The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP), a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), announced their 2020 Downtown Revitalization Grant recipients at an awards presentation on Tuesday, June 25, at the DAH headquarters in Little Rock. The grants are administered by Main Street Arkansas.
This year, $309,500 in grant funding was given out to 37 projects on Main Streets and in downtowns across Arkansas. The Mena Downtown Partners received $1,000.
“I am constantly impressed with our Main Street and Arkansas Downtown Network programs and the work they are doing to revitalize their communities,” said Stacy Hurst, DAH director and state historic preservation officer.
“We are pleased to present these grants to worthy programs knowing the funding will protect the state’s historic fabric and generate economic development activity across Arkansas. The improvements will enrich the experience of all who walk through the streets of these downtowns.”
Recipients of Downtown Revitalization Grants are allowed to use the money for a wide range of projects such as building rehabilitations, parks, streetscape improvements and other design-related projects that will have major long-term impacts in the local Main Street area. To be considered for the grant the community must be certified as part of the Main Street Arkansas program which is governed by guidelines set out by Main Street America.