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Arkansas Historic Preservation Program accepting letters of intent

Friday, November 25, 2005

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, will accept letters of intent from constituents who intend to apply for grant funding through its Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Sub-grant programs through Feb. 13, 2006, AHPP Director Ken Grunewald announced.

"In recent years, we have received applications that did not address the major preservation issues, such as seeking funding for floor restoration instead of a leaking roof," Grunewald said. "By sending letters of intent for the 2006 grants cycle, potential applicants can receive technical assistance from the AHPP and ensure that their grant requests focus on things that will help ensure the long-term survival of their historic buildings."

Two historic Preservation Restoration Grant options are available for rehabilitation of historic structures in Arkansas:

* Option 1 grants of up to $10,000 are available to the owners of properties that are listed on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places or are non-contributing structures in National Register historic districts 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 of $10,000 or more are available to owners of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and owned by a non-for-profit organization or a local government.

County courthouse restoration subgrants are available for preservation work at county courthouse buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The program uses funds provided by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, which distributes money raised through the state real estate transfer tax.

Guidelines and applications for the letters of intent, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant and County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant programs can be downloaded from the AHPP Web site at http://www.arkansas preservation.org/preservation/ grants.asp or by writing AHPP Grants, 1500 Tower Building, 333 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Requests also can be sent to the agency via fax at 501-324-9184 or via e-mail at joia@arkansasheritage.org. The deadline for submitting letters of intent is Feb. 13 2006; faxed or-mailed applications will not be accepted.

Completed grant applications for county courthouse restoration subgrants and Historic Preservation Restoration grants will be April 14, 2006.

The AHPP is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resource. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historical Arkansas Museum.



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