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Agency gives out $356,802 in grants

by Andrew Moreau | June 9, 2021 at 2:10 a.m.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission announced Tuesday that it has awarded $356,802 in grants to 36 counties and communities.

Grants were handed out through two programs -- the Rural Community Grant Program and the County Fair Building Grant Program.

"These grants go a long way in helping our smallest communities leverage funds to help meet critical infrastructure needs," Commerce Secretary Mike Preston said in a statement. "Strong, vibrant communities allow citizens to enjoy a better quality of life, and they make our state more attractive to new and expanding businesses which benefits all Arkansans."

The largest grant, of $15,000, was awarded to the Avoca Fire Department. The smallest -- at $4,000 each -- were given to county fairs in Franklin, Little River, Nevada, Poinsett and Scott counties.

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