Grant Programs

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) 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 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. Certified Local Government, Historic Preservation Restoration and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants Grants have been distributed across the state. To see the distribution download the PDF's below.

Certified Local Governments Grants

Design guidelines for the Morrilton Commercial Historic District were developed with the help of a Certified Local Government Grant.)

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 DoradoEureka Springs, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Helena-West Helena, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Morrilton, North Little Rock, Osceola, Pine Bluff, Rogers, Russellville, Texarkana, and Van Buren.

FOR WHAT ACTIVITIES CAN CLG GRANT MONEY BE USED?

Some examples of what Arkansas CLG grant money has been used for include:

  • Training for historic district commissioners and their staff
  • Staff support for a historic district commission
  • Architectural surveys of historic areas
  • Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Development of design guidelines for use by historic preservation commissions in their review of new construction and alterations to properties within historic districts
  • Archeological surveys and excavations
  • Preservation plans for the protection of local historic resources
  • Educational materials for property owners on preservation practices
  • Brick-and-mortar restoration work on historic properties

DO CLG GRANTS REQUIRE A MATCHING CONTRIBUTION?

No. CLG grants have frequently been awarded without a match. However, because CLG grants are competitive, grants that have a match show a greater commitment from the community and therefore stand a better chance of being awarded.


COUNTY COURTHOUSE RESTORATION GRANTS

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.

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The deteriorating roof at the Woodruff County Courthouse in Augusta was restored with the help of the AHPP's County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants.)


Historic Preservation Restoration Grant

Three options are available: 

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.

Option 3

Grants of $5,000 to $9,999 are available to fund restoration projects for cemeteries listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Option 3 grants are available to non-profit organizations (501 (c) 3) and units of local government. If the cemetery is owned by any other entity, the grant may be submitted and administered by an eligible non-profit or unit of local government on behalf of the cemetery. Preference will be given to projects that are not eligible for other AHPP grants.

PLEASE NOTE: Option 3 grant recipients must provide a 20% cash match of the total project cost (i.e., a minimum $5,000 grant award requires a match of $1,000, 50% of which can be in-kind materials, services and/or labor). For Option 3 grants, the AHPP may require an archeological consultation during a scheduled visit by an Arkansas Archeological Survey station archeologist. 

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The Commandant's House at Williams Baptist College, a building dating to the site's days as a World War II airfield, was restored using AHPP Historic Preservation Restoration Grants.)


Grant Guidelines   

HPRG Grant Guidelines HPRG Grant Guidelines (254 KB)

 

NOTE: First time applicants are strongly urged to submit a Letter of Intent. By filling out a Letter of Intent, any applicant will receive feedback or may receive technical assistance and project development with AHPP staff. Technical assistance and project development may include on-site visits, consultations, explanations, or related printed materials. 

The online application submission is due between November 17 and March 9, 2018. To create a login submit a Letter of Intent or grant application, click here.



Frequently Asked Questions

Poor planning is even more expensive. AHPP strongly encourages all applicants to have a licensed architect review the property and provide written recommendations for which priorities need to be addressed first. This gives the applicant and his/her general contractor a rough roadmap to follow as they apply for funds.

No. Due to the sheer number of historic buildings in Arkansas, as well as the limits on AHPP's grant funds, we are unable to make grants for preservation/restoration directly to private owners of National Register properties. Owners of National Register-listed or eligible commercial property, including commercial residential properties, are eligible for the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

AHPP does offer grants of up to $10,000 to private property owners through Option I of the Historic Preservation Restoration Grant. These funds can only be used to fund modifications to properties on the Arkansas Register or listed as non-contributing in a National Register district, and the project must result in the properties' becoming eligible for the National Register.

AHPP funds the creation of master plans in both the Courthouse Grant Program and the Historic Preservation Restoration Grant Program. Funds can be used to hire a licensed architect to do a comprehensive assessment of the building's structure and needs, and the resulting written plan can be used to justify future grant proposals to AHPP.

$10,000 is the maximum amount for Historic Preservation Restoration Option 1 grant and the minimum for Option 2. There is no established maximum for Option 2 grants although the average grant amount is about $25,000 and rarely exceeds $80,000. Both options require the applicant to provide 2:1 cash match, so a $10,000 grant requires a $5,000 match. The Courthouse Restoration grants, which are limited to operational National Register listed county courthouses and annexes, has no minimum or maximum.



AHPP Grant Distribution MAPS

Certified Local Government and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants Distribution Certified Local Government and Historic Preservation Restoration Grants Distribution (345 KB)


Courthouse Grants Distribution Courthouse Grants Distribution (399 KB)


Downtown Revitalization Grants for Arkansas Downtown Network Cities Downtown Revitalization Grants for Arkansas Downtown Network Cities (375 KB)


Downtown Revitalization Grants for Arkansas Main Street Cities Downtown Revitalization Grants for Arkansas Main Street Cities (376 KB)


 

For additional information on AHPP grant programs, please contact us.