Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,402,561 in grants for projects in 44 Arkansas counties – including Phillips County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant, Main Street Slipcover Grant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Friday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,402,561 in grants for projects in 44 Arkansas counties – including Phillips County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant, Main Street Slipcover Grant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.

       The Helena Museum of Phillips County received a $40,000 Historic Preservation Restoration Grant for roof and exterior restoration at the 1891 Helena Library and Museum. Main Street Helena received a $15,000 Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant.

       Twenty-five projects shared $756,763 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grants (HPRG), which distributes 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 $1,498,725.

             Sixteen Main Street Arkansas programs shared $240,000 in Downtown Revitalization Grants, which are funded through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax and are available to certified 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.

                    There currently are 19 Arkansas cities in the CLG program: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Van Buren, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Conway, Pine Bluff, Morrilton, Texarkana, Rogers, Russellville, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Batesville, Benton, Osceola and Blytheville. Several others are working to become part of the CLG program.

       For more information on the AHPP’s grant programs, write the agency at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.