AHPP Accepting Letters of Intent for Grant Programs





LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept Letters of Intent through January 7, 2016, from constituents who intend to apply for grant funding through its Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

“Each historic building has a unique set of preservation concerns and we attempt to work with each applicant to prioritize these specific issues. For example, if a property has a leaking roof, we would not award a grant for a floor restoration,” McSwain said. “By sending Letters of Intent, potential applicants can receive technical assistance from the AHPP and ensure that their grant requests during the spring grant cycle focus on things that will help ensure the long-term survival of their historic buildings.”

Three Historic Preservation Restoration Grant options are available:

* Option 1 grants of up to $10,000 are available to the owners of properties that are listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places or are non-contributing structures in National Register historic districts if the grant project will make the property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the owner follows through with National Register listing

* Option 2 grants of $10,000 or more are available to the owners of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by a not-for-profit organization or a local government.

* Option 3 grants of $5,000 to $9,999 are available for preservation projects in cemeteries listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants are available for preservation work at county courthouse buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The program uses funds provided by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, which distributes money raised through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax.

Guidelines and applications for the Letters of Intent can be downloaded from the AHPP web site at http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/Preservation-Services/grants-programs or by writing AHPP Grants, 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201. Requests also can be sent to the agency via fax at (501) 324-9184 or via e-mail at [email protected].

The AHPP is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.