The city of Caraway received a $27,000 Rural Services Block Grant last month during a special awards ceremony held in the Old Supreme Court Room at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
"We plan to use the grant money to purchase Jaws of Life equipment," said Mayor Barry Riley.
Local and state leaders on hand for the grant presentation include Francille Honeycutt, Dale Freeman, DRS Director Butch Calhoun, Mayor Barry Riley, Governor Mike Beebe, ARDC-Chair Steve Cole, Marcia Stevens, Roger Adcock, and Fire Chief Bo James.
State block grants totaled $500,000 and were presented to 13 rural communities at the awards ceremony.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to award the recipients. The grant program is funded through HUD's Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the State of the Department of Rural Services through partnership with the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. To qualify the town or community must have less that 3,000 in population.
The 2008 Rural Development Conference will be held in Eureka Springs May 21 to May 23. This annual conference is usually attended by 75 state legislators, 450 mayors, county judges, and other state and federal officials and community leaders.