Gov. Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews presented $168,324.56 to 18 rural communities selected for Fiscal Year 2013 Cycle 3 funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program at an awards ceremony on June 18held at the State Capitol in the Governor's Conference Room.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Fire Protection Grant award on behalf of Lake View in Phillips County. The Lake View Volunteer Fire Department received $5,000 to make improvements to their station
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three 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 the Department of Rural Services and their grant programs contact Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.