The City of Humphrey was among communities to receive Arkansas Rural Services Block Grants Oct. 10 at an awards ceremony in the governor’s reception room at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Humphrey received $53,697 to purchase the SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) and turnout gear along with a thermal imaging camera and extraction equipment, according to a news release. Representatives attended the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of Humphrey.

Fourteen rural communities received a total of $947,407 through the Rural Services Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Mike Preston, Arkansas Economic Development Commission executive director, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented the awards.

The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select grant recipients. The grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’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 at least 51 percent low-to-moderate income are eligible to apply for assistance through the mayor or county judge’s office in their community.

All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2018 Rural Development Conference at Little Rock May 22-24. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities. More than 75 state legislators will join over 600 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials and community leaders at the conference.

Details: Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.