(LITTLE ROCK) In a ceremony at the Department of Arkansas Heritage headquarters in Little Rock, four grants were given out to a number of worthy cities, groups, and projects.
Historic Preservation Restoration Grants-
This year, $796,7061 in grant funding was given out to 24 worthy recipients who completed applications for consideration. The amount of funding fluctuates each year depending on the taxes collected;
The City of Mena received a grant for renovations in the amount of $28,526.68 that will be used at the former train depot, which houses the Mena / Polk County Chamber of Commerce.
Mena Mayor Seth Smith stated that “receiving this grant will provide much needed electrical and plumbing upgrades to the depot. Updating these crucial necessities is vital in maintaining the infrastructure of this historical building.”
Grants of $10,000 or more are available to the owners of properties that meet all of the following criteria: (a) listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and (b) owned by a not-for-profit organization or a municipality.
In total, the project at the train depot will result in $42,
Tiffany Lane, of The Mena Depot Commission authored the grant application and will ore than likely administer the grant throughout the process.