The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council distributed $27.3 million last week in conservation and historic preservation grants to fund 22 requests from six state agencies, 11 colleges and universities, and the treasurer’s office for fiscal year 2021, which starts July 1st.
The ANCRC awarded $237,000 to the University of Arkansas Community College Rich Mountain for the second phase of the renovation of the historic armory in Mena.
The State Parks division was awarded $9 million for park improvements, including $900,000 for War Memorial Stadium renovations and upgrades, and $9 million to the Division of Arkansas Heritage for various improvement projects around the state.
State law directs the council to use its funds from a real estate transfer tax for the acquisition, management and stewardship of state-owned lands or the preservation of state-owned historic sites, buildings, structures, or objects. The council can spend money on objects determined to be of value for recreational or conservation projects.