The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program awarded nearly $3 million in grants for projects in 58 Arkansas counties — including Jefferson County — through the County Courthouse Restoration Grant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.


Pine Bluff Downtown Development received a $15,000 Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant.


The preservation program is a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH.)


“These grants help protect our state’s historic resources, encouraging community revitalization, civic pride and quality of life,” DAH Director Stacy Hurst said in a news release. “We are proud to partner with these entities and protect the best of authentic Arkansas.”


Main Street Arkansas


Twenty-one Main Street Arkansas programs shared $315,000 in Downtown Revitalization Grants, which are funded through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax and are available to accredited Main Street programs for building rehabilitations, parks, streetscape improvements and other design-related projects that will have major long-term impacts in the local Main Street area, according to the release.


In addition to the Pine Bluff agency, other Main Street programs receiving $15,000 grants included Batesville, Blytheville, Dumas, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana, West Memphis, the Conway Downtown Partnership, Downtown Jonesboro Association, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Southside Main Street Project and the Argenta Downtown Council in North Little Rock.


Downtown Revitalization Grants


An additional $18,000 in Downtown Revitalization Grants was awarded to cities involved in Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the programs in Arkadelphia, Morrilton, Clarksville, Forrest City, Fort Smith, Hardy, Heber Springs, Hope, Malvern, Mena, Monticello, Newport, Paris, Pocahontas, Prairie Grove, Rector, Warren and Wynne.


County Courthouse Restoration Grants


Twenty-four counties shared $1,755,986 in County Courthouse Restoration Grants, which are financed through Real Estate Transfer Tax funds distributed by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council for rehabilitation of historic county courthouses across Arkansas. Funding requests totaled $6,912,992.


Counties receiving courthouse grants were Arkansas, $5,280; Boone, $56,510; Bradley, $36,000; Cleburne, $40,000; Cleveland, $29,500; Crittenden, $20,000; Dallas, $47,500; Desha, $235,430; Hot Spring, $100,000; Independence, $54,600; Johnson, $37,510; Lafayette, $40,000; Lawrence, $215,730; Lee, $100,000; Lincoln, $66,498; Little River, $127,000; Madison, $57,153; Monroe, $16,577; Montgomery, $24,000; Pike, $82,500; Prairie, $74,269; Stone, $111,929; Van Buren, $102,000, and Washington, $76,000.


Historic Preservation Restoration Grants


Twenty-nine projects shared $874,795 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grants (HPRG), which distribute funds raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax to rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations. Grant requests totaled $2,279,416.


HPRG recipients, the amount of their grants, and the properties to be restored, included these in Southeast Arkansas: Bradley County Historical Museum, $10,540 for roof and siding restoration at the John Martin House in Warren; City of Warren, $50,000 for HVAC and to make the former Warren and Ouachita Railway Station accessible to all; Drew County Historical Society and Museum, and $94,265 for roof restoration at the Garvin Cavaness House in Monticello.


For details on other HPRG recipients or for more information, call 501-324-9880, email info@arkansaspreservation.org, visit www.arkansaspreservation.org or write to 1100 North Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.