Caraway Receives Rural Services Block Grant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Pictured are, from left: Emily Hathcock, Johnny Boatman, Cleffie Gipson, JoAnn Riley, Bill Riley, Mayor Barry Riley, Governor Mike Beebe, ARDC Chair Bob Lucky, ARDC Commissioner Peggy Williams, DRS Director John Andrews, ARDC Commissioner Marvin Exum, Jennifer Chunn. Not pictured: Senator David Burnett and Representative Homer Lenderman.

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe and DRS Director John Andrews presented $711,500 to 12 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2013. The grant awards were distributed at a Feb. 27 awards ceremony held in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant award on behalf of Caraway in Craighead County. The city of Caraway recieved $47,500 to renovate their community center.

The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the Rural Services Block Grant recipients. The grant program is funded through HUD's Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is administered for the State and the Department of Rural Services through a partnership with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population and that are 51% or above on the low-to-moderate income scale are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge's offic

All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2013 Rural Development Conference in Hot Springs on May 14-16. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas' rural communities. Over 75 state legislators will join over 500 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference.

For more information about the Rural Development Conference or DRS grant programs, please contact the Department of Rural Services at 1-888-787-2527.

Pictured are, from left: Emily Hathcock, Johnny Boatman, Cleffie Gipson, Jo Ann Riley, Bill Riley, Mayor Barry Riley, Governor Mike Beebe, ARDC Chair Bob Lucky, ARDC Commissioner Peggy Williams, DRS Director John Andrews, ARDC Commissioner Marvin Exum, Jennifer Chunn. Not pictured: Senator David Burnett and Representative Homer Lenderman. (photo provided)

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