Mena Downtown Partners will be providing financial incentives for
downtown property owners or tenants 1) to make exterior improvements
to existing downtown properties or 2) purchase signage for their
downtown business. Three grant awards up to $500 each will be
made. These are not matching fund grants.
The purpose of this grant program is:
To strengthen downtown business potential by retaining and attracting
To restore the economic vitality of Mena’s downtown through
increased sales, promotion, services and valuation of property.
To improve the aesthetics of the downtown district.
Projects to be considered must be within the boundaries of the
downtown commercial district. The district includes the streets of
Mena and DeQueen from Hickory to Oak and all intersecting streets
between DeQueen and Mena from and including Hickory to Oak along with
Sherwood Street from Seventh to Fourth Street. Deadline for
application submission is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Applications and
Guidelines may be picked up at American Artisans and Wild Hare Art
Glass Studio. These will be reimbursable grants that will be paid
after the project is completed and paid invoices and proof of payment
Grant award recipients will be notified by September 15. All projects
must be completed with appropriate paperwork, photos, etc. submitted
to Mena Downtown Partners no later than December 15, 2021.
Linda Ostman, president of the Downtown Partners, advises that this is
another effort of the program to promote and revitalize downtown Mena.
Ostman encourages any of the downtown businesses to apply.