2 local projects receive historic preservation funding

Two local projects are among the recipients of 2020 Historic Preservation Restoration Grants from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The recipients were announced at an awards presentation at DAH headquarters in Little Rock in late June.

Among the 24 recipients sharing almost $800,000 in grant funding were projects in Baxter and Searcy counties.

In Baxter County, the Galatia Church Association received $10,000 in funding. The grant will be used to restore wood windows and siding at the former Galatia Church.

In Searcy County, just over $63,000 was awarded to replace windows and soffit/fascia trim, install an ADA ramp and for masonry repointing of the Old Searcy Jail.

Stacy Hurst, DAH director and state historic preservation officer, says "The Historic Preservation Restorations Grants have been given out annually since 1996 and have allowed the state to partner with non-profits, municipalities and small groups that otherwise would not be able to make needed repairs to significantly historic properties."

According to the AHPP, the purpose of the Historic Preservation and Restoration Grant program is to encourage and promote preservation of Arkansas's historic resources by providing financial assistance for restoration of historic properties. The program is financed through proceeds of the Real Estate Transfer Tax.

There are three levels of grants available to qualifying applicants. In general, structures must be eligible to be or listed on the National Register of Historic Places or be part of a registered historic district, plus provide a certain percentage of a cash match.

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