A number of entities in the region have recently received grants from the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $351,763.44 to 31 rural communities at an awards ceremony May 25, an AEDC Rural Services news release states. The event was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center, and the communities were selected for funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program’s Cycle II of fiscal year 2017.
In attendance were representatives receiving Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant awards on behalf of Mansfield, Midland and the Altus Rural Fire Department. Mansfield received $14,750 to replace noncompliant playground equipment, Midland received $11,475 to purchase a warning siren for the community and the surrounding area, and the Altus Rural Fire Department received $3,038.39 to purchase equipment for a new pumper truck.
AEDC Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in two cycles each year. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office.
For more information about Rural Services and their grant programs, contact Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
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