Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $996,958.66 to 15 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2019. Among the communities was Corley in rural Logan County, at the base of Mount Magazine.The grant awards were distributed October 18 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor's Reception Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

In attendance were representatives receiving an

Arkansas Rural Services Block Grant award on behalf of Corley Mountain in Logan County. The Corley Mountain Rural Fire Department was awarded $60,000 to purchase turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatus units.

The AEDC Division 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 Division of Rural Services through a partnership with the AEDC Grants Division.

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 office.

For more information about the Rural Services Block Grant Program or other funding opportunities, please contact the Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURALAR.