2020 County Courthouse Restoration Grants Announced

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Tuesday, June 25, 2019


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), announced their 2020 County Courthouse Grant recipients at an awards presentation on Tuesday, June 25, at the DAH headquarters in Little Rock.

“The courthouse is often the most beautiful, iconic structure in the county and the life of every citizen intersects with their courthouse in some way,” said Stacy Hurst, DAH director and state historic preservation officer. “The Courthouse Restoration Grants provide vital funding to help maintain these historic properties so that they can continue being the focal points of downtowns across 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, $1,531,520.00 in grant funding was given out to 25 worthy recipients who completed applications for consideration.

The recipients, the proposed projects and award amounts are:

  • Clark County, City of Arkadelphia- Repair/replace clock tower stairs, $21,600
  • Clay County, City of Corning- Master Plan prepared by an architect, $6,145
  • Clay County, City of Piggott- Master Plan prepared by an architect, $6,145
  • Cleburne County, City of Heber Springs- Phase 1 -electrical upgrades to prep for new HVAC System(s), $103,757
  • Cleveland County, City of Rison- Cornice repairs and painting, masonry repairs, $ 98,700
  • Craighead County, City of Jonesboro- Master Plan prepared by an architect, $22,000
  • Desha County, City of Arkansas City- Phase 2 - roof repairs, $251,559
  • Greene County, City of Paragould- Exterior wood repairs to windows, doors, cornice, and exterior painting, $108,500
  • Hot Spring County, City of Malvern- Masonry pointing and cleaning, $94,500
  • Howard County, City of Nashville- Replace roof of selected areas, $82,514
  • Johnson County, City of Clarksville- ADA upgrades to one restroom, $89,000
  • Lawrence County, City of Walnut Ridge- Complete roof repair, $33,000
  • Lee County, City of Marianna- Phase 2 - roof replacement, $167,000
  • Mississippi County, City of Blytheville- Repair roof structure and install clay tiles, $250,000
  • Pike County, City of Murfreesboro- Repair plumbing and sewer line, $71,500
  • Prairie County, City of Des Arc- Restore windows, paint and repair remaining windows of North elevation, $14,600
  • Saline County, City of Benton- Master Plan prepared by an architect, $33,000
  • Searcy County, City of Marshall- Condition Assessment prepared by an architect, $25,000
  • Washington County, City of Fayetteville- Repair roof & gutters, $53,000

To apply for a County Courthouse Grant a structure must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places or eligible for listing, either individually or as a contributing resource in a historic district. You can review grant programs run through the AHPP and qualifications at

“We have seen dramatic improvements in these historic structures thanks to the Courthouse Grants and the feedback from the communities is overwhelmingly positive,” said Scott Kaufman, director of the AHPP. “I’m really proud of the hands-on approach our team takes working with the administrators of the facilities from start to finish. The program is managed by Tom Marr and it is administered by Joia Burton with assistance from Brian Driscoll, Catherine Barrier and Paul Porter.”

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division 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.


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