $15,000;
Pindall Fire Department, $61,598.00;
Bergman Volunteer Fire, $12,728.00; and
Community of Fox, $7,990.00

Other communities receiving Rural Services Block Grants include:

City of Lewisville, $74,295.00
St. Paul Fire Department, $75,000.00
Nevada County, $75,000.00
City of Huntington, $75,000.00
City of Winslow, $58,626.00

Communities receiving Rural Community Grants were:

Bay Fire Department, $15,000.00
City of Carlisle, $15,000.00
Daisy Fire Department, $15,000.00
City of Des Arc, $7,500.00
East Monroe Volunteer Fire, $15,000.00
Gravette Fire Department, $15,000.00
City of Green Forest, $15,000.00
Town of Highfill , $15,000.00
Highland Fire Department, $15,000.00
Town of Keo, $13,200.00
Newark Fire Department, $5,448.00
Oak Prairie Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.00
Pangburn Fire Department, $15,000.00
Poinsett County, $15,000.00
Prairie County, $15,000.00
Community of Cherry Hill, $15,000.00
Cord Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000.00
City of Evening Shade, $3,855.00
City of Hampton, $15,000.00
Lincoln Fire Department, $15,000.00
Southridge Volunteer Fire Department, $3,297.00
City of Star City, $12,990.00
Town of Willisville, $11,350.00

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