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, email@example.com, 501-324-9880.
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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.