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Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants

LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announces the fiscal year 2021 Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants.

“The work of preserving historic structures across Arkansas is a duty we take seriously at Arkansas Heritage,” said Jimmy Bryant, director of Heritage. “I admire and appreciate the work from the applicants, their committees and teams of experts, and our grant selection committee. Every year we not only look forward to awarding this money but seeing the progress photos and reports that come into our office. The real winners in all of this are the citizens of our state.”

The County Courthouse Restoration Grant is an annual grant that has been in existence since 1988. It is funded primarily by an annual grant to the AHPP by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) using Real Estate Transfer Tax (RETT) funds. The purpose of the County Courthouse Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote the preservation and continued use of Arkansas’s historic courthouses by providing financial assistance for restoration, selected maintenance and accessibility projects.

This year, $1,671,349 in grant funding was given out to 16 worthy recipients who completed applications for consideration.

The courthouse recipients, the proposed projects and award amounts are:

Arkansas County, Stuttgart, ADA ramp installation, $61,664

Bradley County, Warren, clock tower roof/cupola restoration, $85,000

Carroll County, Berryville, condition assessment report, $13,750

Chicot County, Lake Village, water drainage system exploration, $22,150

Clay County, Piggott, roof replacement, $222,660

Conway County, Morrilton, replace entry doors, $67,318

Dallas County, Fordyce, cornice repair, $80,250

Franklin County, Ozark, masonry pointing and repairs (parapet courses), $175,000

Hot Spring County, Malvern, 100% repoint masonry, $222,900

Lee County, Marianna, roof replacement, $108,000

Miller County, Texarkana, roof – phase 2, $216,653

Ouachita County, Camden, clock tower restoration, $90,500

Poinsett County, Harrisburg, masonry cornice repairs, $70,686

Polk County, Mena, HVAC and steel window restoration, $142,310

Prairie County, DeValls Bluff, roof replacement and soffit repairs, $60,113

Woodruff County, Augusta, repair lobby floor over abandoned staircase, $32,395

The purpose of the Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote preservation of Arkansas’s historic resources by providing financial assistance for restoration of historic properties. The program is financed through proceeds of the Real Estate Transfer Tax.

This year, $796,460 in grant funding was given out to 22 deserving applicants. The amount of funding fluctuates each year depending on the taxes collected.

The Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant recipients, the proposed projects and award amounts are:

Conway County, Morrilton, Big Cuppa, LLC, restore window – 205 Broadway, $8,950

Pulaski County, Little Rock, Pulaski, Jane E. Anderson, remove artificial siding and restore original siding – 404 Louise St, $10,000

Clark County, Arkadelphia, City of Arkadelphia, replace tile roof – depot, $70,700

Prairie County, Hazen, City of Hazen, masonry pointing, wood repair and painting – Rock Island Depot, $44,897

Polk County, Mena, City of Mena, ADA restroom – Mena Depot, $13,487

Drew County, Monticello, City of Monticello, capstone repair and masonry pointing – Monticello Post Office, $63,317

Mississippi County, Osceola, City of Osceola, fire damage repairs – Old Post Office/City Hall, $22,000

White County, Searcy, City of Searcy, replace roof – American Legion Hut #106, $60,000

Washington County, Springdale, City of Springdale, replace roof and repair soffits – Rabbits Foot Lodge, $62,238

Monroe County, Clarendon, Clarendon First United Methodist Church, roof and stained-glass window repairs, $19,998

Nevada County, Emmet, Emmet United Methodist Church, roof replacement, $37,775

Carroll County, Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs Historical Museum, repair chimneys, roof & windows, selective masonry pointing, $14,836

Baxter County, Galatia, Galatia Community Building Inc., roof replacement and siding repairs, $32,200

Ashley County, Hamburg, Hamburg First United Methodist Church, reset limestone capstones and masonry pointing, $27,178

Carroll County, Eureka Springs, Heart of Many Ways, replace roof – former First Church of Christ Scientist, $20,000

Newton County, Jasper, Newton County, replace roof – former Newton County Jail, $26,667

Crawford County, Winslow, Ozark Folkways, exterior repairs and restoration – Muxen Building, $17,575

Logan County, Paris, Paris First United Methodist Church, restore entrance steps and preservation plan, $57,455

Garland County, Hot Springs, People Helping Others Excel By Example (P.H.O.E.B.E.), continue masonry and replace low slope roof(s) – John L Webb House, $78,251

Sebastian County, Fort Smith, St. John’s Episcopal Church, restore stained glass window, $42,644

Independence County, Batesville, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, roof repair, $58,240

Nevada County, Moscow, Nevada County Depot & Museum, monument restoration – Moscow Cemetery, $8,052

To learn more about the application process for AHPP awarded grants, visit http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Programs/Funding/grants-programs. For more information about Courthouse and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants, please contact Joia Burton, joia.burton@arkansas.gov, 501-324-9880.

For more information and media inquiries please contact Melissa Whitfield, melissa.whitfield@arkansas.gov.

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) is an agency of Arkansas Heritage. AHPP is responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

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