AEDC Awards $352K in Community and Block Grants

AEDC Awards $352K in Community and Block Grants

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission on Wednesday announced that its Division of Rural Services had awarded 22 community grants totaling $277,586.60 and one block grant of $75,000 to counties and communities across the state.

The town of South Lead Hill was awarded a $75,000 Rural Services Block Grant. Through the program, grants are available to incorporated towns and rural communities with a population of less than 3,000 and at least 51% of residents with low to moderate income.

Infrastructure funded through the grant may include such projects as new construction or renovation of community centers, fire stations, or multi-purpose buildings, and the purchase of fire trucks, the AEDC said in a news release. The match for this grant is 10% and may be comprised of in-kind labor, in-kind materials, or cash.

Under the Rural Community Grant Program, applicants from incorporated towns of less than 3,000 people and unincorporated rural areas are eligible for up to $15,000 in matching funds for community development and fire protection projects. The program requires a 50% match for counties and communities to qualify.

The 22 communities awarded Rural Community Grants this cycle are:

  • Western Greene County Fire District, $15,000
  • Avoca Fire Department, $15,000
  • City Of Bald Knob, $13,343.50
  • City Of Bono, $15,000
  • Town of Briarcliff, $15,000
  • City Of Clinton, $15,000
  • Town Of Colt, $15,000
  • Cotter-Gassville Rural Fire Protection District, $12,811.75
  • Highland Fire Department, $12,175
  • Holland Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000
  • City Of Jasper, $15,000
  • City Of Leachville, $14,325
  • Town Of Lynn, $5,292.10
  • Oakland Promise Land Community, $14,707.70
  • Ola Fire Department, $15,000
  • Pangburn Volunteer Fire Department, $9,000
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department, $6,332.55
  • Pineville Fire Department, $14,861
  • Town Of Sulphur Rock, $3,238
  • City Of Taylor, $6,500
  • Tillar Fire Department, $15,000
  • Watalula Volunteer Fire Department, $15,000