Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $60,230 in grants for projects in nine cities – including Helena-West Helena – through its Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant program.

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $60,230 in grants for projects in nine cities – including Helena-West Helena – through its Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant program.

       Helena-West Helena received a $5,750 CLG Grant for preservation consultant services, staff and commission training and supplies.

       Other CLG Grant recipients were Conway, $2,500 for a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the College Avenue Historic District; El Dorado, $8,532 for preservation consultant services, staff and commission training, memberships and to reprint a walking tour brochure; Eureka Springs, $17,095 for restoration of the city’s doughboy statue’s base, a statewide historic district commissioner training, staff and commission training, and a new walking tour map; Fort Smith, $744 for staff and commission training, and Fayetteville, $14,291 for a National Register nomination of the Meadow Street Historic District, a historic structures database and Story Map website, and staff and commission training.

   Also receiving CLG Grants were Pine Bluff, $8,500 for a structural assessment mini-grant program, Saenger Theater restoration work and staff and commission training; Texarkana, $1,378 for staff and commission training, and Van Buren, $1,440 for staff and commission training.

   The AHPP’s Certified Local Government Grant program is open to Arkansas cities and counties that contain a historic district commission and a historic district protected by a local ordinance. These grants provide training opportunities to local historic district commissions and can fund other local preservation projects. At least 10 percent of the AHPP’s annual appropriation from the federal Historic Preservation Fund goes to CLG cities as grants for local projects. Grant requests totaled $123,051.

   There currently are 20 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, Dumas, Osceola and Blytheville. Several others are working to become part of the CLG program.

   The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies 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.