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Grant Programs


The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, administers or assists grant programs that seek to preserve the state's historic resources while broadening our appreciation of Arkansas history and historic preservation. The programs, financed through state general revenues, proceeds of the state Real Estate Transfer Tax, and/or federal funds received from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, provide assistance to governments, organizations and individuals seeking to preserve historic Arkansas for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

NOTE: Anyone who is interested in applying for a County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant or Historic Preservation Restoration Grant is strongly urged to complete a Letter of Intent form. By filling out a Letter of Intent, potential applicants can work with the AHPP staff in developing their restoration projects. Letters of Intent can be filed at any time during the year.

The Letter of Intent can be completed online by clicking on the icon below OR by downloading the PDF form.
Letter of Intent Online Form



Click here to see a map of how Certified Local Government and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants have been distributed.

Click here to see a map of how County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants have been distributed.

Click here to see a map of how Main Street Model Business, Downtown Restoration, and Slipcover Removal Grants have been distributed.

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Brief outlines of these grant programs follow.

Certified Local Government Grants

Certified Local Government Grants
Certified Local Government Grants

City and county governments in Arkansas that participate in the AHPP's Certified Local Government (CLG) program are eligible for pass-through grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund. AHPP must subgrant at least 10% of its annual federal appropriation to CLGs each year. (CLG grants can also be used to assist local governments seeking to join the program.)

CLG pass-through grants can be used for a variety of local historic preservation projects, including architectural surveys of historic sites or districts, preparation of nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, development of educational materials for historic property owners, and rehabilitation of local historic structures. CLG grants are often used to provide training and support to local historic district commissions.

Nineteen Arkansas cities currently participate in the Certified Local Government program: Batesville, Benton, Blytheville, Conway, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Morrilton, North Little Rock, Osceola, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Russellville, Texarkana, and Van Buren.

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County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants

Monroe County Courthouse
Monroe County Courthouse

The AHPP's County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants have been used to help restore historic county courthouses in 61 of the state's 75 counties since they were created in 1989, helping to extend the lives of structures that hold vital links to community pride and local history. Participating counties donate facade easements on their historic county courthouses in return for financial assistance in rehabilitating the buildings. Grant funds come primarily from the Real Estate Transfer Tax, administered by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. Total amounts available to be shared among applicants annually have ranged from $150,000 to $1,000,000.


    
Application Documents

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Historic Preservation Restoration Grants

Historic Preservation Restoration Grants
Historic Preservation Restoration Grants

Two Historic Preservation Restoration Grant options are available for rehabilitation of historic structures in Arkansas.

Option 1: Grants of up to $10,000 are available to the owners of properties that are 1) listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places and/or 2) identified as a non-contributing structure in a National Register District; if the grant project will make the property eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the owner follows through with the National Register listing process.

Option 2: Grants at a minimum of $10,000 are available to the owners of properties that meet all of the following criteria: (a) listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and (b) owned by a not-for-profit organization or a municipality. No Option 2 grants will be made to individuals. Preference will be given to projects that are not eligible for other AHPP grant programs.

PLEASE NOTE: Recipients of Option 2 grants must donate a conservation easement on the property for which the grant is awarded. Both categories of grants require a 50 percent cash match (i.e.: a $10,000 grant would require at least a $5,000 cash match). Applications can be made for only one grant in one Historic Preservation Restoration Grant category per grant cycle.

NOTE: Any first time applicant who is interested in applying for a County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant or Historic Preservation Restoration Grant for the next grant cycle is urged to complete a Letter of Intent form, which can be submitted online OR downloaded by  clicking here. By filling out a Letter of Intent, potential applicants can work with the AHPP staff in developing their restoration projects.

Application Documents

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For additional information on AHPP grant programs, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], write the agency at AHPP, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, or send an e-mail message to info@arkansaspreservation.org.

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